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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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It Never Ends. Even More Leadership Lessons from the Washington Redskins

November 4, 2010 So, if you're a regular reader of this blog, you might have expected me to have some sort of leadership lessons post on yesterday's mid-term elections. I'm waiting to see how the various players respond in the next couple of days before I get to that topic. One that I'm...

Three Things I Learned About Leadership From Admiral Allen

November 3, 2010 This week I had the opportunity to meet and learn from someone I've admired for the last five years - former U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Thad Allen. Admiral Allen was the opening keynote speaker at Government Executive's Excellence in Government Conference. (I had the opportunity to speak and work...

Lead Like a Mom

October 29, 2010 With the beginning of a new group coaching cohort, I've been spending some time this week in one on one calls with high potential leaders to review their 360 degree feedback data. One of the calls was with a leader who I'll call Nancy. She's a long term high performer...

Why and How Leaders Need to Say Thank You

October 28, 2010 With a shout out to the folks at the Compensation Café blog, I just read an interesting post on research that demonstrates the positive results that come from saying thank you. So, as you read that last sentence you may have thought, "They needed a study to demonstrate that? I...

Leadership Lessons from a Three Ring Circus

October 26, 2010 With everything that leaders have to juggle, it's easy to feel like the ringmaster of a three ring circus. For Kenneth Feld, CEO of Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, it must be hard to resist that feeling. In it's almost always interesting Corner Office series, the New York...

Why Your Peers Can't Stand Working With You

October 22, 2010 My work as an executive coach involves looking at a lot of 360 degree feedback reports. Like anything else in life, if you look at enough data points you eventually see the patterns and connections. One of the patterns I see in the 360 data on leadership behaviors is that...

Viva Chile: Leadership and the Rescue of the Miners

October 14, 2010 When I was a kid, my mom let me stay home from school the day that the astronauts of Apollo 13 came back to Earth after their spacecraft suffered an explosion on the way to the moon. Like millions of others around the world, we anxiously watched the TV waiting...

Five Tips for Leaders Who Are Betwixt and Between

October 13, 2010 Every so often, one of my clients will get a promotion to a job where the expectations are so different that it's not clear to them how they fit in anymore. It's usually a case where they're moving from a pretty hands-on, directive leadership role and into a role in...

Courage and Diving Board Moments

October 12, 2010 One day last week, I took the rest of the afternoon off and drove into the District of Columbia to see the exhibition of Norman Rockwell paintings on loan to the Smithsonian American Art Museum from the collections of filmmakers Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. Like a lot of Americans...

How to Lead Like a Pig

October 8, 2010 If you've been looking for a great case study of how quickly leadership can change the culture of an organization, look no further than David Carr's front page piece in theNew York Times this week. In it, he describes how real estate investor Sam Zell and his minions destroyed the...

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