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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They Can Handle the Truth

March 17, 2010 When I'm conducting feedback for a client one of the things I really like to hear from the direct reports is something like, "My manager shares information with us that other managers don't share with their teams. That helps us make better decisions and do better work." The flip side...

Hanging Tough with Your Boss

March 15, 2010 The Washington Post ran an interesting article by Lois Romano last week on how Hillary Clinton is organizing her staff and leading at the State Department. For me, the kicker came at the very end in this passage: Shamila Chaudary -- a self-described "backbencher" -- had toiled for years as...

Listen and They Will Talk

March 12, 2010 Yesterday, I had a wrap up session with an executive I've enjoyed coaching for the past seven months. He was one of those clients who was great to work with because he took his colleague feedback to heart and really dedicated himself to following through on developing a few key...

Truman Thursdays: Enlisted Personnel on What Makes a Leader

March 11, 2010 There are just a few more weeks left of video blogs from my visit to the USS Harry S Truman earlier this year. This week's installment was shot during a breakfast that the Command Master Chief arranged for our group to have with some of the enlisted sailors on board....

Is This Your Best Work?

March 10, 2010 Yesterday, I was talking with a client who is frustrated with the amount of errors he's receiving in financial reports provided to him by members of his team. When he reviews the reports, he regularly finds obvious errors that anyone with experience in the field should have caught on a...

The Questions Leaders Ask at DARPA

March 8, 2010 You may not have heard of DARPA, but if you're reading this article, you use at least one of the things they invented. DARPA is the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and back in the 1960's and '70's, they came up with a communications network called ARPANET. Today, it's a...

What Are We Incenting?

March 5, 2010 There was an interesting interview this week on NPR's Morning Edition with a former assistant secretary of education, Diane Ravitch. Ravitch was a vocal supporter of the No Child Left Behind program that put performance standards in place for school districts across the country. Based on her research and observation...

Truman Thursdays: The Air Boss on How It All Works

March 4, 2010 During my group's trip to the USS Harry S Truman earlier this year, we got to spend about 20 minutes on the flight bridge with the Air Boss. Along with his teammate, the Mini-Boss, he's the guy who leads everyone involved in flight operations on the ship. In this clip,...

Sometimes It's Better Not to Win

March 3, 2010 It's Wednesday and I still find myself drifting back to the gold medal hockey showdown between Canada and the U.S. on Sunday's closing day of the Vancouver Olympics. Like a lot of other casual hockey fans, I found myself utterly swept away by the excitement of the U.S. comeback to...

Happiness and the Ego Monster

March 1, 2010 Every so often, I'll read something that makes an impression on me and then a day or two later read something entirely different that somehow connects to the first thing I read. This morning was one of those times. Last night, I was skimming the Sunday New York Times (after...

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