Dr. David Bradford is Eugene O’Kelly II Senior Lecturer Emeritus in Leadership at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Along with Carole Robin, he's taught interpersonal skills to MBA candidates for a combined seventy-five years in their legendary course Interpersonal Dynamics (affectionately known to generations of students as “Touchy-Feely”) and they have coached and consulted hundreds of executives for decades.
In their book, "Connect: Building Exceptional Relationships with Family, Friends, and Colleagues," they show readers how to take their relationships from shallow to exceptional by cultivating authenticity, vulnerability, and honesty, while being willing to ask for and offer help, share a commitment to growth, and deal productively with conflict. He has written several other books including, “Influencing Up” and "Reinventing Organization Development: New Approaches to Change in Organizations."
Inside This Episode
Building Exceptional Relationships
Why We Often Struggle To Build Solid Connections With Other People
How To Say Anything To Almost Anybody
Getting Back to Choice in Responsibility
The Danger of Attribution
The Sliding Scale Of Authenticity and Vulnerability
Preventing Major Conflicts Before They Occur
How To Handle Disagreement
Strengthening Relationships Through Disagreements
Delivering Effective Feedback To Colleagues And Employees
Testing The Waters Before Managing Up
Role-Modeling Excellence As a Leader