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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Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word

January 6, 2010 Question: What do former Time Warner CEO, Jerry Levin, former Citigroup CEO Sandy Weill and (soon to be former?) Washington Wizard, Gilbert Arenas have in common? Answer: They each have their issues with saying, "I'm sorry." Of course, that trait is not unique to them. Elton John recognized it as...

Invictus: A Leadership Case Study for Years to Come

January 4, 2010 So one of the wonderful things (for me at least) about the end of year holidays is the opportunity to see a lot of first run movies. This year I saw Avatar (terrific 3D cinematography, weak script), Up in the Air (brilliant rendition of soulless business travel) and Invictus which...

The Diplomatic Approach to Senior Leadership

December 22, 2009 One of the memorable conversations I had when conducting the research for my book, The Next Level, was with Bob Johnson who at the time was a senior vice president for Nextel. Among other good points that he made, Bob said that senior leaders need to think of themselves as...

How to Work with Someone Like Joe Lieberman

December 16, 2009 At this point, Joe Lieberman is starting to remind me of Lucy in the Peanuts comic strip. Remember the long running bit about how she'd promise to hold the football for Charlie Brown so he could kick it and then she'd snatch it away at the last minute leaving him...

The Teacher as Leader: Paul Samuelson and Phil Jackson

December 14, 2009 Some of you, having read the title of this post, are likely asking yourself, "What could possibly be the connection between a Nobel Prize winning economist and a 10 time NBA championship coach?" Fair question. I'd just ask that you bear with me for a few paragraphs because I think...

Obama, Immelt and American Leadership

December 11, 2009 This was a big week for notable speeches. Of course, there was President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech in Oslo on Thursday. There was also a speech delivered by GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt for West Point's Distinguished Leader Series on Wednesday. Both speeches were interesting to me...

A Life Well Lived

December 10, 2009 Tuesday night in Washington, DC, a memorial service was held for Abe Pollin in the Verizon Center, the arena that transformed a neighborhood and that he built with his own money a little more than 10 years ago. Washingtonians knew Pollin as an NBA and NHL owner, a real estate...

Retiring Tiger Woods from the Repertoire

December 8, 2009 Anyone who's been to one of my presentations or group coaching programs over the past three years knows that I've been a big fan of Tiger Woods (readers of this blog know the same thing through posts like Think Like Tiger, Who's Your Caddy? and Tiger's No Good, Horrible Very...

Something Positive You Can Do

December 7, 2009 As I write this, I'm thinking back on the serious and crazy events of the last week or so. The first few that come to mind are President Obama's speech on the troop increase in Afghanistan, the White House jobs summit, the White House party crashers and the whole Tiger...

Wanted: New CEO for GM

December 3, 2009 Regular readers of this blog know that I have some degree of fascination with the auto industry. It might track back to my boyhood love of Hot Wheels, but I think it's mainly that the current state of affairs offers so many opportunities to observe leaders operating in really challenging...

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