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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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How to Apologize When Your Candid Comments Show Up on WikiLeaks (or Somewhere Else You Didn't Intend)

November 29, 2010 A good piece of conventional wisdom for leaders used to be to never do, say or write anything down that you wouldn't want to read on the front page of The Wall Street Journal. Times have changed though. As this week's WikiLeaks release of more than 250,000 U.S. State Department ...

Lessons from the TSA on Communicating Change

November 23, 2010 So, yesterday, I went through airport security for the first time since the full body scanning machines and enhanced pat down procedures were put into effect. Honestly, it was no different than it was the other twenty or so times I've gone through security at Dulles this year. If anything, ...

Seven First Steps for New Members of Congress (That Apply to New Leaders in Any Field)

November 22, 2010 The orientation process of newly elected Members of Congress started this past week. A long time ago, in a more bipartisan age, I helped organize a week long orientation program at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government for the freshman congressional class of 1986. If I remember correctly they had spent ...

Leaders Can Change the Weather

November 18, 2010 Lately, I've been in a lot of conversations with leaders about what's different about moving into more senior and visible executive roles. One guy in a group last week summed it up by saying, "I change the weather." When I asked him to explain, he said he's been noticing that ...

It's Not Just You: Three Ways to Get Your Confident Self Into the Game

November 15, 2010 Last week I spent an afternoon talking with about 60 newly promoted executives of a well known global company. The group had flown in from around the world and the topic was how to lead at the next level. The framing question for my work with executives is what do ...

Leadership and Your Long Term Legacy

November 12, 2010 Perhaps you've heard the story about the Renaissance era traveler who came upon a group of three men smashing rocks by the side of the road. He asked the first man what he was doing and the man said, "I am engaged in the daily drudgery of smashing large rocks ...

The Power of Courtesy

November 9, 2010 I travel a lot. Mainly domestic in the US, two or three round trip flights a month for business. In an average year, I'll travel internationally once or twice. This week, I'm in Florence, Italy to speak to a group of newly promoted executives. If you fly in the US ...

The Heroes of Walter Reed

November 8, 2010 Last week, on a rainy afternoon in Washington, I had the privilege of doing something that I wish every American had the opportunity to experience. Through her company, Hooks Book Events, my friend Perry Hooks arranged to give 200 copies of a new book about women combat veterans called When ...

It Never Ends. Even More Leadership Lessons from the Washington Redskins

November 4, 2010 So, if you're a regular reader of this blog, you might have expected me to have some sort of leadership lessons post on yesterday's mid-term elections. I'm waiting to see how the various players respond in the next couple of days before I get to that topic. One that I'm ...

Three Things I Learned About Leadership From Admiral Allen

November 3, 2010 This week I had the opportunity to meet and learn from someone I've admired for the last five years - former U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Thad Allen. Admiral Allen was the opening keynote speaker at Government Executive's Excellence in Government Conference. (I had the opportunity to speak and work ...