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edbatista
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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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 5 days ago at Ed Batista
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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As we remember veterans and acknowledge their service today, I'm thinking of four specific individuals and what I learned from them. Ten years ago my professional duties included commenting on students' written assignments in a class at Stanford's Graduate School... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2017 at Ed Batista
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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 Oct 16, 2017 at Ed Batista
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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