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edbatista
San Francisco, CA
Executive coach, Lecturer @StanfordBiz, contributor @HarvardBiz
Interests: Executive coaching, self-coaching, leadership, management, communication, group dynamics, organizational culture, neuroscience, positive psychology
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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 6 days ago at Ed Batista
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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 7 days ago at Ed Batista
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
In 2013-14 I had the privilege of coaching Tere Pérez, a second-year MBA student in Stanford's Leadership Fellows program, and she created this simple but powerful exercise to help the group of first-year students she was coaching better understand how... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2019 at Ed Batista
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I didn't coin the title of this post, and I wish I could remember where I heard it first, because it does come up frequently in my coaching practice. When we suspect we're not headed in the right direction, we... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2019 at Ed Batista
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When we're in a leadership role or a position of authority, we're faced with the task of both holding people accountable and empathizing with their difficulties (some of which we've caused), and how the members of a given group respond... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2019 at Ed Batista
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One of the responsibilities of leadership is deciding what information to share with your employees. As I've written before, "Leaders must handle significant amounts of confidential information with discretion and tact while maintaining others' trust." [1] While current management practice... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2019 at Ed Batista
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Someone once shared with me how they assessed people, and it's stayed with me for years. They would simply ask four questions: Do I like you? Do I respect you? Would I recommend you for a job? Would I follow... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2019 at Ed Batista
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You're a leader at a growing company who feels a great deal of responsibility to help your employees and colleagues solve problems. You're skilled at spotting trouble early, identifying a solution quickly, and implementing it with vigor, and this has... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2019 at Ed Batista
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Not every end is a goal. The end of a melody is not its goal. But nonetheless, had the melody not reached its end it would not have reached its goal either. ~Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human [1] You're a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2019 at Ed Batista
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We tend to think about change in broad, sweeping terms. We grow dissatisfied with some aspect of our lives or ourselves and we proclaim that THINGS WILL BE DIFFERENT FROM NOW ON. But having coached hundreds of senior leaders and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2019 at Ed Batista
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Amy discovered the photo above a few weeks ago, and it's stirred up a host of memories from a pivotal period in my life that I feel compelled to document here--I don't expect anyone to read all this, but I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2019 at Ed Batista
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We've evolved to think extensively about other people and to be keenly attuned to competitive dynamics. This gives us a tremendous advantage as a species--but can leave us deeply unhappy as individuals. What can we do about it? We think... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2019 at Ed Batista
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The value of rest is a major theme in my coaching practice, and I talk with leaders on a regular basis about how to replenish themselves while pursuing demanding and often-stressful career paths. I began thinking more deliberately about rest... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2019 at Ed Batista
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The gods had condemned Sisyphus to ceaselessly rolling a rock to the top of a mountain, whence the stone would fall back of its own weight. They had thought with some reason that there is no more dreadful punishment than... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2018 at Ed Batista
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I owe an immense debt to so many authors whose military service influenced their writing, which in turn expanded my perspective not only on war but on the nature of life itself. Among this group Kurt Vonnegut--born on this day... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2018 at Ed Batista
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If you know someone who's about to enter the working world--particularly an undergraduate embarking upon a job search or a recent grad beginning a professional role--I highly recommend these two books. Art of the Job Search: A Step-by-Step Guide to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2018 at Ed Batista
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The difficult work of emotion management--which entails both awareness of and regulation of our feelings--lies at the heart of much of what I do as a coach and experiential educator. The issues my clients and students wrestle with obviously have... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2018 at Ed Batista