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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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First World Problems

February 14, 2011 My college senior son and his friends have a phrase they use with each other when one of them starts griping about something that is really inconsequential. After one of them rants for a while, another one will call a stop by reminding the one who's ranting, "First world problems." ...

Presenting with Passion

February 11, 2011 On my way to Atlanta this week for a series of meetings, I read a new book by presentation expert, Garr Reynolds called The Naked Presenter (Reynolds lives in Japan and uses the public baths where everyone gets equal by getting naked as the main metaphor for his book. Definitely ...

Leaders and Readers, What Are You Highlighting?

February 10, 2011 This week, I found out that the Kindle version of The Next Level is in the top 2% of the most highlighted books on Amazon's Kindle. In case you're not familiar with the technology, you can highlight passages in a Kindle book just like you can in a physical book. ...

A Super Bowl Servant Leader

February 8, 2011 It's Tuesday morning and time to break down the Super Bowl. My main goal in this post is to share some Steelers coach Mike Tomlin-inspired thoughts on servant leadership. Have to spend a little time first, though, on a few observations about this national holiday. (After all, is there anything ...

How To Keep Them Talking About You

February 4, 2011 My oldest son, Andy, is a senior at James Madison University. A couple of weeks ago, he told me a story about Ron Carrier who was president of JMU from 1971 to 1998. In other words, Carrier retired as president of JMU nine years before Andy arrived as a freshman. ...

Denial, It's Not Just a River in Egypt

February 2, 2011 It looks like the end game for Hosni Mubarak may be nigh. At the end of the day when a million countrymen flooded the streets of Cairo to call for his immediate resignation, the Egyptian president went on television to say he intended to stay on the job for eight ...

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Boss

January 31, 2011 By now, you've no doubt heard the buzz about Amy Chua's book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother . It's her memoir about raising her two daughters in the strict and demanding way that her Chinese immigrant parents raised her. The buzz machine on Chua's book went into overdrive when ...

What Middle East Protestors and The Best Companies for Leaders Have in Common

January 28, 2011 My guess is you weren't expecting to see the two topics in the title of this post strung together. Here's the back story. As I was scanning the headlines this morning, I read the New York Times report about tens of thousands of Egyptians flooding into the streets to protest ...

Leadership and the Human Connection: Lessons from the State of the Union

January 26, 2011 If you're looking for an example of how much things can change in one year, play back a recording of last night's State of the Union address and compare it with a recording of last year's. Last night, of course, moved by the tragedy of the shootings in Tucson this ...

Three Tips for Managing an Olbermann

January 24, 2011 It was probably inevitable that Keith Olbermann and his managers at MSNBC would have a stressful parting of the ways. The career history of the talented, iconoclastic, maddening, entertaining (even if he's the guy you love to hate) Olbermann has been one of resigning from or getting fired by every ...