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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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The Answer to Any Question

June 11, 2010 I'm in Florida on a business trip this morning and was watching the crew from Morning Joe broadcast live from Pensacola Beach as I was getting dressed and packing up in my hotel room. It's beyond sad watching the people there stay brave in the face of what they know ...

BP's Tony Hayward: Worst Leader of the Year

June 9, 2010 I'll acknowledge that it's just too easy to nominate BP CEO Tony Hayward as the worst leader of the year. Granted, he's got some stiff competition, but he deserves every inch of the big target on his back. Like a lot of people, I've got a crick in my neck ...

What Would Wooden Say?

June 7, 2010 It's easy to conclude that they just don't make them like John Wooden anymore. Like my grandfather, who passed away at age 93 a couple of years ago, Wooden was literally a man from another century. As so many tributes over the weekend recalled, he was the winningest coach in ...

Who In The Hell Are "They"?

June 2, 2010 I don't mean to be rude with the title question of this post, but I've learned over the last four or five years of coaching that it's a great question to ask yourself. Here's why. How many times have you been in a conversation with a group of colleagues that ...

Senior Execs: Learn to Listen

May 28, 2010 One of the highlights of the week for me came yesterday when I led a day long workshop on leadership coaching for a group of candidates for the Federal Senior Executive Service. We talked a lot about how important it is for leaders to know how to coach and worked ...

Five Ways to Survive an Impossible Job

May 26, 2010 Late last week, the Director of National Intelligence, Dennis Blair, resigned from his job after a little more than a year in the job. As reporting in the Washington Post points out, Blair's replacement will be the fourth person to hold the DNI job in just over five years. In ...

Predicting the Future by Reading the Present

May 25, 2010 Thirty years ago, John Naisbitt took the publishing world by storm with his book, Megatrends. It was a best seller for two years and sold nine million copies. Naisbitt identified ten big trends for the future by doing a deep analysis of current news stories and looking for the patterns ...

Why We Need An MBA Oath

May 24, 2010 You may have heard about The MBA Oath. It was created by a couple of Harvard Business School students last year and has spread to business school campuses around the world and led to a book on the topic. As the Financial Times reports, it's supported by the new dean ...

Lessons in Confidence from American Idol

May 20, 2010 About this time last year, I wrote a post called "Feedback Do's and Don'ts from American Idol." In the belief that everything you need to learn about leadership you can learn from American Idol, I thought I'd do another Idol post this year. (Before you fire off an angry comment, ...

Three Things You Should and Shouldn't Expect From Your Coach

May 19, 2010 The Sports section of New York Times recently featured an article titled, "To Top Golfers, A Trusted Coach Is Invaluable, But Expendable." Prompted by Tiger Woods' breakup with Hank Haney, his swing coach for the past six years, the article shared the perspectives of a number of top golfers and ...