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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 It Takes to Build Leaders

February 22, 2010 Last Friday, I heard a presentation on a study that anyone concerned with building leadership as a competitive advantage should take a look at. It was from Richmond Fourney, a senior consultant with Hewitt Associates working on their biannual study of the Best Companies for Leaders. Joining him was Suzanne ...

Want to Think Outside Your Box? Get Inside Someone Else's

February 19, 2010 This has been a perspective stretching week for a number of my clients and me. Earlier in the week, I had the opportunity to sit in on a briefing between a client organization and a strategic partner they use for innovation inspiration. The two organizations really couldn't be much more ...

Truman Thursdays: How to Launch and Land Planes on an Aircraft Carrier

February 18, 2010 Regular readers of the Next Level Blog know that I've been sharing some videos from the trip I made last month to the aircraft carrier, USS Harry S Truman.I've been running the clips on Thursdays (here's the first overview video and interviews with the Commanding Officer and Executive Officer of ...

How to Delegate to Your Team and Manage Risk at the Same Time

February 17, 2010 In a group coaching session with a group of corporate directors yesterday, we were talking about the challenge of delegating actions and decisions to your team while still keeping yourself informed of things that could put either your organization or career at risk. In the course of the conversation, someone ...

Truman Thursdays: Leaders at All Levels Speak on Leadership

February 11, 2010 For this week's Truman Thursday video, I asked three leaders at different levels to talk about what they're looking for in a leader. First up is the senior non-commissioned officer on the USS Harry S Truman, Chief Master Chief Walker. The group I was in spent some time at breakfast ...

What to Do on a Snow Day (or whatever your version of one is)

February 10, 2010 As I write this in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC, it is snowing steadily and the winds are blowing. We're on our way to another 20 inches on top of the two feet or so of crusty five day old snow that we already have. Federal government offices ...

Who Are You Playing For?

February 8, 2010 In retrospect, it wasn't really a fair fight. The Indianapolis Colts were only allowed 11 men on the field while the New Orleans Saints had 12 throughout the Super Bowl. It's rare when a team and its fans bond in the way that the Saints did with the people of ...

Truman Thursdays: Executive Officer John Meier on What He Looks for in a Leader

February 4, 2010 Here's the latest installment of interviews I did with leaders on my recent visit to the USS Harry S Truman. The featured officer this week is Captain John Meier, the XO of the Truman. As the number two leader on the ship, Meier is looking for three things in his ...

Tips for Younger Leaders (that apply to leaders of any age)

February 3, 2010 Lately, I've been working on a second edition of my book, The Next Level, to be released this Fall. It will still focus on what you need to pick up and let go of as you move into or up in executive leadership. The new edition will include situation-specific coaching ...

What Leaders Can Learn from Obama and the GOP

February 1, 2010 Early last week, my 10th grade son asked my wife and me for ideas on a speech he has to write for his composition class. The assignment is to write a speech that fills in the blank on, "I have a dream that..." After thinking about it for a few ...