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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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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 ...

Predicting the Future by Reading the Present

May 25, 2010 Thirty years ago, John Naisbitt took the publishing world by storm with his book, Megatrends. It was a best seller for two years and sold nine million copies. Naisbitt identified ten big trends for the future by doing a deep analysis of current news stories and looking for the patterns ...

Why We Need An MBA Oath

May 24, 2010 You may have heard about The MBA Oath. It was created by a couple of Harvard Business School students last year and has spread to business school campuses around the world and led to a book on the topic. As the Financial Times reports, it's supported by the new dean ...

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 ...