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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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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....

A Five Step Plan for Speaking Truth to Power

September 14, 2011 Let's hear it for Doug Elmendorf! It's possible that, as was the case with me until yesterday afternoon, you don't know who Doug Elmendorf is. He runs the Congressional Budget Office and was the star witness at a hearing yesterday of the Congressional Super Committee charged with reducing the federal...

Three Things Resilient Leaders Do

September 12, 2011 Watching the ceremonies on TV yesterday, I was struck by the beauty of the 9/11 memorial in New York. It's a park built around the footprints of the World Trade Center towers and waterfalls flow into the footprints. Looking at the memorial, I was reminded of the first time I...

The Five Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace

September 8, 2011 Earlier this year, I wrote a blog post called Can This Marriage (Customer, Team, Leader) Be Saved? in which I referenced a book called The 5 Love Languages and riffed a bit on how those might be applied at work. A couple of days later, I got a nice email...

The Strategic Viewer's Guide to the President's Jobs Speech

September 6, 2011 There's lots of speculation about what President Obama will say in his jobs creation strategy speech to Congress on Thursday night. Will he be bold? Will he be meek? Will he seek compromise? Will he draw a line in the sand? Perhaps the most important question is will he offer...

What Our Leaders Didn't Learn on Their Summer Vacations

September 2, 2011 Long term readers of this blog may have noticed that I don't write nearly as many posts as I used to that are based on politics. There are a couple of reasons for that. First, I try to keep this blog in the ballpark of leadership news you can use...

Three Things The Coast Guard Does to Prepare for Emergencies

August 31, 2011 The turmoil and damage caused in the Northeast last weekend by Hurricane Irene is just the latest reminder of how much we rely on first responders like the U.S. Coast Guard in times of emergencies and natural disasters. There was some dramatic video released yesterday of a Coast Guard helicopter...