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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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Return of the Peanut Butter Man: A Lesson in How to Influence Your Top Leaders

September 9, 2009 No, I'm not talking about some schlocky movie that didn't make it into theatres this summer. I'm talking about Brad Garlinghouse, a former Yahoo Senior Vice President who was hired this week to be a key part of the leadership team charged with spinning AOL out of Time Warner over ...

Reflections and Suggestions on Labor Day Weekend

September 4, 2009 What are you doing to celebrate Labor Day? Like so many three day weekends in the U.S., the original point of Labor Day has sort of gotten lost in the shuffle. (President's Day mattress sale anyone?) I spent a little time this morning looking up the history of Labor Day ...

Five Things Alan Mulally is Doing to Help Ford Win

September 2, 2009 Now that the Cash for Clunkers program is over, the results are coming in and it looks like the big winners from the program are Hyundai and Ford with year over year monthly sales increases of 47% and 17% respectively. The number three selling new car during the Clunkers program ...

The Life of Ted Kennedy: Two Lessons I Haven't Read Elsewhere

August 28, 2009 Most Americans alive today cannot remember a time when a Kennedy of the generation of John, Robert and Ted was not playing a major public role in the life of the nation. The passing of Ted Kennedy this week literally marks the end of an era and is, I think, ...

Ben Bernanke: An Indispensable Leader?

August 26, 2009 In my presentations and group coaching work, I'm fond of quoting Charles DeGaulle's observation that, "The cemeteries are full of indispensable men." The point I'm trying to make with that line is that while every leader has unique opportunities and responsibilities in their role that only they can do, no ...

Middle Managers: The Meat in the Sandwich

August 24, 2009 A lot of the clients I work with in our group coaching program are middle managers. They've moved beyond the level of front line leaders and supervisors, but have not yet reached the ranks of the most senior executives. They're the directors, senior directors and vice presidents in the private ...

What Leaders Can Learn from a Doctor About How to Deliver Bad News

August 21, 2009 One of my favorite sayings about leadership is that it's a two part job. The first is to define reality. The second is to offer hope. The challenge is to strike the right balance between the two in a given situation. It's hard to get it right. Some leaders go ...

What Leaders Can Learn from Lab Rats: Five Tips for Beating Stress

August 19, 2009 Have you ever noticed that the more stressed you get, the more likely you are to keep doing things that aren't that productive (e.g. waste another 10 minutes surfing the web or eat that second piece of cake)? Well, I don't know if this will make you feel any better, ...

Three Leadership Lessons from Health Care Reform

August 17, 2009 As I wrote last week, the health care reform debate is, unfortunately, full of important lessons for leaders on how not to drive change. Admittedly, it's a lot easier to observe what seems to be going wrong when you're watching the process instead of being in the middle of it. ...

Leadership Inspiration from Les Paul

August 14, 2009 If you've read this blog for awhile, you know that I'm fascinated and inspired by what people do in and with their lives. I started this week by blogging about Julia Child and I'm going to end it with some thoughts about Les Paul who died Thursday at age 94. ...