After the thrill of promotion to an executive position comes the sobering reality of just how difficult it is to succeed at this level – and how hard it can be to find help. Some 40 percent of new executives don't last 18 months. Why do so many employees with strong track records derail when promoted to the executive suite? In The Next Level, Scott Eblin draws on 20 years of experience as a leader and executive coach to identify why new executives fail, and offers a practical program for achieving success. Rising executives must understand that the strengths and actions that drove their career progress at lower levels – such as technical prowess – will not necessarily sustain their success as executives. They need to adopt new behaviors and beliefs, and, more important, let go of old ones. Eblin identifies nine sets of opposing behaviors that can make or break new executives and describes how to handle them. To illustrate his points, he interviews 30 accomplished senior executives who offer candid, mentoring stories about breaking into the executive ranks and what worked and didn't work for them. Beyond this tactical advice, Eblin provides a framework for transformational behavior and thinking – for creating executive presence, the confidence that is critical for success. The book concludes with a process for readers who want to identify their highest-priority development opportunities and work to improve their executive-level potential. The Next Level is essential for corporate leaders who have just been promoted to or are on track for the executive level, as well as for leadership development specialists and coaches.
Contents Preface Acknowledgments About the Author 1 Advancing Through Uncharted Terrain Part 1: The Foundations of Personal Presence 2 Pick Up Confidence in Your Presence 3 Pick Up Regular Renewal of Your Energy and Perspective 4 Pick Up Custom-Fit Communications Part 2: The Foundations of Team Presence 5 Pick Up Team Relliance 6 Pick Up Defining What to Do 7 Pick Up Accountability for Many Results Part 3: The Foundations of Organizational Presence 8 Pick Up Looking Left and Right as You Lead 9 Pick Up an Outside-In View of the Entire Organization 10 Pick Up a Big-Footprint View of Your Role Afterword: Living at the Next Level Appendix A: Create Your Executive Success Plan (ESP) Appendix B: Situation Solutions Guide Index
Scott Eblin a former Fortune 500 HR executive, is a professional certified coach. As president of The Eblin Group, he helps clients from AOL, Capital One, Northrop Grumman, Sallie Mae, and The World Bank successfully navigate the changing landscape of leadership. He is a graduate of Davidson College, Harvard University, and Georgetown University®s leadership coaching certificate program, where he is also on the faculty. Eblin is a member of the International Coach Federation and the Alliance for Strategic Leadership. Visit www.eblingroup.com for information on The Eblin Group's executive coaching and team development services and resources.