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edbatista
A farm north of San Francisco
Executive Coach. Dog Walker.
Interests: Executive coaching, self-coaching, leadership, management, communication, group dynamics, organizational culture, neuroscience, positive psychology
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People mistakenly think it was the storm that caused the problem. It wasn't the storm that caused the problem; it was the time. ~Martin Adams, Mount Everest climber [1] The sort of individual who is programmed to ignore personal distress... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Ed Batista
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Although most of my clients are leaders in professional roles that they expect to hold for the foreseeable future, it's not uncommon for me to work with someone as they navigate a transition and join a new organization. In that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2022 at Ed Batista
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A theme in my practice is the CEO who's leading senior executives for the first time. This often occurs with a founder whose company has grown dramatically or has recently raised a significant round of funding. While some of their... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2022 at Ed Batista
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Compasses point true north and help us stay on our chosen path, no matter what's happening around us. They're not disrupted by environmental changes--but they can't tell us anything about those changes, and sometimes that's important information. Weathervanes are buffeted... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2022 at Ed Batista
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While I firmly believe in the value of psychological safety as a factor that contributes to high performance, I've also observed an unhelpful tendency in recent years to prioritize that quality above all else. [1] Anything that leads someone to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2022 at Ed Batista
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The image above is a clip from a video shot at the 2013 Australian Grand Prix. [1] The Ferrari team had two drivers in the race that day, Fernando Alonso, who finished second, and Felipe Massa, who finished fourth, although... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2022 at Ed Batista
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Most of my clients are CEOs whose C-level executives have deep domain expertise, and most of the rest are operating leaders at other levels who highly value their employees' input. So it's rare for one of them to make a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2022 at Ed Batista
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Mike Ditka is not sorry. [1] Most of my clients are CEOs, and most of the rest are senior leaders with a similar profile that puts them in the public eye. They give interviews and speak at conferences. A number... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2022 at Ed Batista
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Most of my clients are CEOs of growing companies, most of the rest are C-level executives in similar settings, and a number of others are leaders in investment or professional services firms. In order to be effective in these roles... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2022 at Ed Batista
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In early 2017--notably, as I was approaching 50--I decided to grow my hair out. For most of my life I've worn it very short, cut with clippers, but one day I thought, "I've never had long hair--I wonder what that's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2022 at Ed Batista
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I first expressed this idea in 2015 during a webinar I conducted for the Harvard Business Review [1], and apparently it continues to resonate with people. [2] The slide above from my webinar is based on a passage in the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2022 at Ed Batista
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You're a senior leader who's initiated or agreed to participate in a 360-degree feedback assessment, with input from your direct reports and other colleagues, including (if applicable) peers, Board members, investors and other stakeholders. A coach or consultant has conducted... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2022 at Ed Batista
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Ben LeBlanc, founder of Good Stock Soups and a coaching client, recently referred me to How to Skate a 10K, by Swedish speed skater Nils van der Poel, an Olympic gold-medal winner and world record holder. [1] It includes a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2022 at Ed Batista
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Most of my clients who worked remotely during the pandemic have resumed a range of in-person activities, from occasional days in the office to executive offsites to full-company retreats. And yet almost all of them expect to continue working remotely,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2022 at Ed Batista
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A theme in my practice is the CEO or senior leader who's hired or promoted an executive into a new role only to find that the executive fails to fulfill their initial promise. It's not a complete disaster--my clients are... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2022 at Ed Batista
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Although my clients are typically senior leaders, over the years I've worked with many people at earlier stages of their careers who had to "manage up" effectively--and even the leaders I work with face similar challenges in some of their... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2022 at Ed Batista