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The Next Level: What Insiders Know About Executive Success - 2nd Edition
Scott Eblin

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Format: Hardcover, 240pp.
ISBN: 9781857885552
Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing
Pub. Date: 2nd edition - October 19, 2010

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Forty percent of new executives don’t last 18 months. A new book from a top executive coach shares insider advice and shows how to increase the odds of success.

A failed senior-level hire can cost a company up to $2.7 million.

So why are organizations allowing nearly half of all new executives to fail?

Perhaps they don’t realize that most new executives are set up to sink or swim—and that what it takes to succeed can be taught. This is the conviction of Scott Eblin, a DC-based executive coach.

Eblin sat down for one-on-one interviews with some thirty executives from many of America’s leading organizations, including Avon, Capital One, Clear Channel, Northrop Grumman, and Sprint. In his new book, he shares these insiders’ personal stories, including how they stumbled—then succeeded—in their transition to the next level of leadership.

A former Fortune 500 executive, Eblin lived and learned through his own lessons,too. His bottom-line message to new leaders: What got you there won’t keep you there. You must learn new beliefs and behaviors and, more importantly, let go of old ones—even though they’ve driven your success up until now.

The basic tenet of Eblin’s been-there, done-that advice for achieving “executive presence”: Convey confidence, no matter how you feel inside. Insecure executives, he says, make lousy leaders.

Eblin offers dozens more insights, ideas, and tips in The Next Level, including:
  • Pace yourself. Burnout is common at the top. Develop a routine of recovery and renewal—or else.
  • Broaden your vision. No more doing—or micromanaging. Create the agenda and let your team get the job done.
  • Customize your communications. Know the key points for each of your stakeholders. They want their own “need to know” details—not someone else’s.
  • Look left and right—not just up and down. Partner with your peers. They can give you honest feedback, help you determine high-leverage opportunities, and check your overall progress.
  • Mind your messages. Your low-profile days are over. Think about everything you say and do.


"Identifies the behaviors and beliefs top-performing executives need to pick up and let go of as they reach the highest levels of their orgnaization. A fascinating book not to be missed."
—Ken Blanchard, coauthor, "The One Minute Manager(R)" and "The Secret"

"A terrific guide for both new executives and more seasoned professionals who want a 'refresher.' An excellent mixture of practical and actionable tips and ideas that help an executive focus on building key success skills on the job."
—Michael Stafford, Senior Vice President, Organization & Partner Development, Starbucks Coffee Company

"Offers practical and insightful tips and tools from the mind and experience of a coach who has been there and done that."
—Dave Ulrich, Professor, Ross School of Management, University of Michigan; coauthor, "The HR Value Proposition" and "Why the Bottom Line Isn't"

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About the Author

Scott Eblin, a former Fortune 500 HR executive with more than twenty years of experience, is an executive coach, speaker, and author. As president of The Eblin Group, he helps clients successfully navigate the changing landscape of leadership. His clients include executives in private and public sector organizations such as AOL, Capital One, Northrop Grumman, Sallie Mae, and The World Bank. He is a graduate of Davidson College, Harvard University, and Georgetown University's leadership coaching certificate program, where he is also on the faculty.

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