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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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"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 NFL.com 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...

What We Should and Shouldn't Learn from the Life of Steve Jobs

October 7, 2011 Even though it was sadly expected, the news of Steve Jobs' passing this week hit me like a punch in the gut. Clearly, I was not alone. The outpouring of tributes and remembrances tell us something. He was an especially gifted human being who, in his own ways, helped change...

Why All the Leaders Are Above Average

October 6, 2011 My friends at SmartBrief on Leadership run a weekly poll on a question of interest to their 165,000 readers. A great guy named Mike Figliuolo, author of the just released One Piece of Paper, comes up with the questions and offers his analysis on the results. This week's write up...

An Admiral's Take On Admiral Mike Mullen's Leadership

October 3, 2011 October 1, 2011 marks the retirement of Admiral Mike Mullen from the U.S. Navy and from his role as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The Washington Post's David Ignatius offers a nice recap of the Mullen years in an exit interview column with the Chairman. I'm an admirer...

Are You Accountable or Responsible?

September 30, 2011 Are you accountable or responsible? What's the difference and why does it matter? The first time I heard this distinction was years ago in one of my first coaching engagements. I was interviewing colleagues of my client and a senior executive said, "He needs to be more accountable and less...

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