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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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What Coaches (and that means you) Can Learn from "The King's Speech"

January 3, 2011 There are a lot of great things about the holidays. One is that email traffic slows to a trickle. Another is taking in some of the new movies that are released at the end of the year. My viewing card this season included a Jeff Bridges double feature, Tron (visually ...

All the Best Leadership Posts in One Link

December 21, 2010 Looking for a lot of leadership perspective without a lot of looking? Check out DDI's list of the Top 20 Leadership Blog Posts of 2010. Compiled by Dan McCarthy, author of the widely read Great Leadership blog, the list includes my take on the leadership lessons we can learn from ...

Leadership Lessons from Yoga

December 16, 2010 If you'd wandered into one of my group coaching sessions after lunch yesterday, you would have seen 16 people stretching their hands toward the ceiling, taking three deep breaths in and out through their noses and bending from their waists and letting their heads hang loose for a minute or ...

How to Push Back on Your Boss

December 14, 2010 Anyone who's worked in organizations for any length of time has had the experience of being told to do something by the boss that seems like a bad idea. A recent example might be the experience of White House press secretary Robert Gibbs who looked outside his office last week ...

2010 Has Been A Pretty Good Year for Elon Musk

December 10, 2010 This is the time of year when leaders tend to look back on the past 12 months and ask, "How's it gone this year?" If you're Elon Musk, you'll probably need a little more time to answer than the average leader to answer that question. In case you haven't heard ...

Requirements for Earning Your Leadership Merit Badge

December 8, 2010 Last week, while teaching at Georgetown's leadership coaching program, I was reminded of something that shaped me as a kid and a leader that I haven't thought of in a long time. In a segment where the students share their favorite coaching tools, Graham Segroves from the Leadership Education and ...

How to Drive Change with a Leadership Point of View

December 7, 2010 Every so often, The New York Times will run a long feature on the CEO of a large business. I love those articles because they're great opportunities for data mining on leadership. One of my favorites was one they ran a few years ago on Microsoft's Steve Ballmer. This weekend, ...

The Leader's Pocket Checklist for Holiday Office Parties

December 6, 2010 It's that time of the year. The holiday office party season has begun. As my friend Dan McCarthy highlights on his Great Leadership blog, office parties are making a bit of a comeback this year. They can be fun. They can also be dangerous. It's amazing what a casual setting, ...

Ten Years On: Semi-random Reflections from a Decade of Coaching

December 2, 2010 Ten years ago yesterday, December 1, 2000, my wife and I started our business, The Eblin Group. In a commencement speech at Stanford a few years ago, Steve Jobs made the point that you can never connect the dots prospectively. You can only connect them retrospectively. It's only by looking ...

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 ...