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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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Look Me in the Eyes

May 13, 2011 Earlier this week I gave a speech to a couple of hundred managers about how to stay on track with delegation. As part of the talk, I introduced a step by step approach to effective and worry free delegation and then had the audience split up into groups of three ...

Three Ways to Deal with a Smart Aleck (and other rude people in your organization)

May 12, 2011 Wow, I had no idea what kind of nerve I was striking when I wrote a post last week on taming your inner smart aleck. Lots of leader readers left fantastic mea culpa comments that shared stories of the moments of truth that helped cure them of entertaining themselves with ...

James Levine's Servant Leadership: "I Want to Always Be There for the Players

May 9, 2011 It's often said that effective leadership is a lot like conducting an orchestra. Last week, I heard an interview on NPR's Fresh Air with an actual leader who conducts an actual orchestra. The conductor is James Levine and he's led the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for forty years. In his conversation ...

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 ...