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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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For Armstrong and Contador, the Leadership Wheels Come Off

July 31, 2009 For most Americans, cycling's annual 15 minutes of fame has come and gone with Sunday's conclusion of this year's Tour de France. In case you missed it, this year's winner was Spain's Alberto Contador. Finishing third and making a comeback after a three and a half year retirement was the ...

Amygdala Hijacks, Professor Gates and the Cambridge Police

July 24, 2009 Let me say from the outset, that this is one of those posts that I've debated writing. Let me also say what I'm not writing about. I'm not writing about racial profiling or who was right or wrong in the situation of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates being handcuffed and ...

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 ...