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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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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 ...

Japan: What You Can Do

March 15, 2011 Like many other people around the world this past weekend, I was transfixed by the news of the epic disaster that hit Japan on March 11. I've noticed that almost all of the coverage so far has been straight news and very little commentary. In my own case, I find ...

Twelve Steps to a Great Networking Conversation

March 14, 2011 A couple of years ago, I wrote a post called Five Principles for Building a Strong Network. It proved to be pretty popular and I've been practicing and coaching on those principles ever since. Today, I want to share twelve steps to having a good networking conversation. With the idea ...