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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Lessons in Integrity from Madoff?

November 3, 2011 This is one of those "learn by doing the opposite" kinds of posts. It's inspired by a few New York Times stories earlier this week on a new book that the surviving son of Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff has released. I don't intend to read the book but I noted...

Parenthood, Leadership and Being On Stage

November 1, 2011 Over the past week, I've been reading Walter Issacson's new book on Steve Jobs. It's extremely well written and a compelling read. Even if you're not reading the book, you've likely read some of the highlights in the news. One of the stories that's been retold a lot already is...

Nuggets of Wisdom from Leadership Caffeine

October 31, 2011 My leadership blogging friend Art Petty has a new book out called Leadership Caffeine. It's a series of essays organized by common challenges and opportunities leaders face. The caffeine metaphor comes into play because, as Art writes, the book is made up of "ideas to energize your professional development. Art...

Three Leadership Lessons from the Netflix Slide

October 27, 2011 Netflix CEO Reed Hastings must be feeling a little bit like a team that ended up on the cover of Sports Illustrated and then started losing games. Last year, Hastings was on the cover of Fortune as its Business Person of the Year. This year, he's getting slammed for what...

"I Wouldn't Want to Be You"

October 25, 2011 Several months ago, I was in a coaching conversation with a "go to person" leader about the results of her 360 degree feedback from colleagues. Her highest rated behaviors were a strong mix of items that focus on getting results and items that focus on building relationships. In my experience,...

How to Be a Really Useful Coach in Five Minutes or Less

October 20, 2011 One of the jokes I sometimes make when I'm leading a workshop or giving a presentation is that being a coach is one of the greatest gigs in the world because you don't have to know anything. All you have to do is ask questions and let the other person...

How to Steer Clear of a Workplace Smackdown (Even if You're Not an NFL Coach)

October 18, 2011 The most talked about moment from week six of the NFL season was the near-miss post-game smackdown between San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz. As you can see in this video, when the 49ers eked out a win over the previously undefeated Lions,...

A Self Exam on One Piece of Paper

October 17, 2011 One of the many intelligent things that Socrates said is "An unexamined life is not worth living." In an era when many professionals are running flat out until they crash, taking time for self examination usually ends up falling into the category of important but not urgent. The downside of...

What Do You Make of This?

October 13, 2011 One of my idiosyncratic sources of fun is inserting random lines from movies into everyday conversation. Kevin Bacon shouting, "All is well. Remain calm!" right before the riot runs over him at the end of Animal House would be an example. Another one is when the Lloyd Bridges character in...

Occupy Wall Street and Post Heroic Leadership

October 11, 2011 A few weeks ago, I was having lunch with a friend of mine who works for one of the big banks. If you saw him in his sharp suit and power tie, you'd guess that he's a pretty big deal and you'd be right. We were talking about leadership and...

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