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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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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 6 days ago at Ed Batista
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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 7 days ago 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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I'm an executive coach, not a meditation teacher, but I regularly discuss mindfulness with my clients, all of whom are busy professionals in demanding leadership positions. This aspect of my practice has evolved over the past decade as a combination... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2017 at Ed Batista
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Last month I embarked on a 30-day challenge to myself that involved four daily goals: Meditate for 30 minutes Publish one post Read, read, read, read, read Lift weights again The overarching purpose, as I wrote at the time, was... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2017 at Ed Batista
When I hear the term "great leader," I’m reminded of two passages from management literature that have influenced my thinking about leadership and my approach to coaching leaders. First, from Jeff Pfeffer and Bob Sutton’s Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths, and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2017 at Ed Batista
In two days I'll begin teaching another section of Interpersonal Dynamics (aka Touchy Feely) at Stanford. I first encountered the class as a student at the Graduate School of Business in 1999, I started serving as a group facilitator in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2017 at Ed Batista
I began coaching in 2005 and within a year I had I left my last leadership position to commit myself to a full-time coaching practice. I feel privileged to do this work—for me it’s a calling, not a job--and one... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2017 at Ed Batista
Some time ago John Lee asked me a great question, one that I think every leader should be able to answer: I'm realizing how crucial psychological safety is in the process of change. What are some helpful tactics on creating... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2017 at Ed Batista
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Most of my coaching clients are CEOs of rapidly growing companies, and while their work is always demanding and dynamic, sometimes they face a full-blown crisis, a threat to the organization’s existence that will require their maximum effort. These are... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2017 at Ed Batista
There's a concept in improvisational theater called act as if: Don't be constrained by the literal reality surrounding us; instead, challenge our immediate interpretation of what's happening and act as if what's being represented onstage is real. This ability to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2017 at Ed Batista
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While it's dangerous to play it safe, and the essential task of getting out of our comfort zone often requires us to relinquish control and be more spontaneous, in many circumstances it's important to slow down, and doing this consistently... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2017 at Ed Batista
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My coaching clients are typically senior leaders with rapidly growing or very large organizations who are responsible for hiring a management team, identifying a winning strategy, and building a culture that supports their goals. A theme that emerges consistently in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2017 at Ed Batista
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Amy and I spent the past week on the Mendocino coast, just north of the little town of Gualala. One evening a planet appeared low in the sky as the last light of sunset was fading--you can just make it... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2017 at Ed Batista
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John Darnielle, who performs as The Mountain Goats, has a song that's become an anthem for me and Amy, titled This Year. It's a story of survival, of overcoming youthful foolishness and bad choices and unlucky breaks. We've moved on... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2016 at Ed Batista
Perspective matters. Take the field full of manure above, for example. We could view it as an overwhelming amount of shit, or as a rich source of fertilizer. A friend was bemoaning the state of her workspace, which was full... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2016 at Ed Batista
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A recent conversation with a coaching client reminded me of the power of language to shape our experience--and of the importance of taking responsibility for our experience. My client was describing a difficult conversation with an employee, one in which... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2016 at Ed Batista
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The idea of contrasting Importance and Urgency is nothing new. Dwight Eisenhower supposedly came up with the concept, presumably in the mid-20th century, although I haven’t yet found any compelling evidence, and Stephen Covey popularized it in his 1989 book... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2016 at Ed Batista
In The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, psychologist John Gottman describes a set of behaviors he calls "the Four Horsemen," named after a symbol of the apocalypse in the Book of Revelation. These four interpersonal dynamics have a predictable... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2016 at Ed Batista
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I've always had a general interest in technology, and a few key events stand out in my memory: In 1984 my parents bought a Macintosh 128K for the family's use, and I saw the power of desktop publishing as a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2016 at Ed Batista