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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 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 ...

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 ...