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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Remembering What’s at Stake

November 16, 2015 Like a lot of people reading this post, I’ve spent a good part of the past weekend trying to process what happened in Paris on Friday night (and Beirut a few days before and the apparent bombing of a Russian airliner over the Sinai a few weeks before that). I...

3 Ways for Non-Beginners to Keep a Beginner's Mind

November 3, 2015 Lately, I’ve been thinking about what it means to have a beginner’s mind and why, especially if you’re a non-beginner, it’s so important to have one. The thought process started for me a few weeks ago when I was in a yoga class. If you’ve read my blog for awhile...

What You Can’t Learn From Failure

October 28, 2015 Is there a mindful approach to failure? You may reject the question on its face. After all, if you were mindful in the first place, wouldn’t you succeed rather than fail? You might if you had perfect knowledge or controlled all the variables, but, of course, none of us do....

What Makes It So Hard to Let Go and Move On?

October 20, 2015 What is that you’re holding on to that keeps you from moving on to something new? What makes it so hard to let go and gracefully transition into the next chapter of your leadership journey or, for that matter, your life? That’s what I talked about last week in a...

What Any of Us Can Learn From Pope Francis

September 28, 2015 Like a lot of Americans, I spent a lot of last week transfixed by the coverage of Pope Francis’ trip to the United States. I’m not Catholic, but found myself moved by his words and images several times. The pictures were what really got me. The look of joy of...

How to Live a Life That's 'Beyond Happy'

August 24, 2015 Being happy is a fundamental life goal for most people. But is it possible that by setting the bar at “being happy,” that we’re aiming too low? In her new book, Beyond Happy: Women, Work, and Well-Being, Beth Cabrera makes a compelling case for striving for more. Better yet, she...

The Case for Competitive Civility

August 17, 2015 The executive that signed professional golfer Jordan Spieth to a long-term endorsement deal with Under Armour should get a raise. In the year, since he signed on, the 21-year-old Texan has won two major golf championships, missed winning the other two by a total of four strokes and, with his...

What’s the ROI on Your Leadership Capital?

August 5, 2015 The science of economics is often described as being about the division and allocation of scarce resources. Any leader has been through a corporate budgeting or capital allocation process has experienced this firsthand. A lot of time and attention gets spent on the division and allocation of financial resources. Decisions...

The Surprising Benefits of Being More Fully Present at Work

August 3, 2015 Whenever we run a 360 or self-assessment based on The Next Level model of leadership presence, one of the lowest rated behaviors is usually “Gives others his/her full presence and attention during meetings and conversations.” If you take a little time to observe your own behavior and that of others...

Why You Shouldn't Have 'Limited Access to Email' While On Vacation

July 27, 2015 One of the big reasons you need a vacation this summer is to take a break from the chronic state of fight or flight that an overworked and overwhelmed lifestyle generates. By doing some quick math based on email statistics collected by the Radicati Group, I’m ball parking that the...

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