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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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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 ...

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 ...