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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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Is This Your Best Work?

March 10, 2010 Yesterday, I was talking with a client who is frustrated with the amount of errors he's receiving in financial reports provided to him by members of his team. When he reviews the reports, he regularly finds obvious errors that anyone with experience in the field should have caught on a ...

The Questions Leaders Ask at DARPA

March 8, 2010 You may not have heard of DARPA, but if you're reading this article, you use at least one of the things they invented. DARPA is the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and back in the 1960's and '70's, they came up with a communications network called ARPANET. Today, it's a ...

What Are We Incenting?

March 5, 2010 There was an interesting interview this week on NPR's Morning Edition with a former assistant secretary of education, Diane Ravitch. Ravitch was a vocal supporter of the No Child Left Behind program that put performance standards in place for school districts across the country. Based on her research and observation ...

Truman Thursdays: The Air Boss on How It All Works

March 4, 2010 During my group's trip to the USS Harry S Truman earlier this year, we got to spend about 20 minutes on the flight bridge with the Air Boss. Along with his teammate, the Mini-Boss, he's the guy who leads everyone involved in flight operations on the ship. In this clip, ...

Sometimes It's Better Not to Win

March 3, 2010 It's Wednesday and I still find myself drifting back to the gold medal hockey showdown between Canada and the U.S. on Sunday's closing day of the Vancouver Olympics. Like a lot of other casual hockey fans, I found myself utterly swept away by the excitement of the U.S. comeback to ...

Happiness and the Ego Monster

March 1, 2010 Every so often, I'll read something that makes an impression on me and then a day or two later read something entirely different that somehow connects to the first thing I read. This morning was one of those times. Last night, I was skimming the Sunday New York Times (after ...

Three Quick Leadership Lessons from Toyota

February 26, 2010 With the ongoing spate of stories about Toyota's safety recall and this week's congressional testimony by Mr. Toyoda himself, it's easy to forget that it was just a few years ago that the company was enjoying a twenty plus year run as a quality leader in the automotive industry. During ...

Truman Thursdays: The Handler Explains It All

February 25, 2010 In this week's video installment of life on the USS Harry S Truman, Lt. Cmdr. Rodney Mullins explains how he and his team use the "Ouija board" to keep track of everything going on on the flight deck. Lt. Cmdr. Mullins is the aircraft handling officer, otherwise known as the ...

How Do You Handle It When You're the Boss and Not the Peer?

February 24, 2010 In case you missed it, there was a terrific profile in the Sunday New York Times on the new CEO of Xerox, Ursula Burns. The article, and her quotes within it, focused on one of my favorite topics, leadership transitions. There's a lot of valuable perspective and advice in the ...

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 ...