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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 is an idiosyncratic collection of material intended to help me get through some upcoming challenges. If anyone else finds it useful, that's gravy. Watch This Read This No other word will do. For that’s what it was. Gravy. Gravy,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Ed Batista
Most of my coaching clients are CEOs of growing companies, and a theme that shows up in my work with many of them is the stress that results from simultaneously maintaining two very different views of the world. Because my... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Ed Batista
The great danger that comes with growth is losing the proper balance between technology and business. At the best companies, suits and nerds alike see themselves as part of a greater 'us.' Robert Cringely, Accidental Empires, 1992 Most of my... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2018 at Ed Batista
My work as a coach often involves encouraging clients and students to talk about their feelings--a process known to psychologists as affect labeling--in order to manage difficult emotions more effectively. Experience tells us that this is a useful practice, but... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2018 at Ed Batista
Photo by Zoltán Vörös While the expression of an authentic self is necessary for great leadership, the concept of authenticity is often misunderstood, not least by leaders themselves. They often assume that authenticity is an innate quality--that a person is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2018 at Ed Batista
One of the most rewarding aspects of teaching The Art of Self-Coaching at Stanford is introducing some of my MBA students to Stoicism in our class on Unhappiness. To be sure, some of my students are well-versed in the classics,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2018 at Ed Batista
In the "Enchiridion" (or Handbook) of Epictetus, the Stoic philosopher offers guidance to those of us with high aspirations: In every act observe the things which come first, and those which follow it... A man wishes to conquer at the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2018 at Ed Batista
CONTENTS 1. Overview 2. Logistics and Pedagogy 3. Origins, Growth and Decline 4. Personal Experience 5. Research and Literature 6. My Writing 7. T-Group Programs 8. Acknowledgments 1. Overview As a former faculty member for Interpersonal Dynamics, commonly called Touchy... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2018 at Ed Batista
There is nothing more degrading than the friendship of wolves; avoid that above all. ~Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, XI.15 Most of my clients are CEOs, and an important aspect of the role that few people consider before launching a venture or... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2018 at Ed Batista
This is a point I stress when I teach The Art of Self-Coaching at Stanford, but I want to make it even more explicit here, both to better prepare my students for their experience in the course and to clarify... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2018 at Ed Batista
The obstacle IS the way. I was reminded of this by John Stephenson, who was responding to the conclusion of my piece on Comfort with Discomfort: We tend to view discomfort adversarially, as a foe to be vanquished or avoided,... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2018 at Ed Batista
A CEO asked me about the most common mistakes made by my clients, most of whom are also CEOs. I had to consider how my clients would answer that question, and I think the overarching theme would be: They waited... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2018 at Ed Batista
A phrase that comes up often in my coaching practice is "keeping a lot of balls in the air." Most of my clients are technology company CEOs, and most of the rest are senior leaders in similar organizations, and all... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2018 at Ed Batista
An issue that comes up frequently in my work as a coach and teacher is how to improve a working relationship in which one person feels disappointed, irritated, or upset with the other. In my coaching practice this typically involves... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2018 at Ed Batista
I've drawn support from the work of Pema Chödrön in many different ways over the years, but I find myself returning to a passage from When Things Fall Apart over and over again: We think that if we just meditated... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2018 at Ed Batista
When Dusty Baker became the San Francisco Giants manager in 1993, I wasn't critical, but I was skeptical. Yes, he'd been a coach for the team for five years, but before that he'd spent eight years (in a 19-year career)... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2018 at Ed Batista
In my work as an executive coach to senior leaders, I typically see my clients every few weeks over a period of years as they navigate a series of large-scale, long-term challenges. This inevitably entails accompanying them through periods of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2018 at Ed Batista
The most effective coaching relationships are equal partnerships between the coach and the coachee. Both parties are invested in the process and its success, they're free to challenge each other or disagree, and they each feel a sense of mutual... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2018 at Ed Batista
It may sound odd, but pirates are a recurring theme in my executive coaching practice. I work with many startup founders, and it's not unusual for them to identify with or feel some affection for that other group of entrepreneurs... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2018 at Ed Batista
I'm alive. ☐ I'm not in pain. ☐ I can think clearly. ☐ I can see, hear, and walk. ☐ I'm warm and well-nourished. ☐ I'm protected from the elements. ☐ I was born to parents who loved me. ☐... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2018 at Ed Batista
Amy and I met when we were in high school together, probably sometime in 1983. We started dating and fell in love in 1986 and then spent most of the next four years apart as we pursued our separate (but... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2017 at Ed Batista
Sonja Lyubomirsky, a professor of psychology at UC Riverside, is one of the leading researchers on happiness, and her books The How of Happiness (2007) and The Myths of Happiness (2014) offer a wealth of valuable insights on the subject.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2017 at Ed Batista
Thankfulness has been on my mind recently, so it was a welcome surprise this morning to see the photo above accompanying an article on the Roberts Enterprise Development Fund (REDF). It shows Jed Emerson, George Roberts, and Melinda Tuan sometime... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2017 at Ed Batista
Most of my coaching clients are CEOs of growing companies, and a consistent theme in my practice is the importance—and the difficulty—of transitioning from a hands-on leader who personally gets things done to someone who leads in a different way... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2017 at Ed Batista
I'm feeling thankful for many things today. It's a challenging time in San Francisco, and I'm dismayed by my beloved city's crumbling public infrastructure and glaring income inequality. I'm not pining for some bygone era--it's a tempting illusion to think... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2017 at Ed Batista