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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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Taking the Long Term Perspective

April 26, 2010 I read a couple of articles yesterday that provided clear explanations of some complex topics - the Securities and Exchange Commission's fraud charge against Goldman Sachs and the Obama administration's efforts on nuclear non-proliferation. Before you click away from this post, hang in there with me because there's a quick ...

Five Traits of the Most Admired Leaders

April 22, 2010 Among the many things I like about our group coaching program, Next Level Leadershipâ"¢, one of my favorites is when the high potential leader participants share with each other what they learned in their senior executive shadow days. Here's how the shadow day works. To broaden their perspective on the ...

Ten Things to Look for in Your Mental Kitchen

April 20, 2010 Where do you go when you really need to think and get some serious work done? If the result of that work is some first rate food for thought, you might think of the place that enables you to create it as your mental kitchen. It's that place where you ...

Leaders, You're Being Watched (and Recorded)

April 16, 2010 OK, I'll admit it. Sometimes when I'm sitting in my office cranking through e-mail responses, I listen to sports talk radio. Dan Patrick's show is my favorite. Of course, one of the challenges with hosting a three hour radio show is you have to come up with enough stuff to ...

I and It or I and Thou?

April 14, 2010 This is one of those posts where I have to get some things off my chest. As someone who grew up in West Virginia, the coal mine explosion in Montcoal that killed 29 miners last week has been on my mind and heart. Over the weekend, the New York Times ...

Five Ways to Close the Line Leader - Staff Leader Gap

April 12, 2010 My post from last week on Why Staff Leaders and Line Leaders Have Disconnects generated a lot of thoughtful and provocative comments from readers both on the Next Level blog and on the Executive Coach column at Government Executive magazine's web site. In case you missed it, the gist of ...

What Doesn't Get Said, Doesn't Get Heard

April 9, 2010 My amazing wife Diane and I were talking last night about a post she wrote yesterday on her gluten-free, dairy free cooking blog. She's really into British chef Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution show on ABC because Oliver has gone to my childhood hometown, Huntington, WV, to help the community learn ...

Why Staff Leaders and Line Leaders Have Disconnects

April 7, 2010 In my work as an executive coach, I regularly work with the executive leaders of "staff" functions such as IT, finance, human resources, legal and the like. When I interview the colleagues of these clients to learn what others think about what makes them effective and what they could do ...

Cooking Up Your Leadership Legacy

April 5, 2010 Food is a big deal in my house. My wife, Diane, is an accomplished cook and food blogger and, lucky for me, I get to eat her great meals. So, we were both interested in an article that ran in the Financial Times over the weekend about how one of ...

What Does It Take to Be a Global Executive?

April 2, 2010 Earlier this week, I received a study on Developing the Global Executive from Jeff Del Rossa a new friend of mine at Development Dimensions International (DDI). The study was authored by some colleagues of Jeff's at DDI along with two other good friends, Scott Saslow and Nancy Thomas of the ...