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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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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...

What Happens After a Legend Leaves?

August 29, 2011 There's been so much written about Steve Jobs stepping down as Apple CEO last week. As an Apple fan and a student of business leaders, it's hard to disagree with the many, many tribute articles that have sung the praises of Jobs. Anyone who changes multiple industries - computing with...

How Will You Feel When the Big One Hits?

August 25, 2011 So, the big question on the East Coast yesterday evening was where were you when the earthquake hit? I was in a large conference room in Baltimore leading a group coaching session for rising leaders at a client company. They were working in small groups when I noticed the image...

What I learned on a Coast Guard cutter

August 22, 2011 For the past few years, I've had the opportunity each Fall to talk leadership with the newly promoted admirals of the U.S. Coast Guard and their Senior Executive Service counterparts from the Department of Homeland Security. I'll be joining the group again this October and will be bringing a new...

To Coach or Not to Coach? The August Leadership Development Challenge

August 17, 2011 It's time for this month's Leadership Development Roundtable Challenge. Executive coach and blogger Mary Jo Asmus has written up a "ripped from today's headlines," case involving a manager who says he wants coaching but doesn't follow through. The question is, if you're the coach, what do you do to get...

The Lost Art of Killing Time

August 16, 2011 This past weekend, I had the great opportunity to spend a couple of days with the crew of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Venturous on patrol in the Florida Straits. I'm organizing my thoughts, pictures and videos from the trip and will have more to share on that in the...

Three Signs It's Time to Shut Up

August 11, 2011 If you're a sports fan (guilty as charged), you've likely heard by now about golf caddie Stevie Williams' interview after his new boss, Adam Scott, won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational last weekend. It's the talk of the sports world this week. Williams, in case you don't know, was Tiger Woods' caddie...

A Strength When Overused

August 8, 2011 One of the great truisms in leadership coaching is that a strength when overused becomes a weakness. For example, the strength of confidence, when overused, looks like arrogance. The overconfident leader is so convinced of his or her world view that they quit questioning, listening or observing anything that might...