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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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What Am I Supposed To Be Learning From This?

June 22, 2010 A long time ago in a land far away, I worked for a year as a first year associate in a now defunct Wall Street investment bank. It was a stressful, but educational experience. What did I learn? Lots of things. Things like the recruiting process is not necessarily the ...

Crummy Boss? Sneaky Peers? Let It Go.

June 21, 2010 Every so often, I'll have a conversation with a client who is really frustrated with someone at work. It could be a really difficult boss or a peer who is only focused on his own agenda. What I frequently see with clients in these situations is a lot of pent ...

What's Your Intention?

June 18, 2010 As I often do, I spent yesterday with a group of high potential executives in an orientation program. The point of the program was to give these newly promoted leaders an inside look at what's expected of them and to give them some opportunities to learn and think about what's ...

Could You Get Reelected?

June 14, 2010 Here's a question that might make you uncomfortable or maybe even angry. If you had to run a campaign to keep your leadership job, could you get reelected? In this era of anti-incumbent fever, my guess is that there are a lot of non-political leaders who would be voted out ...

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 ...