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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 Signs You Need Outside Help

June 27, 2013 When I wrote a post last week called 3 Reason You Should Not Hire a Coach I promised to revisit the topic this week with the reasons you should hire a coach. Upon further reflection, I thought it would be more useful to share three signs that you’re ready for ...

Focus on What You Can Do Now

June 24, 2013 One of the biggest barriers to being present is worrying about what might happen in the future rather than what you can do right now. Two of my favorite quotes speak to this challenge. The Renaissance writer, Montaigne, wrote, “My life has been full of misfortunes most of which never ...

3 Reasons You Should Not Hire a Coach

June 20, 2013 As an executive coach, I’ll be the first to acknowledge that the title of this post may not be the world’s best business development strategy. But, after more than 12 years as a coach, I think I’ve learned when it makes sense to hire a coach and when it doesn’t. ...

Leave the Drama Outside

June 17, 2013 Melissa, the young woman who cuts my hair, is wise beyond her years. She’s 26 years old and got into town 7 or 8 months ago. Within a week of getting here, she had three job offers from different salons and was promoted to assistant manager in the one she ...

Should Leaders Ever Lie?

June 13, 2013 News stories don’t get much bigger than this week’s revelation that government contractor Edward Snowden revealed classified information to The Guardian and the Washington Post that the National Security Agency has a program that collects and analyzes the phone records of millions of Americans. This post isn’t a commentary on ...

3 Reasons to Consider Dialing It Back a Bit

June 10, 2013 A lot of leaders end up in the roles they’re in because their Type A people who don’t settle. They have high expectations of themselves and others and give everything 100 percent. That’s a good thing until it’s no longer a good thing. In the interest of mindful leadership, I ...

3 Lessons From Obama on Building Relationships With Other Leaders

June 6, 2013 This weekend, President Obama will host the new president of China, Xi Jinping, for two days at a resort called Sunnyvale in Rancho Mirage, California. As reported in the New York Times and other outlets, the two leaders will spend a lot of time in relaxed and unscripted conversations with ...

3 Questions to Manage Your Own Performance

June 3, 2013 I often tell leaders it's important to check yourself out. You may be asking, “What on earth does checking yourself out have to do with effective leadership?” Fair question. If, by checking yourself out, we’re talking about sneaking in an admiring glance as you walk by a mirror or a ...

What Songs Keep You Motivated at Work?

May 20, 2013 Music can have a powerful impact on mindfulness. Certain songs or genres can be totally distracting or annoying while others set you up to remember why you do what you do as a leader. Likewise, there are distracting and annoying things about smartphones and there are also very useful things ...

7 Tips for Taming Your Calendar

May 17, 2013 A couple of years ago, I wrote a post called Five Ways to Get Your Calendar Under Control. Since then, I’ve used it as the starting point for a conversation among high potential leaders in our Next Level Leadership® group coaching program. The framing questions for the group about the ...