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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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Dealing With End of the Year Stress

December 3, 2013 In doing the research for a new book I’m writing, I’ve been reading a lot of old and new favorites on the topic of mindfulness. One of those is the recently released second edition of a classic in the field, Full Catastrophe Living (Bantam, 2013) by Jon Kabat-Zinn. In 1979, ...

How to Give Thanks (and Mean It)

November 26, 2013 As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches in the United States, I want to spend a few moments discussing how to give thanks. I’m not talking about how you get ready to eat more than you usually do, spend time with relatives you don’t see that often or veg out in front ...

3 Things Leaders Can Still Learn from JFK

November 20, 2013 The coverage this week of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy is a stark reminder of the impact his life and death had on the United States and the world. With the perspective of fifty years, it’s easy to argue for or against Kennedy’s strengths and ...

Why The End of “Stow Your Devices” Makes Me Sad

November 18, 2013 On two cross country flights last week, I unexpectedly marked the end of one era and the beginning of another. I had read, with great joy, that the Federal Aviation Administration intended later this year to abolish the requirement that passengers turn off and stow their electronic devices between the ...

3 Ways to Give a Presentation That Doesn't Stink

November 15, 2013 Not to get all Dickensian on you but it was the best of times, it was the worst of times. That was the case at a conference I attended recently. To accommodate the schedules of two high powered CEOs who agreed to speak during the lunch session, the meeting organizers ...

How to Cure Your Toxic Team

November 8, 2013 If you’ve been in organizational life for any amount of time, you’ve probably been a member of a toxic team. Not to be a downer, but if you haven’t been you likely will be in the future. The good news is there’s something you can do about it no matter ...

3 Signs You Should Make Leadership Team Changes Sooner Rather Than Later

November 6, 2013 A few years ago I wrote a post called Three Reasons You Should Fire the Prima Donna. That one was about why leaders should be decisive in exiting high performing but totally disruptive members of their team. Consider this post the next level up companion to the Prima Donna post. ...

What Journaling Can Teach You

November 4, 2013 Last week I wrote in the first few pages of a new journal. I haven’t counted all of the old, filled-up, dog-eared journals I have. I’d guess there are around 10 of them. I started journaling in the mornings for a few minutes around 15 years ago. If you’ve doing ...

3 Ways Leaders Build (or Break) Trust

October 31, 2013 It’s a bad sign when a leader gets to the point where both friends and foes are asking, “What did he know and when did he know it?” That’s where President Obama is this week with lots of questions being raised about what and when he knew about big problems ...

How to Not Get Fired

October 25, 2013 When the news came out last week that JP Morgan Chase had agreed to pay $13 billion in fines to settle a case with the U.S. government over the sale of “troubled mortgage securities” I asked myself, “How does their CEO, Jamie Dimon, keep his job? After all, it was ...