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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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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 ...

Asking, Guessing and Leadership

May 17, 2010 I don't remember who it was that first told me this, but somewhere along the way when I was growing up someone gave me some pretty powerful advice. They said, "If you want something, ask for it. After all, what's the worst that can happen? They just say no. You're ...

Your Leadership Role Will End

May 13, 2010 One thing you can count on if you're in a leadership role is that it's going to end someday. If you're lucky, you'll leave the role with tributes and parties in your honor. If you're not so lucky, you may not have much time to make the transition from leader ...

How to Share Power

May 11, 2010 The most interesting political story this week is the negotiation among David Cameron of the U.K.'s Conservative Party and Nick Clegg of the Liberal Democrats to reach a power sharing agreement to establish a coalition government following last week's elections in the U.K. Of course, the current prime minister, Gordon ...

Quote of the Week Award Winner

May 7, 2010 There was an interesting article in the Washington Post this week about an invention developed by a United Methodist pastor in Salem, VA named Ken Dupin. After thinking about the dilemma of seniors who need extended care but don't want to move to a nursing home, Dupin has come up ...

Pavlov Didn't Train Leaders

May 5, 2010 Anyone who had Intro to Psychology in school knows the story of Pavlov's dog. The Russian psychologist is best known today for his research in conditioned response. In his most famous experiment, he would ring a bell every time he gave his dog a tasty treat. The dog learned to ...

Perfect or Good Enough?

May 4, 2010 One of the issues that a lot of my high potential leader clients find challenging is summed up in this item from the list of leadership behaviors in our Next Level 360 degree survey: Effectively differentiates between efforts that require perfection and those for which "good enough" is sufficient. It's ...

True Insincerity is Hard to Find

May 3, 2010 One of my mentors in high school was fond of saying, "True insincerity is hard to find." Running for reelection in Britain this week, prime minister Gordon Brown demonstrated what that line is all about. In case you haven't heard, Brown was out in the neighborhoods talking to the "real ...

Three Dozen Predictable Situations That Executives Will Face in Their Careers

April 28, 2010 There probably aren't many kids who grow up thinking, "Someday I want to be a Wall Street executive and testify in front of a Senate committee that's loaded for bear." Yet, that's what happened this week for eight or nine executives from Goldman Sachs. Who would have predicted that a ...