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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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What’s Your Saber-tooth Tiger?

October 15, 2013 Let’s play caveman or cavewoman. You’re walking along, minding your own business, when all of the sudden you spy a saber-tooth tiger lurking around the next big rock. At that moment, the part of your brain called the amygdala activates your fight or flight response. Adrenalin and other neurochemicals and ...

What to Do When the S**t Hits the Fan

October 9, 2013 Two acknowledgments to begin this post. First, this is a family friendly blog so when I say “the s**t hits the fan,” you know what I mean. Second, everyone has times when the s**t hits the fan. If you’re a leader, s**t hitting the fan could look like a breakdown ...

The Break You Carry With You

October 7, 2013 If you’re like most of the leaders I work with, your calendar is racked and stacked, your inbox is full and your smartphone is always buzzing. It’s pretty hard to show up mindfully when all of that is going on. You need to take a break, but how do you ...

The Government Shutdown and the Verbal Tells That Give Leaders Away

October 3, 2013 Well, here we are again. This week’s federal government shutdown is the latest in a series of sad and maddening examples of a leadership class that’s disconnected from the people it’s supposed to lead and serve. There are plenty of commentators from across the spectrum who are offering their opinions ...

Disappointment Sucks. So, Now What?

September 30, 2013 Yesterday I found what is already one of my all time favorite New Yorker cartoons. I pulled the current issue out of the mailbox, started flipping through it and saw the classic guy on a therapist’s couch. The caption was “I did seize the day. But then it seized me ...

Don’t Like Organizational Politics? Get Over It.

September 25, 2013 At the end of a Next Level Intensive workshop yesterday, I asked the participants for some ideas on topics they’d like to cover in future sessions or what they’d like to see me address in my blog. As people were leaving the room, one of the managers sidled up to ...

What Obama Can Learn About Leadership From the Pope

September 24, 2013 A couple of days ago, in the wake of the zigs and zags of the U.S. response to the use of chemical weapons in Syria, I started thinking about writing a post on the points along the spectrum of clarity in leadership. Anchoring one end of the spectrum is the ...

3 Leadership Lessons from Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston

September 18, 2013 I’m late to the party for what many claim is The. Greatest. Television. Show. Ever. Over the past couple of months, I’ve found myself really getting into Breaking Bad. Thanks to my iPad, it’s become my late night flight obsession on the way home from business trips. I’m about halfway ...

3 Signs You Need a Break

September 16, 2013 A few weeks back, I wrote in this space that I’d be taking a break from blogging and would be back sometime in September. Well, here I am – back to it and excited to be doing so. A break was just what I needed to give some thought to ...

3 Ways to Overcome Impostor Syndrome

August 22, 2013 As a leader, have you ever felt like there must have been some sort of mistake in the selection process that led to you being in the role you’re in? If so, you’re not the only one. Most leaders do at some or more than one point. The phenomenon is ...