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Scott Eblin

Executive Coach Executive coach Scott Eblin’s goal is to help you succeed at the next level of leadership. Throughout the week, he’ll offer his take on the leadership lessons in the news and his advice on your most pressing leadership questions. A former government executive, Scott is a graduate of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and is the author of The Next Level: What Insiders Know About Executive Success.
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Let Me Entertain Me: Three Ways To Tame Your Inner Smart Aleck

May 4, 2011 As the reporting on the operation against Osama bin Laden unfolds, a good bit has been made of the poker face aspect of President Obama artfully delivering one liners at the White House Correspondents Dinner the night before the raid. You can watch Obama's routine here. (Be sure to look ...

Leadership and the Demise of Osama bin Laden

May 2, 2011 When I went to bed on Sunday night at 10:30 pm, the last thing I expected to read when I woke up on Monday morning was that U.S. special forces have killed Osama bin Laden. As I write this, the details of the operation and the decision process that preceded ...

Five Ways to Survive a Clueless Boss

April 28, 2011 Well, after many years in the job, Michael Scott has left the office at Dunder Mifflin to pursue other dreams. It remains to be seen how things are going to go for the team with the new boss. You may or may not be surprised how often I hear in ...

Bossypants: Leadership Lessons from Tina Fey

April 26, 2011 I did something this past weekend that I rarely do. I read a business book all the way through. (You see, the dirty little secret about most business books is you can get the meat from them with a heavy skim in an hour or less.) Of course, having read ...

What Leaders Need to Learn from American Idol

April 25, 2011 If you been reading this blog for awhile, you know that this is the time of year when my corporate friend, Jennifer, and I handicap and kibitz about American Idol in emails we send each other. We both agree that the show is way better than we expected it to ...

The Math of Leadership

April 22, 2011 I have a confession to make. I'm not that great at math. Don't get me wrong, I can do the basics, but I'm not going to be writing any Google or Facebook style algorithms anytime soon. My math challenges literally go back to first grade when the concept of subtraction ...

You Like Me, You Really Like Me

April 19, 2011 One of the most e-mailed articles on the New York Times website the past couple of days has been an article by David Carr on how it seems to be acceptable behavior to text someone else while you're in a conversation with an actual live person who is in the ...

Five Ways to Get Your Calendar Under Control

April 18, 2011 It seems like I talk with clients about the challenge of taming their calendars at least two or three times a week. In the age of interconnected scheduling systems like Outlook and the continuous push to get more done with less in any given day, more and more leaders feel ...

Leadership and Getting 900 College Students to Show Up on a Saturday Morning

April 12, 2011 OK, this post is going to sound like a dad who's proud of his son. Well, it is, but there are some serious leadership lessons in it as well. As I've written here before, my son, Andy, is a senior at James Madison University. This past Saturday morning was probably ...

Start with the Deliverables, Then Work on the Do-Ables

April 11, 2011 Back in the days when I was a corporate executive myself, I had the good fortune to work on several occasions with Professor Dave Ulrich of the University of Michigan. Dave is one of the all time great thinkers on how lead and organize people to get results. I learned ...