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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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Last week I volunteered to facilitate the fourth workshop in an ongoing series on Startup Communication aimed at helping co-founders 1) communicate more effectively with each other, 2) establish group norms in the company that support better communication and 3)... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Ed Batista
Thanks, Dan--I appreciate the kind words and the food for thought. I definitely think about the importance of helping our students self-coach after graduation. I actually first became interested in the concept about 5 years ago when a second-year student said to me, "I've benefited a lot from all the coaching I've received while I've been in school, but I'm not going to be afford a coach immediately after graduation; how do I coach myself?" It occurred to me that I'd essentially been writing on just that topic for the previous 5 years, which led me to organize roughly 100 pages of blog posts into a set of "self-coaching guides" on topics such as Communication and Leadership. I think you raise an important question about how we should decide where to focus our energy when it comes to self-coaching, particularly given our tendency to address our weaknesses, when, at a certain point in our lives and our careers, we're probably better served by building on our strengths. My understanding of recent research and my work with clients and students have provided some clarity here--for example, I've been using the acronym MESS-E to highlight the importance of Mindfulness, Exercise, Sleep hygiene, Stress reduction and Emotion management as practices that are core to any self-coaching regimen. That said, I also believe it's critical for each of us to choose for ourselves how we'll benefit most from these efforts, and I'm going to have to find the right balance between recommending certain practices while avoiding a formulaic approach.
A recent conversation with my GSB colleague Collins Dobbs helped clarify my thoughts on how we teach leadership at Stanford and why, and it motivated me to lay out that philosophy more explicitly--to plant a flag, so to speak. I'm... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2014 at Ed Batista
On Friday I facilitated a workshop on Startup Communication aimed at helping an early-stage company's employees work together more effectively. I feel privileged to work with all my clients, but in this case it's fair to say that it was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2014 at Ed Batista
My latest post at HBR: The Art of Saying a Professional Goodbye Saying "goodbye" is one of those activities that seems so simple it hardly requires advance thought--and so endings creep up on us and catch us unprepared. We tend... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2014 at Ed Batista
Today I volunteered to facilitate the third workshop in an ongoing series on Startup Communication aimed at helping co-founders 1) communicate more effectively with each other, 2) establish group norms in the company that support better communication and 3) model... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2014 at Ed Batista
What happens when we learn new skills that take us out of our comfort zone? When we're striving to be authentic, is it OK when we act with intention and forethought? The Conscious Competence model, developed by Martin Broadwell in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Ed Batista
A few weeks ago I conducted a 1-hour webinar for HBR on Coaching Your Employees, and an archived video of my talk is now available. HBR has also produced a well-written 7-page summary of my comments [PDF, 480KB], and you... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at Ed Batista
Fernando Blat recently tweeted a pic of a slide describing how Spotify builds a product (which I've re-posted below.) The essence of the slide is that Spotify does not build by painstakingly crafting a perfect product that's not functional until... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at Ed Batista
We all have accomplishments we're striving for, milestones we hope to reach, behaviors we want to do more of (or less of)--and setting goals can help motivate us along the way. But research shows that goals have complex (and sometimes... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at Ed Batista
This morning I conducted a webinar for Harvard Business Review on Coaching Your Employees, and while a full recording of the presentation will be posted within a few days at HBR's Events page, here's a copy of my slides. I'm... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at Ed Batista
HBR has invited me to do a 1-hour webinar on Coaching Your Employees, and it's scheduled for this Thursday, March 20, 9am Pacific / Noon Eastern. Registration is free. Topics will include Leadership roles, When coaching works (and when it... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2014 at Ed Batista
We're generally intelligent why do we do such dumb things? One of the best ways to explain our counterproductive behavior is the Ladder of Inference. This elegant model was first developed by Chris Argyris, building on the work of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2014 at Ed Batista
It's been an unusual year. There have been some very high highs: I believe I'm doing the best work I've ever done with my clients and students; my brother David realized a long-held dream and opened a bar; I began... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2013 at Ed Batista
Thanks, Bret. I've done variations on this theme in workshops on communication skills for co-founders, and I felt that the topic deserved a little more space. I'd love to expand on it even further in a talk sometime.
Toggle Commented Dec 30, 2013 on Startups as Human Systems at Ed Batista
Although the clients in my coaching practice come from a wide range of professions and work in organizations of all sizes, I see a large number of startup founders and other leaders from early-stage companies. And my work with these... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2013 at Ed Batista
My latest post at HBR: Building a Feedback-Rich Culture: As an executive coach and an experiential educator, I’m a passionate believer in the value of interpersonal feedback. To become more effective and fulfilled at work, people need a keen understanding... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2013 at Ed Batista
Today I facilitated a workshop on Startup Communication at Flixster in San Francisco aimed at helping co-founders 1) communicate more effectively with each other, 2) establish group norms in the company that support better communication and 3) model better communication... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2013 at Ed Batista
My latest post at HBR: Doing Less, Leading More: Our first accomplishments as professionals are usually rooted in our skill as individual contributors. In most fields we add value in the early stages of our careers by getting things done.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2013 at Ed Batista
A few days ago, my brother David opened All Souls, a bar at 725 T Street NW in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington DC. Here's how he describes it on their Facebook page: A corner bar where all are welcome... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2013 at Ed Batista
Tyler Green recently tweeted, "Turn your critical lens toward things you think matter, that you want to discuss, share. Let practice win out over rubbernecking." And "rubbernecking" strikes me as the perfect way to describe how we let things that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2013 at Ed Batista
In 2007 Jakob Nielsen wrote a compelling piece on Life-Long Computer Skills: There is some value in teaching kids skills they can apply immediately, while they're still in school, but there's more value in teaching them deeper concepts that will... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2013 at Ed Batista
My latest post at HBR: Happy Workaholics Need Boundaries, Not Balance. This is the second post in a series on "the problems of success." Here's the first: Learning to Say "No" Is Part of Success. Many of my executive coaching... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2013 at Ed Batista
Alyson Madrigan and Kate Billing are two people who've taught me something about gratitude over the past few years. Alyson is a friend here in San Francisco I get to see every few months, while Kate is a consultant in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2013 at Ed Batista
The most popular elective at Stanford's Graduate School of Business is formally titled Interpersonal Dynamics, but everyone calls it Touchy Feely. (The school offers the course to 360 students every year, and there are roughly 400 students in each graduating... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2013 at Ed Batista