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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Leadership Is Not An End In Itself

June 7, 2011 As is often the case, The New York Times' Corner Office feature offered an interesting interview with a business leader last week. The subject this time was Bing Gordon, a partner with the Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins. Gordon said something about leadership that might sound counter intuitive:...

Three Danger Signals That Your Integrity is at Risk

June 2, 2011 Some recent news stories, one in particular, have caused me to pull out my dictionary to look up the word, integrity. (I like to use the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language because it offers the roots of the words all to the way back to the Indo-European roots.)...

Five Steps to Stay on TRACK With Your Delegation

May 26, 2011 Tuesday marked the beginning of another Next Level Leadershipâ"¢ group coaching program with a cohort of high potential leaders at one of our client companies. One of the big events in the first day of the program is to review the results of 360 degree surveys we run for the...

Lead As If You're Still Going To Be Here

May 22, 2011 As I write this, it is Sunday afternoon and I'm happy to report that, contrary to a firm prediction from the founder of Family Radio, we're all still here. The world didn't end. I have to say that I wasn't really that worried because I've had direct experience with people...

Four Dogs, One Hero

May 19, 2011 This has been quite a week for high profile people in leadership positions behaving like dogs. First, we have the head of the IMF, Dominique Strauss Kahn, charged with sexually assaulting a housekeeper in his $3,000 a night hotel room. And, with that, what I would suspect is the only...

The Fine Art of GSD: How to Get Stuff Done in a Large Organization

May 17, 2011 One of the highest compliments that can be paid in our house is that someone GSD's. While we have a somewhat colorful definition of what GSD means, the polite way to explain it is that it stands for Gets Stuff Done. When you think about it, getting stuff done is...

Look Me in the Eyes

May 13, 2011 Earlier this week I gave a speech to a couple of hundred managers about how to stay on track with delegation. As part of the talk, I introduced a step by step approach to effective and worry free delegation and then had the audience split up into groups of three...

Three Ways to Deal with a Smart Aleck (and other rude people in your organization)

May 12, 2011 Wow, I had no idea what kind of nerve I was striking when I wrote a post last week on taming your inner smart aleck. Lots of leader readers left fantastic mea culpa comments that shared stories of the moments of truth that helped cure them of entertaining themselves with...

James Levine's Servant Leadership: "I Want to Always Be There for the Players

May 9, 2011 It's often said that effective leadership is a lot like conducting an orchestra. Last week, I heard an interview on NPR's Fresh Air with an actual leader who conducts an actual orchestra. The conductor is James Levine and he's led the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for forty years. In his conversation...

Let Me Entertain Me: Three Ways To Tame Your Inner Smart Aleck

May 4, 2011 As the reporting on the operation against Osama bin Laden unfolds, a good bit has been made of the poker face aspect of President Obama artfully delivering one liners at the White House Correspondents Dinner the night before the raid. You can watch Obama's routine here. (Be sure to look...

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