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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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Even More Leadership Lessons from Rock and Roll

July 22, 2009 Last week, I sent out one of my periodic newsletters, which featured my recent blog post on leadership lessons from the Boss, Bruce Springsteen. That article prompted a note from Rich Beach, a director at IT services provider CGI and an alumnus of our Next Level Leadershipâ"¢ group coaching program. ...

His Thoughts, My Tips on How to Be a Great Leader

July 17, 2009 For the past several months, the New York Times has been running interviews on leadership with the CEO's of well known organizations. They're almost always interesting. Sometimes I agree with the points they make, sometimes I learn something new and, honestly, sometimes I find myself wondering, "How did this person ...

How to Lead Your Team to a $182 Billion Loss

July 16, 2009 If you're looking for a textbook example of how to be a dangerously ineffective leader, look no further than the great writer Michael Lewis' article, "The Man Who Crashed the World," in the current issue of Vanity Fair. It's the story of a guy named Joseph Cassano who ran AIG ...

Turning Things Around: Focus on the Big Rocks

July 13, 2009 Any executive who has ever been charged with leading a turnaround has to empathize at some level with President Obama. How would you like to be accountable for two wars, a shaky economy, fixing the health care system and dealing with Iran and North Korea - all at once? If ...

Finger Painting as a Leadership Practice

July 10, 2009 One of the many fun things I get to do in my work is serving as a faculty member of the Leadership Coaching Certificate Program at Georgetown University. Last month, I had the pleasure of reading through some great papers by the current group of students offering their best ideas ...

What Can Leaders Learn From the Life of Robert McNamara?

July 8, 2009 As a 48-year old, I am too young to have a first hand recollection of the role that former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara played in shaping the Vietnam War. As a student of leadership and history, I've been fascinated to read the many different obituaries, articles and editorials that ...

Leadership Lessons From Starbucks

July 6, 2009 The latest Leadership Lessons podcast interview is guaranteed to go well with your grande Caramel Macchiato. My guest is Howard Behar, the former president of Starbucks Coffee Company. His book, It's Not About the Coffee is out in paperback with a new preface on leading in hard times and is ...

What's On Your T Shirt?

July 1, 2009 I'm spending a lot of time this week talking with high potential leaders in our group coaching program about the next level strengths and opportunities that are showing up in their 360-degree feedback results. The goal is to get the focus down to improving one or two behaviors that will ...

Your Leadership Legacy in One Sentence

June 29, 2009 By now, pretty much everyone has heard of the elevator speech. You know the drill, describe what you're working on, why it matters and what the other person can do to help in 60 seconds or less. I've read lately that the Tweet is the new elevator speech. Can you ...

Michael Jackson, Mark Sanford and the Human Condition

June 26, 2009 I've been thinking a lot about the light side and the dark side of the human condition this week. A lot of this has been driven by the news and some of it has been driven by some reading I'm doing. For so many leaders, the passion and energy that ...