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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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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 ...

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 ...