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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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Are You an IBM or a Dell?

June 17, 2011 The title of this post reminds me of the "I'm a Mac. I'm a PC" TV commercials from a couple of years ago. The question, "Are you an IBM or a Dell?" was inspired by an article I read this week in The Economist. As it happens, this year is...

Conan O'Brien Explains How to Make Lemonade Out of Lemons

June 15, 2011 This is the time of year when commencement addresses are given at high schools and colleges across the country. The speech that's getting a lot of buzz this year is the one that late night TV comic Conan O'Brien gave at Dartmouth College. You may remember that last year O'Brien...

Introducing the Leadership Development Roundtable Challenge!

June 15, 2011 My always innovative blogging buddy, Dan McCarthy of Great Leadership, has assembled a group of leadership bloggers (including yours truly) to participate in a monthly Leadership Development Roundtable Challenge. Welcome to the first edition of the Challenge. Each month, a core member of The Roundtable will introduce a leadership challenge...

Five Signs That You're So Busy Doing That You Don't See What Needs To Be Done

June 13, 2011 One of the things I do on a regular basis is speak to groups of new and high potential executives about what they can do to succeed in bigger jobs. In the run-up to those sessions, I often to ask them to complete a short self-assessment on how they think...

Is Your Risk to Reward Ratio Out of Whack?

June 10, 2011 Yesterday, I was in Pittsburgh talking with a group of executives from different companies headquartered there about what they had taken away from my book, The Next Level. It was a really interesting conversation as everyone shared their lessons learned and ongoing challenges with taking on bigger leadership roles. One...

There's No Me In Leadership

June 8, 2011 Am I the only one who's gotten tired of all the stories we've had lately about self absorbed "leaders" behaving badly? Just in the last couple of weeks I've written about four of them in the posts, Four Dogs, One Hero and Three Danger Signals That Your Integrity Is At...

Leadership Is Not An End In Itself

June 7, 2011 As is often the case, The New York Times' Corner Office feature offered an interesting interview with a business leader last week. The subject this time was Bing Gordon, a partner with the Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins. Gordon said something about leadership that might sound counter intuitive:...

Three Danger Signals That Your Integrity is at Risk

June 2, 2011 Some recent news stories, one in particular, have caused me to pull out my dictionary to look up the word, integrity. (I like to use the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language because it offers the roots of the words all to the way back to the Indo-European roots.)...

Five Steps to Stay on TRACK With Your Delegation

May 26, 2011 Tuesday marked the beginning of another Next Level Leadershipâ"¢ group coaching program with a cohort of high potential leaders at one of our client companies. One of the big events in the first day of the program is to review the results of 360 degree surveys we run for the...

Lead As If You're Still Going To Be Here

May 22, 2011 As I write this, it is Sunday afternoon and I'm happy to report that, contrary to a firm prediction from the founder of Family Radio, we're all still here. The world didn't end. I have to say that I wasn't really that worried because I've had direct experience with people...