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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 Not to Be a Weenie Leader

January 24, 2014 Earlier today, someone I care about a lot was the victim of weenie-like behavior from someone in a leadership role who should have known better. Unfortunately, weenies are all around us. You can recognize them by their unique combination of spineless and thoughtless behavior. That and their lack of nutritional ...

What Jennifer Lawrence and Colin Kapernick Can Teach Us About Setting Goals

January 15, 2014 In her Golden Globes acceptance speech last weekend, Jennifer Lawrence talked about how, as a teenager in Kentucky, she loved a movie called I Heart Huckabees. She wanted to know more about the movie so she Googled it and found out its director was David O. Russell and that he ...

Get Enough Sleep. Your Brain Will Thank You.

January 13, 2014 If you’ve ever felt a burning sensation in your muscles during a vigorous workout or physical labor, you know what lactic acid feel like. Lactic acid is how the body tells you it’s time to take a break before you cause some damage. The smart move at that point is ...

Chris Christie: 'I Am Not a Bully.' Not His Call to Make

January 10, 2014 As I write this, Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, has just finished a press conference to explain why he’s not at fault for last year’s George Washington Bridge toll lane closures that created nightmare commutes and endangered public safety for the citizens of Fort Lee, NJ. As you ...

The Power of Your Choices in 2014

January 6, 2014 Happy New Year everyone! After taking a couple of weeks to relax, reflect and renew, I’m looking forward to the new year. I’m thinking a lot about the power our choices have to shape the course of the next 12 months. I started considering the power of choice a couple ...

Why You Should Lead Like a Monk

December 20, 2013 When you think about leadership role models it’s likely that your first thought isn’t a monk. Maybe it should be though. In his new book, Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks, August Turak explains why. Turak is not a professional writer (although he writes like one). Among a number of ...

3 Tips for Pain Free Performance Reviews

December 18, 2013 This is the time of year that instills fear and loathing in the hearts of managers everywhere. The good news is that you may be planning on taking some extended time off during the holiday season. The bad news is you may also be planning to spend some of those ...

What Machiavelli Could Have Learned From Mandela

December 12, 2013 Along with his many accomplishments in life, Nelson Mandela logged at least one more in his death. It’s hard to imagine that any other leader could generate the level of praise that Mandela has in the past week from such a wide spectrum of other leaders on the world stage. ...

Putting It All in Perspective

December 9, 2013 My parents have been in town this past weekend to celebrate a milestone birthday for my wife. While some of our crew went shopping on Friday, my dad and I spent the afternoon at LA’s Griffith Observatory. You can’t beat it for breathtaking views of earth and sky. It was ...

When Leadership Skills Trump Technical Skills

December 5, 2013 At some point in your career, your leadership skills need to trump your technical skills if you’re going to make the biggest possible impact. Most professionals start their careers as subject matter experts in something. Often, the best subject matter experts get promoted into roles where they’re responsible for leading ...