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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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Leadership Lessons from Veterans

November 11, 2011 Over the past couple of years, I've had the good fortune to spend time with members of our armed services in leadership training sessions and on board the aircraft carrier, The USS Harry S Truman and the United States Coast Guard Cutter Venturous. I've learned a lot from the service...

What Did He Know and When Did He Know It?

November 9, 2011 In the days of the Watergate hearings, Senator Howard Baker became famous for asking the question, "What did the President know and when did he know it?" Today, the same question is being asked about Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and administrative officers at the University. It's easy enough...

How to Do Less with Less

November 7, 2011 As I've spoken with groups of leaders over the last year, I've often begun the conversation by asking how many of them would say that the results that are expected of them today are significantly different than those that were expected a year ago. Usually, every hand in the room...

One More Leadership Lesson from a Chilean Miner

November 4, 2011 One of the greatest leadership feel good stories in recent memory ended just over a year ago when 33 Chilean copper miners were rescued from their mine 70 days after they were trapped inside. Their survival and rescue were triumphs of leadership, courage and ingenuity. While they were still underground,...

Lessons in Integrity from Madoff?

November 3, 2011 This is one of those "learn by doing the opposite" kinds of posts. It's inspired by a few New York Times stories earlier this week on a new book that the surviving son of Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff has released. I don't intend to read the book but I noted...

Parenthood, Leadership and Being On Stage

November 1, 2011 Over the past week, I've been reading Walter Issacson's new book on Steve Jobs. It's extremely well written and a compelling read. Even if you're not reading the book, you've likely read some of the highlights in the news. One of the stories that's been retold a lot already is...

Nuggets of Wisdom from Leadership Caffeine

October 31, 2011 My leadership blogging friend Art Petty has a new book out called Leadership Caffeine. It's a series of essays organized by common challenges and opportunities leaders face. The caffeine metaphor comes into play because, as Art writes, the book is made up of "ideas to energize your professional development. Art...

Three Leadership Lessons from the Netflix Slide

October 27, 2011 Netflix CEO Reed Hastings must be feeling a little bit like a team that ended up on the cover of Sports Illustrated and then started losing games. Last year, Hastings was on the cover of Fortune as its Business Person of the Year. This year, he's getting slammed for what...

"I Wouldn't Want to Be You"

October 25, 2011 Several months ago, I was in a coaching conversation with a "go to person" leader about the results of her 360 degree feedback from colleagues. Her highest rated behaviors were a strong mix of items that focus on getting results and items that focus on building relationships. In my experience,...

How to Be a Really Useful Coach in Five Minutes or Less

October 20, 2011 One of the jokes I sometimes make when I'm leading a workshop or giving a presentation is that being a coach is one of the greatest gigs in the world because you don't have to know anything. All you have to do is ask questions and let the other person...