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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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Five Lessons in Leadership Communications from Governor Chris Christie

February 25, 2011 If you're looking for a brilliant piece of analysis and reporting on a leader who's making waves, check out Matt Bai's feature article in The New York Times Magazine on New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. No doubt, you've seen Christie on TV over the last year delivering "can't believe he ...

Five Ways to Avoid Being Fired in Five Months

February 23, 2011 The New York media world was abuzz last week with news of the termination of veteran publishing executive, Jack Griffin, from his job of CEO of Time, Inc. a little more than five months after he got there. Just to make sure the situation was clear to all involved, Time-Warner ...

Would You Want to Work for You?

February 18, 2011 One of the regular features in the Financial Times is an interview with a business leader called Twenty Questions. The hook is that most of the twenty questions are asked in every interview so if you're a regular reader of the FT (if you're not, I recommend becoming one), you ...

An Army Colonel's Three Simple Rules of Leadership

February 16, 2011 Last week, I had the opportunity to join a small group of leadership coaches for dinner with retired US Army Colonel Steve Dwyer. Colonel Dwyer is enjoying a second career in the private sector after spending thirty years as a soldier, most of it in Army Aviation. He shared a ...

First World Problems

February 14, 2011 My college senior son and his friends have a phrase they use with each other when one of them starts griping about something that is really inconsequential. After one of them rants for a while, another one will call a stop by reminding the one who's ranting, "First world problems." ...

Presenting with Passion

February 11, 2011 On my way to Atlanta this week for a series of meetings, I read a new book by presentation expert, Garr Reynolds called The Naked Presenter (Reynolds lives in Japan and uses the public baths where everyone gets equal by getting naked as the main metaphor for his book. Definitely ...

Leaders and Readers, What Are You Highlighting?

February 10, 2011 This week, I found out that the Kindle version of The Next Level is in the top 2% of the most highlighted books on Amazon's Kindle. In case you're not familiar with the technology, you can highlight passages in a Kindle book just like you can in a physical book. ...

A Super Bowl Servant Leader

February 8, 2011 It's Tuesday morning and time to break down the Super Bowl. My main goal in this post is to share some Steelers coach Mike Tomlin-inspired thoughts on servant leadership. Have to spend a little time first, though, on a few observations about this national holiday. (After all, is there anything ...

How To Keep Them Talking About You

February 4, 2011 My oldest son, Andy, is a senior at James Madison University. A couple of weeks ago, he told me a story about Ron Carrier who was president of JMU from 1971 to 1998. In other words, Carrier retired as president of JMU nine years before Andy arrived as a freshman. ...

Denial, It's Not Just a River in Egypt

February 2, 2011 It looks like the end game for Hosni Mubarak may be nigh. At the end of the day when a million countrymen flooded the streets of Cairo to call for his immediate resignation, the Egyptian president went on television to say he intended to stay on the job for eight ...