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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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Video Book Club: Leaders Make the Future

March 25, 2010 OK, I'm doing something different with VBC this week. I'm recommending a book I haven't read yet. It's called Leaders Make the Future. I feel pretty confident pitching it because I just spent the better part of two days listening to its author, Bob Johansen, talking about what's in it. ...

How to Give a Pep Talk

March 24, 2010 Whether you're for or against the health care bill, it's pretty clear that the passage of the bill by the House will be one of the bigger stories of 2010. In all of the coverage of the debate, one clip I saw made a broader impression on me. It was ...

How Leaders Can Prevent 'Sudden' Fractures

March 23, 2010 I'm in Phoenix this week for a meeting of companies that provide leadership and organizational development consulting and coaching. It's a nice opportunity to learn from colleagues and I want to share with you a useful analogy I picked up today. Our opening speaker was Dennis Bonilla, a managing director ...

Truman Thursdays: A Look at Night Flight Operations

March 18, 2010 At this risk of reading like the opening line of a really bad novel, this post begins with the phrase, "It was a dark and stormy night." The thing is, it actually was. On my January trip to the USS Harry S Truman, we had the opportunity to observe nighttime ...

They Can Handle the Truth

March 17, 2010 When I'm conducting feedback for a client one of the things I really like to hear from the direct reports is something like, "My manager shares information with us that other managers don't share with their teams. That helps us make better decisions and do better work." The flip side ...

Hanging Tough with Your Boss

March 15, 2010 The Washington Post ran an interesting article by Lois Romano last week on how Hillary Clinton is organizing her staff and leading at the State Department. For me, the kicker came at the very end in this passage: Shamila Chaudary -- a self-described "backbencher" -- had toiled for years as ...

Listen and They Will Talk

March 12, 2010 Yesterday, I had a wrap up session with an executive I've enjoyed coaching for the past seven months. He was one of those clients who was great to work with because he took his colleague feedback to heart and really dedicated himself to following through on developing a few key ...

Truman Thursdays: Enlisted Personnel on What Makes a Leader

March 11, 2010 There are just a few more weeks left of video blogs from my visit to the USS Harry S Truman earlier this year. This week's installment was shot during a breakfast that the Command Master Chief arranged for our group to have with some of the enlisted sailors on board. ...

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 ...