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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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Viva Chile: Leadership and the Rescue of the Miners

October 14, 2010 When I was a kid, my mom let me stay home from school the day that the astronauts of Apollo 13 came back to Earth after their spacecraft suffered an explosion on the way to the moon. Like millions of others around the world, we anxiously watched the TV waiting ...

Five Tips for Leaders Who Are Betwixt and Between

October 13, 2010 Every so often, one of my clients will get a promotion to a job where the expectations are so different that it's not clear to them how they fit in anymore. It's usually a case where they're moving from a pretty hands-on, directive leadership role and into a role in ...

Courage and Diving Board Moments

October 12, 2010 One day last week, I took the rest of the afternoon off and drove into the District of Columbia to see the exhibition of Norman Rockwell paintings on loan to the Smithsonian American Art Museum from the collections of filmmakers Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. Like a lot of Americans ...

How to Lead Like a Pig

October 8, 2010 If you've been looking for a great case study of how quickly leadership can change the culture of an organization, look no further than David Carr's front page piece in theNew York Times this week. In it, he describes how real estate investor Sam Zell and his minions destroyed the ...

The Joy of Facts

October 4, 2010 George F. Will ran a nice column over the weekend that highlighted some of the gems from a collection of writings by the late U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. My favorite Moynihan quote is my favorite because it so aptly describes the root cause of the failure of leadership that ...

What Don Draper and Gordon Gekko Have to Teach Us

September 30, 2010 Don Draper and Gordon Gekko are two guys who are making a lot of money. While that statement may be true in the fictional realm, it's definitely true in the literal realm. Over the past four years, Mad Men, with its lead character, advertising exec Don Draper, has become more ...

Leaders Need to Work the Diagonals

September 28, 2010 As I discuss in The Next Level, one of the key shifts that leaders have to make as they move into bigger roles is to pick up looking left and right as they lead and to let go of just looking up and down as they lead. What I mean ...

How to Not Be a Blockbuster

September 27, 2010 The New York Times reports that Blockbuster Video, with a billion dollars in debts it can't pay, is filing for bankruptcy. What a great case study in how an organization can go from king of the mountain to yesterday's news. It doesn't take long these days. When my family moved ...

A Simple Way to Avoid Group Think

September 24, 2010 Have you ever been in a group problem solving session that ended too soon? Your immediate response to that question may be, "How could any meeting end too soon? I spend too much time in meetings as it is, so the shorter the better." I'm with you. In most organizations, ...

New Ideas for Picking Up the Outside-In Perspective

September 21, 2010 he second edition of my book, The Next Level, is going to be released in October. Over the next month, I'll be sharing some highlights of what's different in the new edition. One of the goals I had in writing the new edition was to bring more global leadership perspective ...