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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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A CEO attempting to hot-swap an exec.* A theme in my practice is the CEO who's concluded that one of their executives is under-performing and must be managed out. Sometimes the CEO holds out hope that the transition will be... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Ed Batista
The truly awful thing about success is that it's held up all those years as the thing that would make everything all right. And the only thing that makes things even slightly bearable is a friend who knows what you're... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2024 at Ed Batista
Primates take...a mass of social information into account, and are so finely attuned to the moods and intentions of others, that it has been speculated that their high intelligence evolved in order to deal with an increasingly complex group life.... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2024 at Ed Batista
A theme in my practice is the CEO whose company has reached the point where there are substantial gaps in leadership capacity, succession planning, and operational rigor, and sufficient resources to attract senior talent. In some cases these gaps are... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2024 at Ed Batista
I don't care what the people outside say. Do you agree with me?... Let me ask you this: Are you in it? Let me ask you this again: Are you in it to win it? ~Starbucks CEO Laxman Narasimhan at... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2024 at Ed Batista
I'm skeptical of glowing CEO profiles. When we put leaders on pedestals, we often set them up for a fall. That said, Ben Cohen's recent Wall Street Journal piece on Ferrari CEO Benedetto Vigna offers some interesting insights. [1] While... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2024 at Ed Batista
A theme in my practice is the leader with a team of employees who are consistently embroiled in internal conflict. While purely interpersonal factors may contribute to this state of affairs, there are usually additional contextual or structural issues that... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2024 at Ed Batista
I've kept careful records since launching my coaching practice in 2006, and an hour ago I conducted the 8,000th coaching session of my career. This only includes formal coaching sessions: 6,936 with private clients to date, and 1,064 with MBA... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2024 at Ed Batista
I don't work with clients who are being forced into a coaching engagement against their will. In those situations coaching is usually viewed as a last-gasp desperation measure or as a way to mitigate legal risk, and in either case... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2024 at Ed Batista
Although I typically coach clients one-on-one (rather than in pairs or groups), a common theme in my practice is the difficulty a client is experiencing in a working relationship. Below is a set of articles that I've written over the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2024 at Ed Batista