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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 I Learned on an Aircraft Carrier

January 25, 2010 Last October, I had the opportunity to speak on leadership to newly promoted admirals and senior executives of the US Navy in their annual symposium. That led to an invitation to join a group of civilians to visit the aircraft carrier, USS Harry S Truman, on a training cruise off ...

What You Can Learn About Negotiating From Conan O'Brien

January 22, 2010 As I'm writing this a few days before publication, by the time you read this Conan O'Brien will have probably left The Tonight Show on NBC with a hefty severance package in the neighborhood of $30 million. (See this article from the Financial Times for details.) I'd leave for that ...

How Coakley and Brown Pulled Defeat from the Jaws of Victory and Vice Versa: What Leaders Can Learn

January 21, 2010 One of the most fun aspects of my work as an executive coach is the opportunity to work in a lot of different organizations. I enjoy observing what's different and similar in the various cultures. One thing that's more or less the same everywhere is that most people profess a ...

Six Qualities That Made Martin Luther King, Jr. a Great Speaker

January 19, 2010 Several years ago I was given the gift of the recordings of the sermons and speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. The sermon set is called "A Knock at Midnight," and the speeches set is titled "A Call to Conscience." There are companion books of the same title for each ...

Make a Difference This Year. Right Now.

January 15, 2010 The tragedy in Haiti is a leadership moment for all of us to step up and do what we can do to help. I was talking with my college junior son on the phone last night and he said he wanted to go to Haiti to help. I know how ...

Three Simple Ways to Improve in 2010

January 13, 2010 This is the week where the rubber meets the road on all of those grand plans that we have for changing things in the new year. The glow of being out of the office for a week or two has worn off, all of the stories about what you did ...

Is Winning On Your Calendar?

January 11, 2010 The next few weeks are some of my favorites of the year as the NFL playoffs are underway. Highlights from this past weekend include the Ravens ending the Patriots dynasty, the Jets beating the Bengals at home, the Cowboys on a roll and an absolutely crazy high scoring battle between ...

How To Keep Your Plates Spinning in 2010

January 8, 2010 I'm old enough to remember the guys who used to come on The Ed Sullivan Show to spin plates. It was an amazing act. The fast music would start and the guy would get about five plates spinning on top of sticks and have another five plates spinning between the ...

Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word

January 6, 2010 Question: What do former Time Warner CEO, Jerry Levin, former Citigroup CEO Sandy Weill and (soon to be former?) Washington Wizard, Gilbert Arenas have in common? Answer: They each have their issues with saying, "I'm sorry." Of course, that trait is not unique to them. Elton John recognized it as ...

Invictus: A Leadership Case Study for Years to Come

January 4, 2010 So one of the wonderful things (for me at least) about the end of year holidays is the opportunity to see a lot of first run movies. This year I saw Avatar (terrific 3D cinematography, weak script), Up in the Air (brilliant rendition of soulless business travel) and Invictus which ...