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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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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. ...

Shout It, Shout It, Shout It Out Loud: Lessons for Leaders from the Health Care Town Halls

August 12, 2009 You've no doubt seen the videos of members of Congress such as Arlen Specter and Claire McCaskill conducting (or, more accurately, trying to conduct) town hall meetings on health care reform. This seems to be rapidly turning into the summer of the shouters. My friend and blogging colleague John Baldoni ...

What I Learned from Julia Child on Friday Afternoon

August 11, 2009 My wife, the healthy food blogger (www.thewholegang.org), and I played hooky from work last Friday afternoon and went to the 1:10 pm showing of the new movie, Julie and Julia. (We were there with all of the retired folks and I concluded that that looks like a pretty sweet gig.) ...

How to Influence Your New Boss, Part II

August 7, 2009 One of the questions that I get asked all the time in coaching sessions and speaking engagements is, "How do I work with or influence my new boss?" That's a great question because it outlines a situation that most executives are going to face multiple times throughout their careers. I ...

Starbucks as a Leadership Case Study: Efficiency, Effectiveness or Both?

August 6, 2009 Been to a Starbucks lately? If so, what do you think? If you're a long time Starbucker, how does the experience in the stores lately compare with the way things were four or five years ago? What do any of these questions have to do with leadership, you ask? (After ...

It's Monday. Do You Know Where Your Time is Going?

August 3, 2009 Last week was a vacation week for me and this week sort of, kind of is. What's the difference? Well, one big difference is location - Laguna Beach, CA vs. Northern Virginia. I learned last week that when the Pacific Ocean is a three block walk down the street from ...

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 ...