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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 Overcome Your Fear of Thinking

July 28, 2014 If you haven’t seen it, take a look at this recent article in The New York Times. It’s a fascinating recap of a study at the University of Virginia that confirms what you may already know. Lots of us are keep ourselves “super busy” because we’d rather have a day ...

Don’t Burn Your Calendar at Both Ends

July 21, 2014 Perhaps you think I meant to use the word candle rather than calendar in the title of this post. Nope, calendar was what I meant but the idea came from a brain blip I had recently. I was conducting interviews with about a dozen colleagues and friends of a new ...

ESPN’s Stuart Scott Brings You the Best 15 Minutes of Your Day

July 17, 2014 Last night at the ESPY awards, SportsCenter anchor Stuart Scott took up the mantle of Jim Valvano when he accepted the Jimmy V Perseverance Award. Scott has battled multiple forms of cancer for seven years now. As recently as last week, he had four surgeries in seven days because of ...

What Leaders Can Admire in LeBron James’ Letter to Cleveland

July 15, 2014 Longtime readers of this blog may have noticed that I don’t write as often as I used to about leaders in the news. There are different reasons for that. One of the biggest is the great examples seem fewer and farther between. Another is that I’m skeptical about being spun. ...

3 Executive Productivity Hacks That Any Leader Can Use

July 11, 2014 One of the things I love about my work is getting to meet and learn from some very talented top executives. That happened again recently when a senior vice president in a Fortune 500 client company stopped by for a lunch conversation with participants in our Next Level Leadership® development ...

Put the Phone Down, and No One Gets Hurt

July 9, 2014 If you’re reading this while you’re on vacation or getting ready to go on vacation, this post is for you. Please, please, please, give yourself and your family a break. As I wrote a couple of years ago, the Europeans have it right. They don’t go on vacation, they go ...

7 Ways to Keep Wizard of Oz Syndrome From Killing Your Organization

July 3, 2014 Every so often I come in contact with an organization where everyone is on pins and needles. They’re afraid of their own shadows. Everything is on an urgent deadline. The smallest mistakes or surprises are crises. Any sense of humor remaining is solely of the gallows variety. Here’s what every ...

Habit Hacks That Make a Difference

July 1, 2014 If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile you know that I’m into simple things that are easy to do and likely to make a difference. In my new book, Overworked and Overwhelmed, I call them habit hacks. The manuscript for the book is already done so it’s too late ...

The Three Things You Can Control

June 27, 2014 A good friend of mine, who I’ll refer to here as Rick, is a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force. He’s approaching the end of a 20-year career and just got married a few months ago to a wonderful woman. A couple of weeks ago, much to his surprise, he ...

Two Minutes That Will Make You Feel More Relaxed

June 23, 2014 Chances are that sometime today or this week, you’ll find yourself spun up into a low grade version of fight or flight syndrome. As I explain in my forthcoming book, Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative, to counteract fight or flight you want to develop little breaks of rest and ...