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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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Why and How Leaders Need to Say Thank You

October 28, 2010 With a shout out to the folks at the Compensation Café blog, I just read an interesting post on research that demonstrates the positive results that come from saying thank you. So, as you read that last sentence you may have thought, "They needed a study to demonstrate that? I ...

Leadership Lessons from a Three Ring Circus

October 26, 2010 With everything that leaders have to juggle, it's easy to feel like the ringmaster of a three ring circus. For Kenneth Feld, CEO of Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, it must be hard to resist that feeling. In it's almost always interesting Corner Office series, the New York ...

Why Your Peers Can't Stand Working With You

October 22, 2010 My work as an executive coach involves looking at a lot of 360 degree feedback reports. Like anything else in life, if you look at enough data points you eventually see the patterns and connections. One of the patterns I see in the 360 data on leadership behaviors is that ...

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 ...