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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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It took me a long time to realize that A) the impulse to stay quiet is a signal to speak up, and B) the impulse to say one more thing is a signal to stfu. — Ed Batista (@edbatista) February... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Ed Batista
Mark McGuinness is a coach and poet based in the U.K. whose practice includes a focus on working with fellow creative people. I've appreciated Mark's work for many years, and when several of my clients unexpectedly found themselves responsible for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2021 at Ed Batista
A CEO asked me about the most common mistakes made by my clients, most of whom are also CEOs. I had to consider how my clients would answer that question, and I think the overarching theme would be: They waited... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2021 at Ed Batista
James Baker, at left, is considered to be the most effective White House Chief of Staff in history, [1] a notable accomplishment given how many otherwise talented people are perceived to have failed in the role. [2] Most of my... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2021 at Ed Batista
Most of my clients are founder/CEOs, and a theme that shows up in my work with them is what I would characterize as a reluctance to celebrate. This can take many forms: The leader who checks the box when a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2021 at Ed Batista
Success is made possible by understanding how something doesn’t work, [so] prior failings may be more aptly referred to as the ruling out of possibilities. ~Peter Attia [1] Most of my clients are CEOs, many of whom have founded a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2021 at Ed Batista
A theme in my practice is the vital importance of a sufficient degree of role clarity--a shared understanding among colleagues that allows them to answer a set of questions that are rarely made explicit and yet are ever-present in organizational... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2021 at Ed Batista
A few years ago the idea of a "Manager README" surged in popularity before provoking a backlash. The term was adopted from a type of software documentation that attracts attention because the all-caps title stands out in a list of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2021 at Ed Batista
A theme in my practice is the CEO with an under-performing executive who will ultimately have to be removed from their role. And yet, as I've noted before, this scenario results in one of the most common mistakes made by... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2021 at Ed Batista
Sometimes we're prevented from achieving our goals by factors beyond our control--the performance of a competitor, or the misdeeds of an adversary, or simply random chance and bad luck. But all too often we pay insufficient attention to the obstacles... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2021 at Ed Batista
A common challenge faced by my clients is an inability to stop thinking about something that's obsessing them: An intractable problem in the business. An interaction that went badly in some way. A difficult relationship with a colleague or in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2021 at Ed Batista
Most of my conversations with clients involve problems, difficulties, and things going wrong. That's the nature of coaching, but it's also the nature of senior leadership. And yet at regular intervals my clients find themselves in periods of unexpected calm,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2021 at Ed Batista
A theme in my practice is helping leaders understand the difference between force and power and make use of that distinction in achieving their goals. Let's define force as "strength or energy as an attribute of action" and power as... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2021 at Ed Batista
My clients often report feeling that their needs aren't getting met in conversations with colleagues, friends or family members. This is one reason why they've chosen to work with a coach--over the course of thousands of coaching sessions since launching... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2021 at Ed Batista
Emotions matter, in countless ways. They alert us to potential opportunities and threats. They're essential inputs into the process of logical reasoning. They allow us to rapidly process vast amounts of data from multiple sources in parallel, without having to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2021 at Ed Batista
We frequently fail to take action in an organizational setting because we fear that the actions we take may result in our separation from others, or...we are afraid of being tabbed as "disloyal" or are afraid of being ostracized as... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2021 at Ed Batista
My coaching practice has always been 25% virtual, but now that it's been 100% for a year, I'm seeing a shift: More and more people are opting for phone calls over video. I'm happy to work via either medium, but... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2021 at Ed Batista
Most of my clients are CEOs of growing companies, and most of the rest are leaders in similar organizations, so the challenge of hiring is a constant theme in my practice. Two of the more complex aspects of hiring that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2021 at Ed Batista
Ample research documents the shortcomings of interviews in predicting performance. [1] The core problem is that interviewers are subject to cognitive biases that allow subjective preferences to overshadow objective assessments, which means that less qualified candidates can be hired on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2021 at Ed Batista