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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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What Do You Make of This?

October 13, 2011 One of my idiosyncratic sources of fun is inserting random lines from movies into everyday conversation. Kevin Bacon shouting, "All is well. Remain calm!" right before the riot runs over him at the end of Animal House would be an example. Another one is when the Lloyd Bridges character in...

Occupy Wall Street and Post Heroic Leadership

October 11, 2011 A few weeks ago, I was having lunch with a friend of mine who works for one of the big banks. If you saw him in his sharp suit and power tie, you'd guess that he's a pretty big deal and you'd be right. We were talking about leadership and...

What We Should and Shouldn't Learn from the Life of Steve Jobs

October 7, 2011 Even though it was sadly expected, the news of Steve Jobs' passing this week hit me like a punch in the gut. Clearly, I was not alone. The outpouring of tributes and remembrances tell us something. He was an especially gifted human being who, in his own ways, helped change...

Why All the Leaders Are Above Average

October 6, 2011 My friends at SmartBrief on Leadership run a weekly poll on a question of interest to their 165,000 readers. A great guy named Mike Figliuolo, author of the just released One Piece of Paper, comes up with the questions and offers his analysis on the results. This week's write up...

An Admiral's Take On Admiral Mike Mullen's Leadership

October 3, 2011 October 1, 2011 marks the retirement of Admiral Mike Mullen from the U.S. Navy and from his role as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The Washington Post's David Ignatius offers a nice recap of the Mullen years in an exit interview column with the Chairman. I'm an admirer...

Are You Accountable or Responsible?

September 30, 2011 Are you accountable or responsible? What's the difference and why does it matter? The first time I heard this distinction was years ago in one of my first coaching engagements. I was interviewing colleagues of my client and a senior executive said, "He needs to be more accountable and less...

How to Quit Kicking the Can Down the Road

September 27, 2011 CNN's Fareed Zakaria is one of the smartest people I don't know. His GPS (Global Public Square) show on Sunday afternoon is an oasis of civil and intelligent discussion on world events in a desert of babble and blather. He opened this week's show with a commentary on the burgeoning...

How to Get Fired in Less Than a Year

September 23, 2011 There are a lot of things you could say about the board of directors at Hewlett Packard but being afraid to pull the trigger is not one of them. With its dismissal of Leo Apotheker, the HP board has fired three CEO's in the past six years. Apotheker lasted 11...

How to Save Your Change Management Program From Cancellation

September 22, 2011 Earlier this week, I was leading a workshop for a group of leaders in a company that's been around for a long time. They're at the beginning of an enterprise wide, top to bottom reimagining of the business. There's a mix of excitement, ambiguity and uncertainty in the air. Everyone...

Being Busy Makes You Stupid

September 19, 2011 Being busy makes you stupid. And when I say, "you", I mean me. Heck, I'll just say it out loud. Being busy makes me stupid. I realized this in a conversation with my wife on Friday night. We were out for a long, relaxed "just the two of us" dinner....