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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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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 ...

Why Do Women Work Better Together Than Men?

October 23, 2013 One of the few encouraging things that came out of the Federal government shutdown fiasco that ended last week was that the women of the US Senate were instrumental in working together to solve it. As reported in the New York Times and elsewhere, the women of the Senate from ...

5 Things I’ve Learned About Life and Leadership from Three Years of Yoga

October 21, 2013 It was three years ago last week that I started practicing yoga. I got into it because I was looking for a way to stay in shape when my knees and other health challenges more or less brought an end to my thirty five year career as a runner. I ...

The 3 Variables of Leadership

October 16, 2013 There are a lot of theories on what it takes to be an effective leader. Here’s an interesting one that I heard recently from an experienced senior executive who was a guest speaker in one of our Next Level Leadership® group coaching programs for high potential leaders. This executive’s perspective ...

What’s Your Saber-tooth Tiger?

October 15, 2013 Let’s play caveman or cavewoman. You’re walking along, minding your own business, when all of the sudden you spy a saber-tooth tiger lurking around the next big rock. At that moment, the part of your brain called the amygdala activates your fight or flight response. Adrenalin and other neurochemicals and ...

What to Do When the S**t Hits the Fan

October 9, 2013 Two acknowledgments to begin this post. First, this is a family friendly blog so when I say “the s**t hits the fan,” you know what I mean. Second, everyone has times when the s**t hits the fan. If you’re a leader, s**t hitting the fan could look like a breakdown ...

The Break You Carry With You

October 7, 2013 If you’re like most of the leaders I work with, your calendar is racked and stacked, your inbox is full and your smartphone is always buzzing. It’s pretty hard to show up mindfully when all of that is going on. You need to take a break, but how do you ...

The Government Shutdown and the Verbal Tells That Give Leaders Away

October 3, 2013 Well, here we are again. This week’s federal government shutdown is the latest in a series of sad and maddening examples of a leadership class that’s disconnected from the people it’s supposed to lead and serve. There are plenty of commentators from across the spectrum who are offering their opinions ...

Disappointment Sucks. So, Now What?

September 30, 2013 Yesterday I found what is already one of my all time favorite New Yorker cartoons. I pulled the current issue out of the mailbox, started flipping through it and saw the classic guy on a therapist’s couch. The caption was “I did seize the day. But then it seized me ...