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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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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
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