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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 Things Thoughtful Leaders Do

August 12, 2013 How are you feeling as the week begins? Is it a peaceful, easy feeling or something a bit more frantic than that? If there is one common denominator I see in the leaders I work with across a range of industries it’s that most of them would check in on ...

Your Life is Now

August 5, 2013 The title of this post is the title of one of my favorite songs, Your Life is Now, by John Mellencamp. It has been on my mind since the very unexpected passing last week of an old high school friend, the Reverend Greg Hamby. As is often the case with ...

Where Leadership Goes to Die

August 1, 2013 While travelling this week, I’ve been reading This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral-Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking!-in America’s Gilded Capital by New York Times reporter Mark Leibovich. It’s a simultaneously entertaining and depressing account of the power elite in Washington, DC. The primary point of the book, which Leibovich ...

5 Questions You Should Be Asking Yourself On a Regular Basis

July 29, 2013 How many decisions do you think you make in a day? The research I’ve seen says its anywhere from 600 or so to 10,000 on average. When I think about all of the relatively inconsequential decisions I make every day (e.g. what shirt to wear, what I’m going to have ...

Let Them Think Out Loud

July 25, 2013 A few days ago, I got a call from a coaching colleague who was looking for some advice. He’s been working with the top executives of a company and has developed strong relationships with each of them. The challenge is that those executives are sorting through some disagreements with each ...

What Will Be Your Responsible “No” This Week?

July 22, 2013 My wife has this great line that she sometimes uses when she’s asked to help with something that’s not as high a priority as other things on her calendar. She listens to the pitch and then politely says, “What you’re doing sounds great and really important. I’d like to be ...

Leadership Lessons from the San Francisco Plane Crash

July 18, 2013 My friend and Georgetown leadership coaching colleague, Bob Wohlsen, sent a thought provoking email to his friends and clients last week on the recent crash of an Asiana 777 jet liner at San Francisco International Airport. In it, Bob raises a lot of important questions for leaders and their colleagues ...

5 Ways to be More Human This Summer

July 15, 2013 I don’t remember where I first heard it, but one of the best questions I was ever asked was are you a human being or a human doing? A big portion of my life has been spent as a human doing. Lately, though, I’ve spent more time and attention on ...

Mindful Mondays: Be More Gentle with Your Self Talk

July 8, 2013 Do you say things to yourself that you would never say to someone you care about? Most of us do from time to time. Some of us more than others. We chastise ourselves when we don’t live up to our own expectations. We berate ourselves when we make a mistake. ...

Your 4th of July Plan: Unplug

July 1, 2013 This will be my only blog post this week because, like a lot of people in the US, I’m taking advantage of the 4th of July holiday this Thursday and, after today, am going offline, literally and figuratively, until next week. Interested in joining me? If so, you might want ...