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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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A Letter from Chile

September 10, 2010 Last week, I wrote a post on the lessons in leadership we're receiving from the Chilean miners trapped in their copper mine. Thanks to the editors at SmartBrief on Leadership, the post received a lot of attention and generated a lot of thoughtful comments. In addition to the comments, I ...

Ten Proven and Simple Ways to Pace Yourself

September 8, 2010 Here in the United States, the week following Labor Day tends to feel like the beginning of a new year. Kids are back in school, conferences and special events fill the schedule and the final push towards the end of the calendar year kicks into high gear in just about ...

In Praise of What You Can Do

September 7, 2010 Most people who know my wife, Diane, find her to be rather amazing. And, no, I'm not just saying that because I'm her husband. People tell me on a regular basis without any prompting from me that they find her amazing. This has gone on for years, but the latest ...

What We Can Learn About Leadership from the Chilean Miners

September 2, 2010 Some days it seems like you have to look long and hard to find examples of inspirational leadership lessons in the news. Today was not one of those days. If you haven't already done so, you must read the front page article by Alexei Barrionuevo in the New York Times ...

Three Warning Signs That You're Setting Yourself Up For A Leadership FAIL

August 31, 2010 There's a long-standing piece of advice to leaders that goes like this. They don't care how much you know until they know how much you care. I'm thinking about that this morning having read an article in the Washington Post over the weekend about polling that shows DC mayor Adrian ...

Three Tips for Beating the Jitters

August 27, 2010 It doesn't matter how far you go as a leader, you'll occasionally face situations that make you nervous. The reasons for the jitters can vary. It might be the first time you've led the senior staff meeting; it could be your first congressional hearing; it could be a crucial conversation ...

A British Friend's Take on BP

August 26, 2010 By the end of the day last Friday, I was ready to spend the rest of the afternoon talking with friends. One of them was my buddy Steve Bowling. Steve's a coach and former HR exec based in New Jersey. He's also a Brit who has lived in the States ...

Are They Stepping on Your Toes? Grow Bigger Feet.

August 20, 2010 One of the common things that keeps managers from becoming leaders is spending too much time and attention protecting their turf. Over time, their attention gets really internally focused on protecting and keeping order in their own little world. If you've seen the Lord of the Rings movies, it's a ...

How to Perform When the Room Doesn't Work

August 18, 2010 Not to get all prophetic or Inception on you, but today's post is inspired by a dream I had last night. (Don't worry, it's nothing really weird or creepy.) So, I'm downtown somewhere and Kiss is supposed to be doing a concert (yes, I was a big fan in junior ...

Leadership and the Ground Zero Mosque

August 16, 2010 It looks like an emerging campaign issue this Fall will be President Obama's position on building a mosque close to Ground Zero. At a Ramadan dinner at the White House last week, Obama said that Muslims have the right to build a worship and community center in lower Manhattan near ...