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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A Strength When Overused

August 8, 2011 One of the great truisms in leadership coaching is that a strength when overused becomes a weakness. For example, the strength of confidence, when overused, looks like arrogance. The overconfident leader is so convinced of his or her world view that they quit questioning, listening or observing anything that might...

Micromanagement and Curing The Curse of the V-Bobs

August 4, 2011 One of the things I enjoy the most in my work as a coach is helping my clients come up with regular practices that will make them better leaders. One of my guiding principles as a coach is the line from Aristotle, "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then,...

Five Signs That Your HR Chief is Trouble

August 1, 2011 With a shout out to the folks at SmartBrief on Leadership for pointing it out, I recommend to you a deeply reported article in Fortune magazine about how and why Pfizer CEO Jeff Kindler was pushed out of his job last year. It's an excellent, real life case study in...

The Leadership Theory Lack

July 29, 2011 Today's post is a guest post by David Burkus, the force behind the LeaderLab blog where he focuses on how to put leadership theory into practice. If you like, what David shares in this post, you'll love his new book, The Portable Guide to Leading Organizations. Airport bookstores are crowded...

Are You an Apple or a Google?

July 27, 2011 A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post titled "Are You an IBM or a Dell?" Today's post continues with the tech ID theme and is inspired by an article in the New York Times by Randall Stross. In it, he makes the point that the big decisions at...

One More Question

July 26, 2011 Sometimes the simplest things make the biggest difference. I see this all the time in coaching leaders. In fact, it's usually the simplest things that make the biggest difference. Here's an example from my executive coaching files. One of my clients was a senior executive I'll call Sam. He was...

Three Communication Lessons from Carmegeddon

July 18, 2011 Even if you don't live in Los Angeles you've probably heard of Carmegeddon. This past weekend, a 10 mile stretch of interstate 405 was closed for a bridge demolition. As Reuters reports, there was a full-on, flood the zone PR campaign mounted by local municipal leaders to encourage residents of...

Harry Potter as Servant Leader

July 15, 2011 This past Monday night, my wife Diane and I had a once a lifetime experience. We got to attend the red carpet premiere of the last Harry Potter movie at Lincoln Center in New York. Diane has to be in the top 1% of Harry Potter fans in the world...

The July Leadership Development Round Table Challenge

July 14, 2011 You may recall from last month's inaugural event, this is where we put forth a vexing real world leadership challenge and a number of regular contributors (including yours truly) plus one guest share their best advice on how to handle it... in 200 words or less. You vote with your...

Three Signs That Your Slide Deck Stinks

July 5, 2011 Earlier this year, I was with an executive who was proudly showing me the Power Point presentation he had prepared for an upcoming strategic offsite. We got through three slides and he turned to me and asked me what I thought so far. I asked if he really wanted to...

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