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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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Three Questions to Guide Your Year

January 4, 2012 I was away for a few weeks over the holidays. It was a nice break and it's good to be back. One of the good things about being back is reconnecting with friends I haven't seen in awhile. One of those is a friend from yoga. We gave each other...

Leadership Lessons from 2011

December 30, 2011 Wow, what a year this has been for good, bad, maddening and inspiring examples of leadership. In his column today, the Washington Post's David Ignatius makes the case that historians will look back on 2011 as a "hinge" - a year in which momentous events set the stage for major...

You Can't Lead Through Text Messages

December 19, 2011 Last Thursday night, I had the opportunity to moderate a panel discussion on leadership at a celebratory dinner for Eagle Scouts past and present. The panelists were all accomplished people and had a lot of interesting reflections and insights to share. One comment from the dinner that I've kept thinking...

Leaders, Throw Your Lines in the Water

December 16, 2011 Today, I want to share a quick story with you that is a different way to think about the challenges, conundrums and problems you bump up against as a leader. It comes from Tim Hurlebaus, who's a Vice President with CGI, a leading IT services provider in the U.S. and...

Five Steps To Infuse "Magic" in Your Leadership Style

December 15, 2011 This guest post was written by Jason Monaghan with University of Notre Dame Executive Online Education. Jason works with the faculty and staff at Notre Dame Online to develop skill sets for the leaders of tomorrow in Negotiations, Leadership and Management and Business Administration. As any seasoned business leader can...

Tim Tebow: A Leader Who Inspires, Puzzles and Scares People

December 13, 2011 It's not often that I write about the same subject twice in less than a month on this blog. Even though I wrote How to Set Your Tebow's Up For Success just three weeks ago, I'm making a brief exception this afternoon. After the Denver Broncos made yet another comeback...

What to Do When Your Boss Says Something You Regret

December 9, 2011 There's an interesting article in the New York Times today for anyone who has ever had to improvise madly when their boss makes an unexpected public commitment. The subject is Dan Akerson, who's been the CEO of General Motors for 15 months. Akerson is not a "car guy." He made...

Five Ways to Deal with the First No

December 7, 2011 A couple of days ago, I had lunch with a friend who's a senior leader in a well known organization. He's in charge of the communications function and recently led a team that put together a very successful first time event that got a ton of positive national media attention....

There's an App for That

December 6, 2011 Geek Alert Warning: This post will only appeal to busy managers and leaders who use a smartphone. We're approaching the time of year where you might be receiving a gift card for the iTunes store or some other online outlet where you can buy apps for a smartphone. So, if...

Their Perception is Your Reality

December 5, 2011 As an executive coach, a big part of my job is helping my clients adjust their behaviors so that they get different results. Since my clients are executives, they are, by definition, dealing with other people. Since that's the case, it's not enough for my clients to adjust their behaviors...

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