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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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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...

Three Quick Leadership Lessons from Toyota

February 26, 2010 With the ongoing spate of stories about Toyota's safety recall and this week's congressional testimony by Mr. Toyoda himself, it's easy to forget that it was just a few years ago that the company was enjoying a twenty plus year run as a quality leader in the automotive industry. During...

Truman Thursdays: The Handler Explains It All

February 25, 2010 In this week's video installment of life on the USS Harry S Truman, Lt. Cmdr. Rodney Mullins explains how he and his team use the "Ouija board" to keep track of everything going on on the flight deck. Lt. Cmdr. Mullins is the aircraft handling officer, otherwise known as the...

How Do You Handle It When You're the Boss and Not the Peer?

February 24, 2010 In case you missed it, there was a terrific profile in the Sunday New York Times on the new CEO of Xerox, Ursula Burns. The article, and her quotes within it, focused on one of my favorite topics, leadership transitions. There's a lot of valuable perspective and advice in the...

What It Takes to Build Leaders

February 22, 2010 Last Friday, I heard a presentation on a study that anyone concerned with building leadership as a competitive advantage should take a look at. It was from Richmond Fourney, a senior consultant with Hewitt Associates working on their biannual study of the Best Companies for Leaders. Joining him was Suzanne...

Want to Think Outside Your Box? Get Inside Someone Else's

February 19, 2010 This has been a perspective stretching week for a number of my clients and me. Earlier in the week, I had the opportunity to sit in on a briefing between a client organization and a strategic partner they use for innovation inspiration. The two organizations really couldn't be much more...

Truman Thursdays: How to Launch and Land Planes on an Aircraft Carrier

February 18, 2010 Regular readers of the Next Level Blog know that I've been sharing some videos from the trip I made last month to the aircraft carrier, USS Harry S Truman.I've been running the clips on Thursdays (here's the first overview video and interviews with the Commanding Officer and Executive Officer of...

How to Delegate to Your Team and Manage Risk at the Same Time

February 17, 2010 In a group coaching session with a group of corporate directors yesterday, we were talking about the challenge of delegating actions and decisions to your team while still keeping yourself informed of things that could put either your organization or career at risk. In the course of the conversation, someone...

Truman Thursdays: Leaders at All Levels Speak on Leadership

February 11, 2010 For this week's Truman Thursday video, I asked three leaders at different levels to talk about what they're looking for in a leader. First up is the senior non-commissioned officer on the USS Harry S Truman, Chief Master Chief Walker. The group I was in spent some time at breakfast...

What to Do on a Snow Day (or whatever your version of one is)

February 10, 2010 As I write this in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC, it is snowing steadily and the winds are blowing. We're on our way to another 20 inches on top of the two feet or so of crusty five day old snow that we already have. Federal government offices...

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