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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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It's not uncommon for a leader facing a hard decision to defer it and "kick the can down the road." This is both readily understandable and a potentially serious problem, because if they kick the can too far they reach... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2023 at Ed Batista
A theme in my practice is helping a client prepare for a tough conversation. While it's not always possible to choose the setting, when a client has the option to do so, I encourage them to consider 1) investing the... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2023 at Ed Batista
What types of interactions support well-being? Who helps us feel a sense of belonging and how? And what are the implications for our professional lives today? A body of research dating back half a century has explored the distinction between... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2023 at Ed Batista
At times a gap emerges between a leader's expectations and employees' behavior, and a theme in my practice is the question of how to close such gaps when they occur. Sometimes this entails adjusting a leader's unrealistic expectations, but most... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2023 at Ed Batista
Coaching is a way of being with others that's accessible to everyone and is by no means the exclusive purview of professional coaches. And while there are limits on the extent to which you as a leader can coach an... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2023 at Ed Batista
If you're considering forming a partnership--for a project, a team, a firm or a venture--here are three exercises to complete and an agenda to help you discuss the results. This framework is inspired by a set of questions posed by... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2023 at Ed Batista
Many of the situations we encounter in contemporary professional life take one of three cultural forms: A classroom, a church, or a cocktail party. While there are countless variations among schools, places of worship, and celebratory gatherings, we can readily... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2023 at Ed Batista
Viktor Frankl was an Austrian psychiatrist who spent the years 1942-45 in four different Nazi concentration camps, including Auschwitz. By the end of the war his pregnant wife, his parents and his brother had been murdered; among his immediate family,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2023 at Ed Batista
The subject of attention has been a preoccupation of mine since 2005, when I first began to appreciate its value and its power. [1] What we pay attention to matters, particularly for leaders, as I've noted before: A leader’s most... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2023 at Ed Batista
I believe three things to be true: We're entering an era of heightened uncertainty and instability. Leadership roles will be increasingly stressful as a result. This existence is finite, and we are mortal creatures. (You may wonder why two predictions... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2023 at Ed Batista
An observation drawn from my practice is that leaders love puzzles. So do many people, of course, but typically as an absorbing hobby. In my experience a disproportionate number of leaders exhibit an almost obsessive need to tackle and solve... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2023 at Ed Batista
Something bad happened, and there was a crisis. There are still many risks, and the situation could yet turn worse, but at the moment, catastrophe has been averted. If approached correctly, this can be a fruitful learning experience for you... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2023 at Ed Batista
In 1957 the Soviet Union launched the first satellite into orbit, known as Sputnik, which raised grave concerns in the United States and accelerated the "space race." [1] Having won election in 1960, President John F. Kennedy entered office the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2023 at Ed Batista
Coaching is a very fulfilling activity, and I feel lucky to spend all day, every day working with leaders in this capacity. But it's also very demanding, which is why I try to take good care of myself--and my practice--in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2023 at Ed Batista