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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Wally's Advice for New Bosses

September 20, 2010 Sometimes as a leadership blogger, you just need to tip your hat to a colleague and say, "Well done, sir (or ma'am)." That's the case today with Wally Bock's post, So, now you're the boss. Wally succinctly ticks off the points that any new boss needs to remember. Here's a...

Three Things Every Leadership Offsite Needs

September 17, 2010 Between now and April of 2011, thousands (maybe hundreds of thousands) of leadership teams around the world will be going "offsite" to review their progress, plan for the future and bond with each other. It's that time of the year. The fourth and first quarters of the year is when...

How to Coach a Boss Who Doesn't Want to Be Coached

September 14, 2010 Maybe you've heard this joke about leadership coaching: Q: How many coaches does it take to change a light bulb? A: Just one, but the light bulb has to really want to change. Humor is always funnier when there's an element of truth in it. Over the weekend, I received...

A Letter from Chile

September 10, 2010 Last week, I wrote a post on the lessons in leadership we're receiving from the Chilean miners trapped in their copper mine. Thanks to the editors at SmartBrief on Leadership, the post received a lot of attention and generated a lot of thoughtful comments. In addition to the comments, I...

Ten Proven and Simple Ways to Pace Yourself

September 8, 2010 Here in the United States, the week following Labor Day tends to feel like the beginning of a new year. Kids are back in school, conferences and special events fill the schedule and the final push towards the end of the calendar year kicks into high gear in just about...

In Praise of What You Can Do

September 7, 2010 Most people who know my wife, Diane, find her to be rather amazing. And, no, I'm not just saying that because I'm her husband. People tell me on a regular basis without any prompting from me that they find her amazing. This has gone on for years, but the latest...

What We Can Learn About Leadership from the Chilean Miners

September 2, 2010 Some days it seems like you have to look long and hard to find examples of inspirational leadership lessons in the news. Today was not one of those days. If you haven't already done so, you must read the front page article by Alexei Barrionuevo in the New York Times...

Three Warning Signs That You're Setting Yourself Up For A Leadership FAIL

August 31, 2010 There's a long-standing piece of advice to leaders that goes like this. They don't care how much you know until they know how much you care. I'm thinking about that this morning having read an article in the Washington Post over the weekend about polling that shows DC mayor Adrian...

Three Tips for Beating the Jitters

August 27, 2010 It doesn't matter how far you go as a leader, you'll occasionally face situations that make you nervous. The reasons for the jitters can vary. It might be the first time you've led the senior staff meeting; it could be your first congressional hearing; it could be a crucial conversation...

A British Friend's Take on BP

August 26, 2010 By the end of the day last Friday, I was ready to spend the rest of the afternoon talking with friends. One of them was my buddy Steve Bowling. Steve's a coach and former HR exec based in New Jersey. He's also a Brit who has lived in the States...

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