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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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My coaching practice with senior leaders and my work with MBA students at Stanford provides me with a perspective on a wide range of organizations, from early-stage startups to global corporations. And I commonly hear about people doing things like... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Ed Batista
This is a companion piece to Open Space, Deep Work and Self-Care. Most of my coaching clients are senior leaders in rapidly growing companies, and they often find themselves in the midst of a difficult transition. Previously they were in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at Ed Batista
Seneca's On Tranquility of Mind is an astonishing document, full of wisdom that remains highly relevant to my coaching clients and MBA students (and to me) although it was written nearly 2,000 years ago. Taking the form of a letter... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2017 at Ed Batista
I'm keenly aware of how much hard work goes into a marriage, and Amy and I have busted our asses for a quarter-century to try to do right by each other. We've succeeded more often than we've failed, which is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2017 at Ed Batista
A few years ago I began to take notice of the work of Brad Stulberg, an author and coach who’s done an extensive amount of research into the science of optimal health and human performance. Brad’s articles in Outside and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2017 at Ed Batista
Most of my coaching clients are CEOs, and while almost all of them have previous leadership experience, for some of them it's their first time at the very top of an org chart. As they've grown into more senior roles... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2017 at Ed Batista
A constant theme in the lives of my coaching clients is the difficulty of conducting transactions when stakes are high and value is difficult to ascertain. This frequently comes up in the context of compensation negotiations. Most of my clients... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2017 at Ed Batista
The perennial "Work hard or work smart?" debate has been playing out again recently, and it's one with substantial implications for my coaching clients, most of whom are technology company CEOs, and my MBA students at Stanford, most of whom... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2017 at Ed Batista
I recently held a workshop at the Stanford GSB one-year reunion for the Class of 2016, drawing on material from my course, The Art of Self-Coaching. I focused on the topic of Attention, which is the theme of a new... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2017 at Ed Batista
A theme that comes up consistently in my coaching practice is the difficulty leaders experience making time for practices that could be described as forms of self-care, such as exercise, sleep, meditation, or reflection. It’s not that my clients don’t... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2017 at Ed Batista
I made a major professional transition last year, resigning from my full-time role at Stanford and focusing my efforts there on teaching one class per Quarter—two sections of my Art of Self-Coaching course in Fall and Spring, and a section... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2017 at Ed Batista
Some years ago my colleague Pam Fox Rollin offered a simple piece of advice that has stuck with me: Slow down for yellow lights. As a rule of the road it’s so critical to insuring our safety that you'd think... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at Ed Batista
A double bind is an interpersonal situation in which conflicting messages are communicated or competing demands are imposed, creating a trap that can be a powerful source of distress and frustration. The concept was developed by the innovative social scientist... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at Ed Batista
I'll return to writing about leadership, coaching, and related issues tomorrow, but the events of this past weekend merit a brief digression. I woke up at 1:30am on Friday with abdominal pain. It was the night before my first class... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2017 at Ed Batista
A clash between our contemporary expectations and our evolved psychological preferences inevitably puts leaders in a bind, causing cognitive dissonance and distress. The solution is viewing leadership as a performance, which has implications for how leaders comprehend their role, how... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2017 at Ed Batista
A common feature of organizational life that I observe from my perspective as an executive coach is our collective failure to “empathize up.” We talk about “managing up” constantly, and it’s well understood that professional success involves attending to our... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2017 at Ed Batista
What I thought was just a hayfever attack last week turned into a head cold and a sore throat over the last few days--nothing too bad, but enough to put me out of action for the weekend. The enforced rest... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2017 at Ed Batista
The issue of anonymous feedback comes up consistently in my work as a coach to senior leaders. Many of my clients gather feedback from employees assessing their level of engagement or seeking input on problems, often through an anonymous survey.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2017 at Ed Batista
Last week I finished teaching a section of Interpersonal Dynamics (which everyone calls "Touchy Feely") at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. I first encountered the course as an MBA student in 1999, I joined the staff as a group... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2017 at Ed Batista
Monsters are always hungry; that's what makes them monsters. ~Sean Hayes In the decade that I've spent coaching senior leaders and teaching MBA students at Stanford, I’ve worked with hundreds of people associated with elite organizations, from blue chip professional... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2017 at Ed Batista
We work so hard to minimize risk & avoid uncertainty when we'd be better served by managing the emotions that risk & uncertainty trigger. 1/ — Ed Batista (@edbatista) February 10, 2017 My coaching clients and MBA students deal with... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2017 at Ed Batista
Jurgen Appelo is an innovative management thinker whose work I admire, and his 7 Levels of Delegation is a framework that I often recommend to clients to help them determine how to allocate authority and decision-making power between themselves and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2017 at Ed Batista
In 1994 I was hit by an inattentive driver while riding a motorcycle. I catapulted over the handlebars, and my backside caved in their windshield, but somehow I walked away with only a broken arm. That night I channeled my... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at Ed Batista
I’ve spent countless hours working with small groups that aspire to become high-performing teams, in settings ranging from Stanford’s Leadership Fellows program, which I helped launch in 2007 and supported for a decade, to startups where I was coaching the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2017 at Ed Batista
One of my clients is a co-CEO, and in a coaching session I remarked upon the strength of that partnership and how effectively the two of them collaborated in what is often seen as an unworkable arrangement. "We learned to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2017 at Ed Batista