The Pragmatic Leadership™ model was developed by Professor Samuel B. Bacharach, Co-Founder of Bacharach Leadership Group (BLG), during a span of 30 years, fusing academic rigor and real-world relevance. Bacharach, the McKelvey-Grant Emeritus Professor at Cornell University, decoded the skills by which pragmatic leaders break organizational inertia and move agendas to get things done. This framework was enhanced by psychotherapist, executive coach and BLG Co-Founder, Yael S. Bacharach, whose work on coaching skills has been critical in helping leaders manage their teams and translate ideas into execution. BLG’s proven methodology, outlined in the Pragmatic Leadership™ book series, is about leading for discovery and delivery across 4 critical competencies:
The 4 competencies are pillars of the BLG Pragmatic Leadership™ training experience for established and emerging leaders. BLG’s comprehensive approach to training is tailored to the needs of the organization, across a range of modalities: intensive retreats, onsite workshops, virtual learning, and asynchronous learning. Learning happens during BLG’s 3-phase program enabled by a talented team of practitioners and academic researchers:
Together with OFC, BLG will explore your leadership talent needs, define core competencies, and deliver a program that gives your leaders the tools to analyze challenges, devise innovative solutions, and get things done.
BUILDING AN INNOVATION ACADEMY
BLG assisted in developing the Cisco Innovation Academy spanning in-person workshops at locations in Bangalore, Tel Aviv, and North Carolina, along with video presentations and interactive webinars.
LEADING FOR IT TRANSFORMATION
BLG presented a targeted workshop for IT leaders at Warner Music to expand the ideational, political, and managerial skills necessary to radically transform their IT platform.
LEADING IN THE NEW UVA
BLG worked with University of Virginia’s organizational design and leadership experts to deliver a program for high potentials that enhanced their cooperative, innovative, and agile skills needed to create ”the new UVA.”
“[BLG] are exceptional in aligning their leadership skills training with the specific needs of a business. They work as true, true partners. They are an exceptionally talented group.” Gianpaolo Barozzi. Director, HR Talent Management Career Development – Cisco
“BLG’s trainers…shared insights which gave me new perspectives on how to achieve great results in business…as a result a $1M opportunity for my company has now become several times larger. Thanks you BLG.” Andrew Williams. SVP, Capital Markets Services – SunGard Financial System
“I would like to thank the BLG team; they did an absolutely amazing job; there was a kind of magic in both sessions; a magic that I could only explain by its extreme simplicity and at the same time its fabulous power…I have left the meetings with a nice cocktail of techniques that promptly helped me in improving my Leadership skills.”Adel Torjmen. Managing Director, Tunis STS Center Global Trading Chief Architect – SunGard
“Old habits die hard but having participated in a series of BLG leadership trainings, I’m surprised on a daily basis how quickly I’ve been able to adopt their deeper definition of coaching. My conversations with peers, direct reports, and my supervisor have changed for the better! Negotiating with other departments are no longer fraught.” Tom Cardamone. HR Director of Staff Development & Training – Housing Works
Everyone is capable of coming up with a good idea, but a good idea without execution is hallucination. Leaders, including politicians and corporate officers, are those who have mastered the pragmatic skills that turn creative, innovative ideas into concrete realities. They are able to transform promises into results. The Agenda Mover leads you on the journey from having a good idea to bringing it to fruition. You will master the political competence to assure that your ideas gain momentum and achieve true traction. You will learn what it takes to go the distance to sustain your campaign and achieve your goals. Rather than dreaming about what could happen, you will become an agenda mover who gets things done and makes things happen.
In Transforming the Clunky Organization Samuel B. Bacharach specifies why organizations fall into patterns of inertia and details the critical pragmatic leadership skills leaders need to regain organizational momentum. Bacharach argues that in order to achieve their potential, organizations need to be perpetually involved in two activities. The first is discovery―organizational leaders need to continuously explore new opportunities and transfer new insights into new products, processes, and directions. The second is delivery―organizational leaders need to be able to mobilize support for ideas, sustain and drive these ideas forward, and achieve results. Successful discovery and delivery allows organizations to truly thrive and continuously meet their potential.
An acknowledged expert in the field of management and organizational behavior offers advice on building political capital, in a guide for managers searching for ways to gain support and allies for their ideas and initiatives.