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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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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 ...

Feedback - Why You Need It and What to Do with It

November 9, 2009 One of the things that I've come to count on over the past couple of years is that my blogging friend, Dan McCarthy of the Great Leadership blog will write consistently grounded and practical posts on how to be a better leader. His latest post, 10 Ways to Get the ...

Leadership Questions Raised by the 2009 Elections

November 5, 2009 The morning after election day 2009 was probably not a particularly fun one in the White House. As noted in a first rate summary by John F. Harris and Jonathan Martin in Politico, the outcomes of the Virginia and New Jersey gubernatorial races and even the New York City's mayor ...

Leadership Takeaways from Harvard's Drew Gilpin Faust

November 3, 2009 In its almost always interesting series, Sunday's New York Times ran a Corner Office interview with the president of Harvard, Drew Gilpin Faust. I've often thought that because of the range of different stakeholder groups involved that running an academic institution is one of the toughest leadership jobs there is. ...

Learning from the Navy's Commitment to Leadership Development

October 28, 2009 The next time you're feeling challenged about how to reach a goal, think of the sailors from the USS Carl Vinson. As reported in the Washington Post, 30 sailors from the Vinson set a goal to make last Sunday's Marine Corps Marathon their first 26.2 mile race. More and more ...