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San Francisco, CA
Executive Coach
Interests: Executive coaching, self-coaching, leadership, management, communication, group dynamics, organizational culture, neuroscience, positive psychology
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Acceptance (Openness, Equanimity, Patience) Compassion (Empathy, Love of Self, Forgiveness) Wisdom (Discernment, Perspective, Insight) "Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know." ~Pema Chödrön [1] At the same time, no lesson is useful until... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2019 at Ed Batista
You're a leader in a demanding role that you expect to occupy for the foreseeable future. Your work is personally meaningful and materially rewarding. And yet you occasionally think about leaving, not because you want a "better job," but because... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2019 at Ed Batista
The passion that drives entrepreneurs to achieve greatness can also take a toll on their professional and personal lives. What can we do? Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness are two of my favorite writers on the subject of human potential.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2019 at Ed Batista
One of the values of tradition--rituals we re-enact, places we return to--is the sense of timelessness it evokes. This is an illusion, of course, but it can be a useful one. For the last week my evening entertainment has been... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2019 at Ed Batista
Photo by Alan Levine A Cautionary Tale I've learned much from Jeff Pfeffer's essential work on power [1], and in his book Leadership BS he tells a story about one of his former Stanford MBA students: A woman...has been promoted... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2019 at Ed Batista
Freud's Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego remains a source of insight nearly a century after its publication and despite any misgivings we may have about Freud's theories today. To paraphrase the anthropologist and philosopher Ernest Becker, Freud... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2019 at Ed Batista
This is how we can understand the essence of transference: as a taming of terror. Realistically the universe contains overwhelming power. Beyond ourselves we sense chaos. We can't really do much about this unbelievable power, except for one thing: we... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2019 at Ed Batista
The English word avatar is derived from the Sanskrit avatāra, meaning "to descend," which came to signify a deity who has come down to earth and taken human form. Lord Rama, above, was the seventh avatar of the Hindu god... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2019 at Ed Batista
Recently I was talking with someone who's lived in San Francisco for decades and mentioned that I was going to be visiting Muir Beach. They had never even heard of it, which is perfectly understandable, but also a missed opportunity... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2019 at Ed Batista
Grief can be the path to grace if that is what we choose. ~Sage Cohen [1] Nearly a decade ago two people who were important to me died suddenly: Richard Wright, my father-in-law, and Roanak Desai, an MBA student who... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2019 at Ed Batista
You're a leader running a business unit, a function, or an entire organization. You know that your job is to put the right people in the right roles, and then create the environment that allows them to do their best... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2019 at Ed Batista
It is gratuitous to assume not only that the other has the same amount of information as oneself, but that the other must draw the same conclusions from this information. ~Paul Watzlawick, et al. [1] When our efforts to communicate... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2019 at Ed Batista
One of the most significant steps in a leader's development is cultivating the ability to 1) tolerate greater uncertainty 2) over longer periods of time 3) on a larger number 4) of increasingly important issues. A coaching client once described... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2019 at Ed Batista
Powerful, charismatic leaders are like weather systems. They change the atmosphere, and people around them adjust accordingly. In many cases a leader's charisma played a role in enabling them to achieve a powerful position in the first place--and in most... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2019 at Ed Batista
When we're talking with another person, three conversations are being held at once: 1) The Script: The words being spoken and the other explicit verbal expressions that could be captured in a written document. 2) The Silent Movie: All other... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2019 at Ed Batista
PART I: HOW WE THINK To improve and maintain your capacity to get information, you have to understand how it comes to you. ~Andy Grove, 1983 [1] We monitor what we eat and drink, optimizing our diet for health and... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2019 at Ed Batista
In many of our formative experiences we’re taught that competence is an important (and perhaps our only) source of power. Being a competent student is necessary for academic advancement, just as being competent at our jobs is necessary for initial... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2019 at Ed Batista
We all have our preferred ways of working, and sometimes when we're locked in a conflict with a colleague it's the result of incompatible work styles. When we work with people who share our work style it may feel more... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2019 at Ed Batista
When we're locked in a protracted conflict with another person, there's one critical step that's usually necessary to reach a resolution in which both parties feel a sense of trust and remain committed to the relationship: The higher-status person must... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2019 at Ed Batista
Every community of which we're presently a member will someday become a "lost world"—lost to us as we depart and move on, or lost to everyone as the community as a whole comes to an end. We tend to resist... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2019 at Ed Batista
I'm profoundly grateful that we're living through an era when misdeeds by leaders are being exposed and their victims are being met with support and solidarity. I've known far too many people who have suffered at the hands of someone... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2019 at Ed Batista
In response to my post on CEOs waiting too long to address some of the key challenges in their role, Martin Birt posed an important question: Where are boards in situations where CEOs have waited too long? From the perspective... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2019 at Ed Batista
It doesn't take much to see that the problems of three little people don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. ~Humphrey Bogart, Casablanca Amy and I grew up in the 1970s on the far western outskirts... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2019 at Ed Batista
All behavior is adaptive in some way, and organizational cultures are merely manifestations of the cumulative adaptations made by every individual. [1] 1. Rules vs. norms You're a senior leader who meets regularly with a team of employees. A typical... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2019 at Ed Batista
Leaders must conform enough if they are to make the connections necessary to deliver change. Leaders who succeed in changing organizations challenge the norms--but rarely all of them, all at once... To change an organization, the leader must first gain... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2019 at Ed Batista