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San Francisco, CA
Executive Coach & Instructor @ Stanford Graduate School of Business
Interests: Executive coaching, leadership, change management
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Recent conversations with a number of my coaching clients and MBA students at Stanford have touched on what we might call "freedom from" and "freedom to," or, respectively, negative liberty and positive liberty. As described in the Stanford Encyclopedia of... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Ed Batista
As learners we can sometimes be disheartened by a perceived lack of progress, particularly when we're trying to master a complex and challenging discipline. At our worst, we can feel that haven't made any progress at all--that we've actually regressed... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Ed Batista
Ironies abound as I turn to this review of Scott Eblin's Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative. I've been meaning to write about it for months, but have continually delayed, feeling too busy with students, clients, my own writing and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2015 at Ed Batista
This afternoon I led a pro bono workshop on The Art of Self-Coaching with a group of startup founders and execs, organized and hosted by my colleagues at InnerSpace, a group that aims to help startups develop more effective organizational... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at Ed Batista
Leaders are providing less explicit direction to their employees these days, and relying more on coaching as a leadership tool, as organizations become flatter and more dependent on knowledge work. But many people also manage teams that span locations and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at Ed Batista
In both my private coaching practice and in my role as an Instructor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, I think of myself as an experiential educator. And whether I'm working with clients or students, I know that people... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at Ed Batista
I recently conducted a 1-hour webinar for HBR on Making Feedback Less Stressful, and an archived video of my talk is now available. HBR has also produced an 8-page summary of my comments [PDF, 517KB], and you can view my... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at Ed Batista
The most popular elective course we offer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business is Interpersonal Dynamics--known to almost everyone as Touchy Feely. We currently offer 12 sections to a total of 432 students each year, and I estimate that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at Ed Batista
What characterizes a healthy group? One of my favorite books is T-Group Theory and Laboratory Method, a collection of essays on group dynamics from the 1950s and early '60s compiled by Leland Bradford, Jack Gibb and Ken Benne. These three... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2015 at Ed Batista
Fifteen years ago, in the Spring Quarter of my second year at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, I took a course on real estate from Joel Peterson, who'd previously been CEO of Trammell Crow, one of the largest developers... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2015 at Ed Batista
This morning I conducted a webinar for Harvard Business Review on Making Feedback Less Stressful, and while a full recording of the presentation will be posted soon, here's a copy of my slides. (Update: The recorded webinar and a written... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2015 at Ed Batista
HBR has invited me to do a 1-hour webinar on Making Feedback Less Stressful, and it's scheduled for this Thursday, February 26, 9am Pacific / Noon Eastern. Registration is free. I'll be talking about emotion (and emotion management), social threat,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at Ed Batista
Historically, leaders achieved their position by virtue of experience on the job and in-depth knowledge. They were expected to have answers and to readily provide them when employees were unsure about what to do or how to do it. The... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Ed Batista
A recent conversation with a client helped to crystallize a dynamic that I see regularly, both with my MBA students at Stanford and with most of the clients in my coaching practice. Think of all the possible claims on our... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Ed Batista
When considering different tasks, projects and opportunities, how should we decide where to focus our time and energy? If our attention is our most precious resource, how can we determine where to invest it and what returns we should expect?... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at Ed Batista
Last year I wrote about the Conscious Competence model, first formulated by Martin Broadwell in the late 1960s. I find it very helpful when thinking about developing new skills in any type of experiential learning or professional development process, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at Ed Batista
A leader’s most precious resource is not their time. It’s their focused attention. Time merely passes, while focused attention makes things happen. When we’re able to gather and direct our attention toward a particular task or interaction, we can have... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at Ed Batista
This Spring I'll be teaching a new course at the Stanford Graduate School of Business entitled The Art of Self-Coaching. Today I talked about the course with a few interested students, and above is a condensed set of my slides.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at Ed Batista
A revised edition of the HBR Guide to Coaching Employees is now available, and although I'm hardly an objective critic I think it's a substantial improvement on the original. I wrote the Introduction, Why Coach?, as well as Giving Feedback... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at Ed Batista
Careers involve numerous transitions when we “step up” into a new role, typically one with greater rewards, bigger responsibilities, and higher stakes. We’re well aware that these opportunities come as the result of effort and diligence in our previous role,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at Ed Batista
Why is change so difficult? Why do we resist it? Why do we fail to adapt even when our current methods aren't working? My work with clients in my coaching practice and MBAs at Stanford often involves helping people implement,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2014 at Ed Batista
Sadly but inevitably, a common issue in my coaching practice is helping leaders decide whether or not to fire a senior team member. These decisions are always difficult ones--the clear-cut situations resolve themselves and tend not to take up time... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2014 at Ed Batista
Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky's work on happiness and fulfillment has had a significant impact on my approach to coaching (and my own life) since I first read her book The How of Happiness shortly after its publication in 2009. (She's continued... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2014 at Ed Batista
Thanks, Roy--I appreciate the feedback!
Toggle Commented Dec 19, 2014 on The Five Stages of Procrastination at Ed Batista
Thanks, Wenjie. I fully agree that asking a question is often the best way to advance a dialogue, and yet it takes practice to be able to come up with an effective question in the midst of a difficult discussion. Happily, life offers us many such opportunities to practice.
Toggle Commented Oct 6, 2014 on My Favorite Piece of Advice... at Ed Batista