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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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Something Positive You Can Do

December 7, 2009 As I write this, I'm thinking back on the serious and crazy events of the last week or so. The first few that come to mind are President Obama's speech on the troop increase in Afghanistan, the White House jobs summit, the White House party crashers and the whole Tiger ...

Wanted: New CEO for GM

December 3, 2009 Regular readers of this blog know that I have some degree of fascination with the auto industry. It might track back to my boyhood love of Hot Wheels, but I think it's mainly that the current state of affairs offers so many opportunities to observe leaders operating in really challenging ...

How to Take a Personal Leadership Offsite

November 30, 2009 One of my coaching clients is taking his leadership team to Phoenix next week for an offsite planning meeting. (He invited me to come and help out, but my schedule wouldn't allow it. Too bad, Phoenix is nice this time of year!) If you've been around as an organizational leader ...

How to Lead in the Age of the Multi-logue

November 24, 2009 Have you seen the new smart phone commercial where the guy is standing in the middle of the desert and all of the thousands of people in his information stream are rushing at him? It's from Motorola. It's 30 seconds long and worth a quick look. It's funny because it's ...

If I Was Coaching Goldman's Lloyd Blankfein

November 20, 2009 One of the big responsibilities of an executive coach is to help the client step back to a broader perspective and observe how what he's doing connects or disconnects with the results he's trying to get. It's helping the client move, as Harvard's Ron Heifetz would say, off the dance ...

Slow is the New Fast

November 18, 2009 If you happen to have 100 million Euros (about $150 million) to spare, you might be in the market for the yacht, The Why, pictured to the left. Yes, that's the stern of a boat that was featured in the House & Home section of a recent edition of the ...

The Six Factors That Drive Confidence in Leaders

November 16, 2009 For the past four years, the Harvard Kennedy School's Center for Public Leadership has conducted an annual public opinion poll to determine the sector leaders in which Americans have the most and least confidence and the factors behind those confidence levels. The 2009 results have just been released and there ...

The Difference Between What Should Be and What Is

November 13, 2009 Something appeared in my inbox this week that sparked an opportunity to follow up on a post from last week - Feedback: Why You Need It and What To Do With It. As an alumnus and faculty member of the Georgetown University Leadership Coaching Certificate Program, I'm a member of ...

A Few Tips for USAID's Rajiv Shah and Anyone Else Leading a Turnaround

November 11, 2009 President Obama appointed Rajiv Shah to head the US Agency for International Development. The appointment comes after a 10 month vacancy at the top of the Agency and a 40 percent reduction in its full time staff over the past 20 years. Since the effective deployment of foreign aid is ...

Five Change Leadership Lessons from the Five Dollar Foot Long

November 10, 2009 First, let me apologize for implanting Subway's Five (five dollar), Five Dollar Foot Long ear worm in your head for the rest of the day. I hope that you'll agree with me that it was worth it to learn five lessons about winning support for change from the top leaders ...