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San Francisco, CA
Executive coach, Lecturer @StanfordBiz, contributor @HarvardBiz
Interests: Executive coaching, ,self-coaching, leadership, management, communication, group dynamics, organizational culture, neuroscience, positive psychology
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This morning Amy and I sat on a log at Mile Rock Beach and watched the waves crash against the coast for a long time. The air was crisp and clear--the lighthouse at Point Bonita gleamed white across the water.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2016 at Ed Batista
At a moment when many of us are dismayed by the U.S. election results, enraged by the recent surge in hate crimes, and concerned about the overall direction of the country, it's fitting that this week's topic in The Art... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2016 at Ed Batista
We tend to underestimate the power and significance of an easily overlooked word: AND. When we have two contrasting messages to deliver, one positive and the other negative, we often begin with the positive and conclude with the negative, linking... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2016 at Ed Batista
Bob Dylan just won the Nobel Prize in Literature, which, via a roundabout path, led me to Jann Wenner's 2010 interview with President Barack Obama, who had this to say about the man: Here's what I love about Dylan: He... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2016 at Ed Batista
I originally wrote this in 2012, a few years after discovering the work of Pierluigi Pugliese, who led me to the work of Jim and Michele McCarthy. It's merely an introductory reference for anyone unfamiliar with the term "agile" and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2016 at Ed Batista
A few months ago I made the decision to resign from the role that I accepted at Stanford's Graduate School of Business in December 2006. At that time I was a member of the school's first-ever team of in-house executive... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2016 at Ed Batista
Sheldon Kopp was a therapist and author based in Washington DC whose work was widely read in the 1970s but who is largely forgotten today. When Kopp died in 1999 at age 70 he merited a New York Times obituary,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2016 at Ed Batista
Yesterday I conducted a workshop with the team at a startup here in the Bay Area on a range of topics related to interpersonal and group dynamics. While the title was simply Startup Communication, a theme woven throughout the day... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2016 at Ed Batista
I'm a fan of InnerSpace, a community of startup founders sharing best practices, so I was happy to spend yesterday there leading a pro bono workshop on The Art of Self-Coaching, the GSB class that I designed last year, taught... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2016 at Ed Batista
Stanford's Office of Development recently asked me if I would volunteer to lead a workshop at Medallia, a SaaS CRM and feedback company co-founded by Amy Pressman, a fellow alumnus of the university's Graduate School of Business, and populated by... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2016 at Ed Batista
The HBR Guide to Delivering Effective Feedback is now available, and my article on Giving Feedback That Sticks is included. Here are some of the other chapters: Sometimes Negative Feedback is Best, Heidi Grant Halvorson A Better Way to Deliver... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2016 at Ed Batista
When we're leading and coaching, how can we help others surface more useful information? How can we make those conversations more effective? Grant McCracken is an anthropologist who works at the intersection of culture and commerce, and I've found inspiration... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2016 at Ed Batista
“Show me your calendar & I’ll show you what you value.” I first heard that from @JoelCPeterson in 2000 @StanfordBiz & think of it every day. — Ed Batista (@edbatista) May 1, 2016 Joel Peterson said this in class when... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2016 at Ed Batista
@edbatista @StanfordBiz I looked at your syllabus online. I want to be in your course! — Brené Brown (@BreneBrown) April 30, 2016 The work of Brené Brown has had a big influence on my approach to coaching and teaching (and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2016 at Ed Batista
I was recently asked to recommend readings on humility for someone who aspires to be a better leader. I found that an interesting request, because I'm not a particularly humble person. I've taken the VIA Survey on Character Strengths three... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2016 at Ed Batista
My coaching clients have hard jobs with big responsibilities that generate lots of stress, and many of their spouses and partners have similarly demanding careers. And yet one of the most challenging experiences in their day doesn’t occur at work,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2016 at Ed Batista
The innovations of the Toyota Production System (TPS) are well-documented in the management literature and standard features of business school curricula everywhere. These concepts are usually discussed in the context of industrial operations, but I also see their applicability to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2016 at Ed Batista
Meredith Whipple Callahan is a fascinating thinker and a former MBA student at Stanford, where we got to know each other a few years ago. She recently posted the chart above in What's Behind Your Beliefs?, a discussion of "foundational... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2016 at Ed Batista
Here's the 2016 syllabus for The Art of Self-Coaching, the course I designed and taught for the first time last year at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. It's largely consistent with my 2015 syllabus, although there are some new... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2016 at Ed Batista
The issue of trust comes up regularly in my coaching practice. All of my clients are managing complicated relationships with colleagues, co-founders, senior execs, board members, and other key players who have the potential to add significant value if things... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2016 at Ed Batista
In my work as a coach I'm often asked to help clients wrestle with big decisions, and I typically advise people to stop worrying about them. I'm not being flippant--to paraphrase former Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy, "It's important to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2016 at Ed Batista
Last night I did a workshop on interpersonal feedback and coaching skills with Stanford's Entrepreneurial Commitment Group, a select network of early stage venture founders who meet monthly during the course of the year. I did a similar event with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2016 at Ed Batista
Last year I proposed that startup leaders assess the composition of their team and the emerging organizational culture by asking "Are we video-gaming or ditch-digging?" This post poses a related question aimed at helping leaders adapt their management style to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2016 at Ed Batista
Precedents matter. What you do and say early on in a relationship (romantic or business) sets the expectation; hard to change. (via @ramit) — Ben Casnocha (@bencasnocha) October 12, 2015 I made a note of this tweet from Ben Casnocha... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2016 at Ed Batista
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 Feb 2, 2016 at Ed Batista