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edbatista
San Francisco, CA
Executive Coach & Instructor @ Stanford Graduate School of Business
Interests: Executive coaching, leadership, change management
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Fifteen years ago, in the Spring Quarter of my second year at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, I took a course on real estate from Joel Peterson, who'd previously been CEO of Trammell Crow, one of the largest developers... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Ed Batista
This morning I conducted a webinar for Harvard Business Review on Making Feedback Less Stressful, and while a full recording of the presentation will be posted soon, here's a copy of my slides. Topics include emotion (and emotion management), social... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Ed Batista
HBR has invited me to do a 1-hour webinar on Making Feedback Less Stressful, and it's scheduled for this Thursday, February 26, 9am Pacific / Noon Eastern. Registration is free. I'll be talking about emotion (and emotion management), social threat,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at Ed Batista
Historically, leaders achieved their position by virtue of experience on the job and in-depth knowledge. They were expected to have answers and to readily provide them when employees were unsure about what to do or how to do it. The... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Ed Batista
A recent conversation with a client helped to crystallize a dynamic that I see regularly, both with my MBA students at Stanford and with most of the clients in my coaching practice. Think of all the possible claims on our... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Ed Batista
When considering different tasks, projects and opportunities, how should we decide where to focus our time and energy? If our attention is our most precious resource, how can we determine where to invest it and what returns we should expect?... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at Ed Batista
Last year I wrote about the Conscious Competence model, first formulated by Martin Broadwell in the late 1960s. I find it very helpful when thinking about developing new skills in any type of experiential learning or professional development process, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at Ed Batista
A leader’s most precious resource is not their time. It’s their focused attention. Time merely passes, while focused attention makes things happen. When we’re able to gather and direct our attention toward a particular task or interaction, we can have... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at Ed Batista
This Spring I'll be teaching a new course at the Stanford Graduate School of Business entitled The Art of Self-Coaching. Today I talked about the course with a few interested students, and above is a condensed set of my slides.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at Ed Batista
A revised edition of the HBR Guide to Coaching Employees is now available, and although I'm hardly an objective critic I think it's a substantial improvement on the original. I wrote the Introduction, Why Coach?, as well as Giving Feedback... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at Ed Batista
Careers involve numerous transitions when we “step up” into a new role, typically one with greater rewards, bigger responsibilities, and higher stakes. We’re well aware that these opportunities come as the result of effort and diligence in our previous role,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at Ed Batista
Why is change so difficult? Why do we resist it? Why do we fail to adapt even when our current methods aren't working? My work with clients in my coaching practice and MBAs at Stanford often involves helping people implement,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2014 at Ed Batista
Sadly but inevitably, a common issue in my coaching practice is helping leaders decide whether or not to fire a senior team member. These decisions are always difficult ones--the clear-cut situations resolve themselves and tend not to take up time... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2014 at Ed Batista
Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky's work on happiness and fulfillment has had a significant impact on my approach to coaching (and my own life) since I first read her book The How of Happiness shortly after its publication in 2009. (She's continued... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2014 at Ed Batista
Thanks, Roy--I appreciate the feedback!
Toggle Commented Dec 19, 2014 on The Five Stages of Procrastination at Ed Batista
Thanks, Wenjie. I fully agree that asking a question is often the best way to advance a dialogue, and yet it takes practice to be able to come up with an effective question in the midst of a difficult discussion. Happily, life offers us many such opportunities to practice.
Toggle Commented Oct 6, 2014 on My Favorite Piece of Advice... at Ed Batista
Originally conducted by psychologist Walter Mischel in the late 1960s, the Stanford marshmallow test has become a touchstone of developmental psychology. Children at Stanford’s Bing Nursery School, aged four to six, were placed in a room furnished only with a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at Ed Batista
Thanks, Jeff. I think we're in agreement: As a species we evolved a negativity bias, so we often tend to assume the worst. In addition, when we're emotionally aroused or triggered in some way, our ability to take in and process information accurately is diminished. Put those two dynamics together, and it's easy to see how we can misinterpret someone's motive for providing disconfirming or critical feedback. This is why I think it's so important for us to work on making feedback less stressful.
Over the past year I've been doing a series of video-conferences with a distributed management team on topics related to communication, feedback, leadership, and coaching, and last week we wrapped up with a session on self-coaching and organizational culture. The... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2014 at Ed Batista
...comes from the wonderfully cantankerous early 20th century actor W.C. Fields: I don't have to attend every argument I'm invited to. We're so quick to assume that if someone has an issue or a dispute or wants to pick a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at Ed Batista
The communication funnel is a concept I regularly discuss with coaching clients, most of whom are senior leaders in constant contact with their direct reports and/or managing virtual teams. We prioritize immediacy and convenience in our communication, so we start... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at Ed Batista
At least once a month an ambitious and hard-working person in their 20s asks me, “Should I get an MBA?” I earned my MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business in 2000, and since 2007 I’ve been an Instructor and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Ed Batista
In "Bouncing Back," a profoundly thought-provoking book that draws upon concepts from philosophy, psychology and neuroscience to promote resilience and well being, therapist Linda Graham relates the following story from Buddhist tradition: A master monk is meditating in a temple... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at Ed Batista
Last week I conducted a workshop in San Francisco on Team Effectiveness with a group of senior managers at a technology company. They were able to acknowledge right from the start that their communication as a team could be improved,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at Ed Batista
A coaching client of mine is managing partner at a very large law firm, and one of the issues we’ve been working on is how to cope more effectively with the intense demands on his time—clients who expect him to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at Ed Batista