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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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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 ...

What Matters to You?

May 29, 2009 If you skew a little bit "old school," you probably remember a series of TV ads for Dunkin' Donuts that featured a shop manager who wearily woke up at 3:00 am every day with the mordant refrain, "Time to make the donuts." If you're too young to know what I'm ...

Diverse Conversations

May 26, 2009 Have you noticed how many books are out there on how to have conversations? There are books on powerful, difficult, crucial and fierce conversations. Who knew there were so many flavors? Recently, my coaching colleague, Dr. Janice Shack Marquez of the Federal Reserve Board, shared on the Georgetown Leadership Coaching ...

What Followers Want From Their Leaders

May 22, 2009 As an executive coach and someone who spends a lot of my time trying to figure out how leaders can be more effective, you can imagine how excited I was to learn that there is all kinds of new data out on employee satisfaction in the federal government. The Partnership ...

In Praise of Grown-Ups

May 21, 2009 The level of public discourse and obvious self interest on the part of people in leadership positions can be pretty discouraging. Oftentimes, it seems like the first instinct of leaders under pressure is to call names, deny responsibility and look out only for their self interest. It literally seems childish. ...

What Leaders Can Learn from Springsteen

May 18, 2009 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are coming to DC tonight. Unfortunately, I don't have tickets but I do have an iPod full of the Boss's music and great memories of a Springsteen show I saw a few years ago. What is it about Springsteen and the band that ...

Marshmallows

May 18, 2009 Thought I'd start out the week by sharing with you three articles that I'm looking forward to digging into. The first two come from the current issue of The New Yorker. One recaps the famous study on kids who are promised two marshmallows if they can keep themselves from eating ...

Two Captains Talking Over Dinner

May 14, 2009 Readers in the Washington, D.C. area are probably familiar with the annual White House Correspondents Dinner. The latest edition took place last weekend. Often described as DC's version of the senior prom, the dinner is an opportunity for journalists and politicians to dress up, make jokes at each other's expense ...

Success Rules of Underdogs

May 7, 2009 In his latest New Yorker article, "How David Beats Goliath," Malcolm Gladwell tells stories of how outmatched underdogs beat their much larger, more experienced competitors. He begins with the story of an inexperienced 12 year old girls basketball team that went all the way to the national championship game by ...