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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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How to Handle It When You're the Smartest Kid in the Class

October 13, 2009 The range of reactions to President Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize has been really interesting to observe. Depending on which person or group you've been watching or listening to, you've had the opportunity to witness a full spectrum of emotional reactions from happiness to anger, from satisfaction to surprise. ...

What Leaders Can Learn from Brett Favre About Winning Over a Skeptical Team

October 7, 2009 In the category of "Man, I wish I'd written that," my blogging friend Mike Figliuolo had a great post last week called "Ten Reasons Your Team Hates You." It was a brilliant piece with so true they might hurt items such as you don't fight for them, you micromanage, you're ...

The Mark of a Leader: How to Prepare Your Successor

October 5, 2009 The end of last week brought a couple of mirror image stories about leaders in the world of finance. The first was the sudden announcement from Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis that he intends to retire at the end of the year. As reported in The Economist, the B ...

Leadership Lessons from U2

October 2, 2009 Any week you can check something off your bucket list is a good week. This was one of those weeks for me as I checked off a long held goal of seeing U2 in concert. Bono and his band mates are on a six week tour and they stopped at ...

Jim Collins' Top 10 To-Do's for Leaders

September 30, 2009 This is the last of three posts that I'm writing based on some great presentations I heard at the Inc. 500 conference in Washington, DC last week. The primary keynoter for the conference was leadership guru Jim Collins, the author of Good to Great and the new book, How The ...

Jet Blue Founder's Advice for Leaders: Have Your Cry and Keep Going

September 29, 2009 This week I'll be sharing some insights I picked up at the recent Inc. 500 conference in Washington, DC. Today's comes from Jet Blue's founding CEO, David Neeleman who was one of several terrific speakers at the conference. Lots of people in the United States are familiar with Jet Blue ...

Leaders, Are You Thinking Big Enough? Zipcar's CEO Has a Challenge for You.

September 25, 2009 I'm taking some time to feed the mind this week by attending the Inc. 500 conference taking place in Washington, DC. There have been some notable speakers on the agenda including Good to Great author Jim Collins and Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh. The most thought provoking speaker I've heard so ...

Leadership and Changing Your Mind

September 24, 2009 In the early morning on September 8, I woke up and couldn't get back to sleep. I read a little bit of news and among the stories were a number on the presidential elections in Afghanistan and the early indications of widespread voting fraud. The other main story around Afghanistan ...

Five Tips for Living with a Big Leadership Footprint

September 22, 2009 Have you ever felt like you were being watched? I'm not trying to induce panicked paranoia here, but if you're a leader you should be feeling that way. The more senior a leader you are, the more you're being watched. You need to pick up what I call a big ...

Coach 'Em Up: Leadership Wisdom from Tony Dungy

September 21, 2009 There's been a lot written in the past few weeks about the demise of humility in our culture. (See David Brooks' column last week for one of the most eloquent expressions of this problem.) Fortunately, we still have some great examples of successful leaders who demonstrate humility. One of those ...