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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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Five Ways to Create Space to Think

October 12, 2017 A lot of thinking is really just reacting. On any given day, there’s so much coming at us that we just react or reflexively respond to the input. That’s not all bad. A lot of stuff gets done that way. But whose stuff is getting done – yours or someone...

How to Determine if the Balls You’re Juggling are Rubber or Glass

October 6, 2017 In my work as a coach and speaker to corporate leaders, I hear a lot of stories about how many balls people are trying to juggle at once. There are at least three big factors driving these stories. First, most leaders in most organizations are expected to continuously do more...

Why Leaders Should Focus on Outcomes Instead of Solutions

October 3, 2017 Yesterday morning, before delivering a workshop on how to lead and live at your best, I had the privilege of watching a roomful of high-potential managers share what they’ve learned so far during their company’s multi-month leadership development program. There were a lot of good observations but the one that...

Micromanagement is Really a Trust Issue

September 19, 2017 I often hear from relatively senior managers that their bosses constantly expect them to have detailed answers for any question that might pop into their minds. As a result, they feel like they’re always preparing for a pop quiz and, consequently, don’t have much time or mental bandwidth left for...

What Great Leadership Looks Like

September 5, 2017 In 2017, it can be difficult to find examples of great leadership. Today, though, I want to offer two of them. The first is of neighbors, volunteers, first responders, law enforcement, the National Guard and the U.S. Coast Guard pulling together to rescue each other in the greater Houston area....

There’s One in Every Group (And How to Make Sure It’s You)

August 31, 2017 One of the many fun things about my work is the patterns I get to observe from working with lots of leaders in lots of different organizations. The best part of that is when I see helpful things in the patterns that I can share with my readers. That’s what...

We Should All Live By Boy Scout Values—All of Them

July 26, 2017 On Monday night, President Trump gave a political speech and also told some stories about New York cocktail parties he’s attended to around 40,000 11 to 18-year-old Boy Scouts at their National Jamboree in West Virginia. You can read the details in this article from the Washington Post. I made...

Three Tips From Executives Around the World

June 30, 2017 Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to speak over the course of several programs in the U.K. with a couple of hundred executives from around the world. During those sessions I was struck by the commonalities of what helps high capacity people lead and live at their best. In...

How to Create Time in a Packed Schedule

June 7, 2017 When we were kids, summer was something that stretched out ahead of us with the promise of fun and play. When we join the working world, we still greet the longer days and warmer weather of the season with gusto, but, paradoxically, it can be the busiest and most hectic...

Why You Should Pay Attention to Trump’s Leadership Style

April 4, 2017 Last week I delivered an interactive keynote presentation on “Preparing Yourself to Negotiate” to about 200 global managers and executives. One of the fun things about the session was the cool software we had that allowed the audience to use their phones to contribute to word clouds on my slide...