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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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Unsolicited Leadership Advice for D.C. Schools Chief

June 16, 2009 Sunday's Washington Post ran a front page feature article reviewing the first two years of Michelle Rhee's tenure as the chancellor of Washington, D.C.'s public school system. Thanks in part to extensive national coverage like the Time magazine cover to the right, Rhee has become the face of education reform...

Inside-Outside Leadership Perspectives

June 10, 2009 Years ago, when I was a corporate executive myself, I read and re-read Kevin Cashman's Leadership from the Inside Out. (A second edition has recently been released which I encourage you to buy.) With its emphasis on the leader as a whole person, Kevin's book really helped me get up...

Wit and/or Wisdom from the Leadership Carnival

June 8, 2009 My friend, Dan McCarthy of the Great Leadership Blog (Dan just gives, gives, gives and never takes), is hosting his monthly Leadership Carnival with the wit and/or wisdom of more than 30 leadership bloggers including yours truly. There are a lot of great posts there. A couple in particular that...

5 + 5 = 10 Mistakes to Avoid

June 5, 2009 Based on a study of 11,000 360 degree surveys reported in the Harvard Business Review, leadership feedback gurus Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman have identified ten behaviors found in the bottom 10% of leaders. The top five mistakes they make are: Lack energy and enthusiasm Accept their own mediocre performance...

Build Your Network with Questions

June 4, 2009 Earlier this week I was coaching a group of high potential leaders moving up to the executive level. Our topic was "organizational presence," which was on point since many of these folks are working on expanding their networks beyond their immediate areas of responsibility. When I lead a group coaching...

What Do Sonia Sotomayor, John Roberts and Mr. Spock Have in Common?

June 2, 2009 The nomination of Sonia Sotomayor has sparked an interesting public discussion on the place of empathy in the justice system. As usual, there are people lining up on the left and the right to argue for or against empathy playing a role in forming the opinions of a judge. When...

What Matters to You?

May 29, 2009 If you skew a little bit "old school," you probably remember a series of TV ads for Dunkin' Donuts that featured a shop manager who wearily woke up at 3:00 am every day with the mordant refrain, "Time to make the donuts." If you're too young to know what I'm...

Diverse Conversations

May 26, 2009 Have you noticed how many books are out there on how to have conversations? There are books on powerful, difficult, crucial and fierce conversations. Who knew there were so many flavors? Recently, my coaching colleague, Dr. Janice Shack Marquez of the Federal Reserve Board, shared on the Georgetown Leadership Coaching...

What Followers Want From Their Leaders

May 22, 2009 As an executive coach and someone who spends a lot of my time trying to figure out how leaders can be more effective, you can imagine how excited I was to learn that there is all kinds of new data out on employee satisfaction in the federal government. The Partnership...

In Praise of Grown-Ups

May 21, 2009 The level of public discourse and obvious self interest on the part of people in leadership positions can be pretty discouraging. Oftentimes, it seems like the first instinct of leaders under pressure is to call names, deny responsibility and look out only for their self interest. It literally seems childish....