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edbatista
San Francisco, CA
Executive Coach & Instructor @ Stanford Graduate School of Business
Interests: Executive coaching, leadership, change management
Recent Activity
This Quarter I'm teaching Interpersonal Dynamics (aka Touchy Feely) at Stanford, and it never fails to surprise me how much I learn when I'm ostensibly the teacher. Today's class was on social identity, and a core component of the curriculum... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Ed Batista
I was a voracious reader as a kid. I knew how to read before I ever went to school, thanks to my parents and the first few seasons of Sesame Street, and the habit stuck with me for decades. And... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2016 at Ed Batista
The man pictured above is Bob Timberg, whose face was extensively burned when a vehicle in which he was riding hit a land mine. This occurred in February 1967, when Timberg was a 26-year old U.S. Marine Corps officer just... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2015 at Ed Batista
Most of my clients and students are facing a scary challenge of one sort or another: A high-profile leadership role. Major commitments to investors and employees. A huge professional opportunity that will inevitably take a toll on other aspects of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2015 at Ed Batista
When we're working with others in a differentiated authority role--leaders with employees, teachers with students, even--to an extent--coaches with clients--we tend to provide too much information. Leaders can provide so much structure and background and context that it makes it... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2015 at Ed Batista
One of the most useful and flexible models of human interaction that I've encountered is Richard Francisco's Five Levels of Communication (which comprises Chapter 2.6 of the Reading Book for Human Relations Training, 8th edition.) Francisco, a Lecturer at the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2015 at Ed Batista
VC Jeremy Liew shared a link to a concise, thought-provoking Adam Galinsky column, When You're in Charge, Your Whisper May Feel Like a Shout, on what the Columbia Business School professor calls the "power amplification effect." In interactions between parties... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2015 at Ed Batista
I just ran an image search for "meditation" and got the results above: Twelve of the first 13 shots show people seated in a soothing, peaceful environment, backed by the ocean, or the setting sun, or the ocean and the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2015 at Ed Batista
My colleagues who run @StanfordBiz are promoting my Twitter feed today as a part of a campaign to spread the word about people at the school who are active on social media. (Thanks, Karen and Natalie!) Assuming this effort converts... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2015 at Ed Batista
In Startups as Human Systems I described early stage ventures as "deceptively complex organizations" and went on to note that "the small number of employees and, often, the shared background of the founding team can give the impression that the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 at Ed Batista
John Williams' historical novel Augustus tells the life story of the founder of the Roman Empire through a series of invented documents--letters, journal entries, official records--most of which are written about or to the man himself. The book concludes by... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2015 at Ed Batista
Executive Coach & Instructor @EdBatista (MBA ’00) shares advice for the Class of 2015 #GSB15 pic.twitter.com/JGye1eHPn6 — Stanford Business (@StanfordBiz) June 7, 2015 My colleagues who run the @StanfordBiz feed asked me to contribute a few words of advice for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2015 at Ed Batista
Here's a condensed set of slides from the ninth and final session on Endings in The Art of Self-Coaching, a new course I taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business this Spring, and the readings for this session are... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2015 at Ed Batista
Here's a condensed set of slides from the eight session on Success in The Art of Self-Coaching, a new course I'm teaching at the Stanford Graduate School of Business this Spring, and the readings for this session are shown below.... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2015 at Ed Batista
Here's a condensed set of slides from the seventh session on Unhappiness in The Art of Self-Coaching, a new course I'm teaching at the Stanford Graduate School of Business this Spring, and the readings for this session are shown below.... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at Ed Batista
A colleague recently asked me about my process for managing the information I present to students in my classes, and here's my response: I'm increasingly attuned to the importance of my role as a curator for my students. It's unhelpful... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at Ed Batista
Realizing the Futility of Life, by Bai Juyi [Written on the walls of a priest's cell, ca. 828] Ever since the time when I was a lusty boy Down till now when I am ill and old The things I... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2015 at Ed Batista
Here's a condensed set of slides from the sixth session on Vulnerability in The Art of Self-Coaching, a new course I'm teaching at the Stanford Graduate School of Business this Spring, and the readings for this session are shown below.... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2015 at Ed Batista
In 2005 author David Foster Wallace delivered the commencement address at Kenyon College. This thoughtful and moving talk inspires in me feelings of grief and anger and terror and hope, a response no doubt influenced by my awareness of Wallace's... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at Ed Batista
Here's a condensed set of slides from the fifth session on Resilience in The Art of Self-Coaching, a new course I'm teaching at the Stanford Graduate School of Business this Spring, and the readings for this session are shown below.... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2015 at Ed Batista
Here's a condensed set of slides from the fourth session on Happiness in The Art of Self-Coaching, a new course I'm teaching at the Stanford Graduate School of Business this Spring, and the readings for this session are shown below.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2015 at Ed Batista
The irony of teaching is that it makes clear how little I truly know. The beauty of teaching is that what little I know may still be useful. Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2015 at Ed Batista
Here's a condensed set of slides from the third session in The Art of Self-Coaching, a new course I'm teaching at the Stanford Graduate School of Business this Spring, and the readings for this session are shown below. Six more... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2015 at Ed Batista
Here's a condensed set of slides from the second session in The Art of Self-Coaching, a new course I'm teaching at the Stanford Graduate School of Business this Spring, and the readings for this session are shown below. Seven more... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at Ed Batista
One of the best books I've read recently is Erin Meyer's "The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business," a thoughtful and detailed exploration of the ways in which differences in national culture affect our efforts to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at Ed Batista