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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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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 ...

Build Your Network with Questions

June 4, 2009 Earlier this week I was coaching a group of high potential leaders moving up to the executive level. Our topic was "organizational presence," which was on point since many of these folks are working on expanding their networks beyond their immediate areas of responsibility. When I lead a group coaching ...

What Do Sonia Sotomayor, John Roberts and Mr. Spock Have in Common?

June 2, 2009 The nomination of Sonia Sotomayor has sparked an interesting public discussion on the place of empathy in the justice system. As usual, there are people lining up on the left and the right to argue for or against empathy playing a role in forming the opinions of a judge. When ...