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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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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 ...

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 ...