Leadership Lessons Ripped from the Headlines

Through his work as an executive coach, leadership strategist, speaker and author, Scott Eblin has become known as a thought leader in identifying the behaviors that executives need to pick up and let go as they transition into new and larger roles. President of the leadership development and strategy firm The Eblin Group Inc., Scott is a former Fortune 500 executive, with a coaching client list that runs the gamut from Astra Zeneca to the U.S. Navy. He is the author of The Next Level: What Insiders Know About Executive Success which Business Book Review calls a “fascinating read” that “is full of potentially career-saving advice.”

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How to Do Less with Less

by on November 7, 2011 10:09am
in The Next Level

As I’ve spoken with groups of leaders over the last year, I’ve often begun the conversation by asking how many of them would say that the results that are expected of them today are significantly different than those that were expected a year ago.  Usually, every hand in the room goes up.  Then I’ll ask [...]
One of the greatest leadership feel good stories in recent memory ended just over a year ago when 33 Chilean copper miners were rescued from their mine 70 days after they were trapped inside.  Their survival and rescue were triumphs of leadership, courage and ingenuity.  While they were still underground, I wrote a post called [...]
This is one of those “learn by doing the opposite” kinds of posts.  It’s inspired by a few New York Times stories earlier this week on a new book that the surviving son of Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff has released.  I don’t intend to read the book but I noted with interest that the son [...]
Over the past week, I’ve been reading Walter Issacson’s new book on Steve Jobs. It’s extremely well written and a compelling read. Even if you’re not reading the book, you’ve likely read some of the highlights in the news. One of the stories that’s been retold a lot already is what Steve Jobs learned from [...]
My leadership blogging friend Art Petty has a new book out called Leadership Caffeine. It’s a series of essays organized by common challenges and opportunities leaders face. The caffeine metaphor comes into play because, as Art writes, the book is made up of “ideas to energize your professional development. Art is an executive coach and [...]
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings must be feeling a little bit like a team that ended up on the cover of Sports Illustrated and then started losing games. Last year, Hastings was on the cover of Fortune as its Business Person of the Year. This year, he’s getting slammed for what he acknowledges are a series [...]
Several months ago, I was in a coaching conversation with a “go to person” leader about the results of her 360 degree feedback from colleagues. Her highest rated behaviors were a strong mix of items that focus on getting results and items that focus on building relationships. In my experience, leaders who have high scores [...]
One of the jokes I sometimes make when I’m leading a workshop or giving a presentation is that being a coach is one of the greatest gigs in the world because you don’t have to know anything. All you have to do is ask questions and let the other person talk. Like most jokes there’s [...]
The most talked about moment from week six of the NFL season was the near-miss post-game smackdown between San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz. As you can see in this NFL.com video, when the 49ers eked out a win over the previously undefeated Lions, Harbaugh literally started jumping for [...]
One of the many intelligent things that Socrates said is “An unexamined life is not worth living.” In an era when many professionals are running flat out until they crash, taking time for self examination usually ends up falling into the category of important but not urgent. The downside of that, of course, is that [...]
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