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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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What Do People Want From Work?

January 10, 2012 Other than the basic requirements - food, shelter, healthcare - on the hierarchy of needs, what do people really want from their jobs? Last week I attended a presentation from Peter Cappelli, a Wharton professor and thought leader on talent management, where he addressed that question. Based on a study...

Ten Resolutions That Will Improve Your Presentations This Year

January 5, 2012 A senior executive friend of mine spends a lot of time listening to presentations. A few weeks ago, he sent me an email from a two day conference he was attending. After 10 or 12 hours of bad presentations, he began to take out his frustration by using his iPad...

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....