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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 Get the CEO to Listen to You

April 7, 2011 Last month, I did a customized webinar for about 70 managers in a client company on "How to Build Executive Presence." To prep the content for the session, we asked about a dozen C suite and direct reports to C suite executives to give us their bullet point answers to ...

A List of Things It Took Me Fifty Years to Learn

April 4, 2011 Today is my 50th birthday. It's a little strange to write that down. When I think of 50th birthdays, I think of those films you see sometimes about the 50th birthday of Disneyland. You know the ones with all the ecstatic little kids with crew cuts and pig tails and ...

April Fool's Day Hall of Fame Nominee

April 1, 2011 I live in fear of April Fool's day because I am married to one of the all time great April Fool's joke perpetrators. Early in our marriage, I worked at a bank about 50 miles from our house. Every day, I parked my Ford Tempo (You don't see many of ...

Tim Sanders Shares Leadership Wisdom From His Grandma

March 31, 2011 Tim Sanders and I haven't met but the more I learn about him, the more I learn we have in common. We were both corporate executives. We're both authors and speakers. We work with some of the same people. And, we both had grandmothers who played a big role in ...

Can This Marriage (Customer, Team, Leader) Be Saved?

March 29, 2011 Last week, I got a call from an executive in a client organization. He had just had a conversation with an important customer who said his team wasn't showing up like they used to and didn't have that can-do spirit anymore. As we were talking, he said he felt like ...

The Upside of Troughs

March 28, 2011 This week I attended a conference where one of the keynoters was an interesting guy named Clark Aldrich. Clark is a designer of business learning simulations and knows a lot about how people solve problems. It turns out that one of the keys is you have to go through a ...

Not as Easy as Advertised

March 25, 2011 A few weeks ago, New York Times Columnist Nick Kristof was arguing for the imposition of a no fly zone over Libya and cited a quote from retired Air Force Chief of Staff General Merrill McPeak to make his case. "I can't imagine an easier military problem," McPeak told Kristof. ...

Do You Get It or Not? Does It Matter?

March 22, 2011 One of the most e-mailed articles on the New York Times website for the past several days has been one titled, "Don't Call Me, I Won't Call You." My guess is a lot of grown up kids are sending it to their parents to prove that they're not the only ...

Shadow Weeks? A Jolly Good Idea

March 18, 2011 A brief article in the Financial Times of London recently reported that Mark Prisk, England's enterprise minister is drawing up a plan in which government ministers and senior civil servants would have to complete a week's work assignment in a small business. Prisk's own staff has taken up the plan. ...

Why Google is Teaching Its Managers to Wash the Dishes

March 17, 2011 The New York Times recently ran an article about what Google has done lately to share the practices of its best managers throughout the company. Being Google, a bunch of statisticians started looking for correlations in the words and phrases that came up again and again in performance reviews, feedback ...