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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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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 ...

Keeping Your Best Engaged

October 26, 2009 The tough economic environment of the past year and a half has made organizational leadership an even more challenging job than usual. A recent article in HR Executive Online by Lin Grensing-Pophal reports on a somewhat surprising aspect of that leadership challenge. Drawing on a recent study conducted by Watson-Wyatt ...

The Power of the Obvious Question

October 22, 2009 When faced with an intractable or complex problem, it's easy for leaders to get bogged down in the minutiae when trying to come up with a solution. Another trap is to go binary - it's either this or it's that - too soon in the decision making process. Rather than ...

Learning What Not to Do From the Leadership of the Washington Redskins

October 20, 2009 There's an old, old saying that, "A fish rots from the head down." It dates in English from at least 1674 and has probably hung around all these years because it's true. The Washington Redskins are one of the latest examples of the truth of this aphorism. Since the NFL ...

The Balloon Boy and the Decline of the American Mind

October 16, 2009 If you were looking for any news on health care reform, Afghanistan or the President's trip to New Orleans on television yesterday afternoon or most of last evening, you were out of luck. Everything else was pushed aside by the story of the 6 year old balloon boy, Falcon, flying ...

British MP's Behaving Badly: When Appearances Trump the Rules

October 14, 2009 British MP's Behaving Badly: When Appearances Trump the Rules I've been in London this week for a presentation I gave to a group of new executives yesterday. It's been a great trip with a lot of friendly people and fascinating things to see. One of the things I really enjoy ...