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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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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 ...

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 ...