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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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Five Ways to Get Your Calendar Under Control

April 18, 2011 It seems like I talk with clients about the challenge of taming their calendars at least two or three times a week. In the age of interconnected scheduling systems like Outlook and the continuous push to get more done with less in any given day, more and more leaders feel ...

Leadership and Getting 900 College Students to Show Up on a Saturday Morning

April 12, 2011 OK, this post is going to sound like a dad who's proud of his son. Well, it is, but there are some serious leadership lessons in it as well. As I've written here before, my son, Andy, is a senior at James Madison University. This past Saturday morning was probably ...

Start with the Deliverables, Then Work on the Do-Ables

April 11, 2011 Back in the days when I was a corporate executive myself, I had the good fortune to work on several occasions with Professor Dave Ulrich of the University of Michigan. Dave is one of the all time great thinkers on how lead and organize people to get results. I learned ...

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. ...