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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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Your Leadership Legacy in One Sentence

June 29, 2009 By now, pretty much everyone has heard of the elevator speech. You know the drill, describe what you're working on, why it matters and what the other person can do to help in 60 seconds or less. I've read lately that the Tweet is the new elevator speech. Can you ...

Michael Jackson, Mark Sanford and the Human Condition

June 26, 2009 I've been thinking a lot about the light side and the dark side of the human condition this week. A lot of this has been driven by the news and some of it has been driven by some reading I'm doing. For so many leaders, the passion and energy that ...

Lessons from Tiger's Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Weekend

June 24, 2009 Regular readers of this blog and anyone who's heard me deliver a presentation lately know that I am a huge fan of Tiger Woods. His level of focus and commitment to continuous improvement are great examples for leaders. So, I was mildly bummed when Tiger wasn't able to overcome an ...

Platform-Agnostic Leadership

June 22, 2009 The protests over the elections in Iran present one of those rare instances when you know in the moment you're watching history being made. The courage and dreams of the Iranians in the streets demanding democracy are inspiring. As many have commented, one of the fascinating aspects of the protests ...

Questions for Conscious Leaders

June 19, 2009 My goal this Friday is to leave you with some food for thought over the next few days. This has been a week when I've had the opportunity to coach leaders in a number of different situations and settings. I've been impressed and humbled in each instance by the conscious ...

How To Be A Leader Who Climbs The Walls

June 17, 2009 A couple of days ago, I put out a question to my LinkedIn network on the best conferences for plugging in to fresh thinking on innovation and leadership. The answers are still coming in, but so far the overwhelming favorite is the series of conferences known as TED. If you're ...

Unsolicited Leadership Advice for D.C. Schools Chief

June 16, 2009 Sunday's Washington Post ran a front page feature article reviewing the first two years of Michelle Rhee's tenure as the chancellor of Washington, D.C.'s public school system. Thanks in part to extensive national coverage like the Time magazine cover to the right, Rhee has become the face of education reform ...

Inside-Outside Leadership Perspectives

June 10, 2009 Years ago, when I was a corporate executive myself, I read and re-read Kevin Cashman's Leadership from the Inside Out. (A second edition has recently been released which I encourage you to buy.) With its emphasis on the leader as a whole person, Kevin's book really helped me get up ...

Wit and/or Wisdom from the Leadership Carnival

June 8, 2009 My friend, Dan McCarthy of the Great Leadership Blog (Dan just gives, gives, gives and never takes), is hosting his monthly Leadership Carnival with the wit and/or wisdom of more than 30 leadership bloggers including yours truly. There are a lot of great posts there. A couple in particular that ...

5 + 5 = 10 Mistakes to Avoid

June 5, 2009 Based on a study of 11,000 360 degree surveys reported in the Harvard Business Review, leadership feedback gurus Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman have identified ten behaviors found in the bottom 10% of leaders. The top five mistakes they make are: Lack energy and enthusiasm Accept their own mediocre performance ...