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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 Not Be a Blockbuster

September 27, 2010 The New York Times reports that Blockbuster Video, with a billion dollars in debts it can't pay, is filing for bankruptcy. What a great case study in how an organization can go from king of the mountain to yesterday's news. It doesn't take long these days. When my family moved ...

A Simple Way to Avoid Group Think

September 24, 2010 Have you ever been in a group problem solving session that ended too soon? Your immediate response to that question may be, "How could any meeting end too soon? I spend too much time in meetings as it is, so the shorter the better." I'm with you. In most organizations, ...

New Ideas for Picking Up the Outside-In Perspective

September 21, 2010 he second edition of my book, The Next Level, is going to be released in October. Over the next month, I'll be sharing some highlights of what's different in the new edition. One of the goals I had in writing the new edition was to bring more global leadership perspective ...

Wally's Advice for New Bosses

September 20, 2010 Sometimes as a leadership blogger, you just need to tip your hat to a colleague and say, "Well done, sir (or ma'am)." That's the case today with Wally Bock's post, So, now you're the boss. Wally succinctly ticks off the points that any new boss needs to remember. Here's a ...

Three Things Every Leadership Offsite Needs

September 17, 2010 Between now and April of 2011, thousands (maybe hundreds of thousands) of leadership teams around the world will be going "offsite" to review their progress, plan for the future and bond with each other. It's that time of the year. The fourth and first quarters of the year is when ...

How to Coach a Boss Who Doesn't Want to Be Coached

September 14, 2010 Maybe you've heard this joke about leadership coaching: Q: How many coaches does it take to change a light bulb? A: Just one, but the light bulb has to really want to change. Humor is always funnier when there's an element of truth in it. Over the weekend, I received ...

A Letter from Chile

September 10, 2010 Last week, I wrote a post on the lessons in leadership we're receiving from the Chilean miners trapped in their copper mine. Thanks to the editors at SmartBrief on Leadership, the post received a lot of attention and generated a lot of thoughtful comments. In addition to the comments, I ...

Ten Proven and Simple Ways to Pace Yourself

September 8, 2010 Here in the United States, the week following Labor Day tends to feel like the beginning of a new year. Kids are back in school, conferences and special events fill the schedule and the final push towards the end of the calendar year kicks into high gear in just about ...

In Praise of What You Can Do

September 7, 2010 Most people who know my wife, Diane, find her to be rather amazing. And, no, I'm not just saying that because I'm her husband. People tell me on a regular basis without any prompting from me that they find her amazing. This has gone on for years, but the latest ...

What We Can Learn About Leadership from the Chilean Miners

September 2, 2010 Some days it seems like you have to look long and hard to find examples of inspirational leadership lessons in the news. Today was not one of those days. If you haven't already done so, you must read the front page article by Alexei Barrionuevo in the New York Times ...