222: Samuel Bacharach: Leaders listen, apologize, and move agendas

//222: Samuel Bacharach: Leaders listen, apologize, and move agendas

222: Samuel Bacharach: Leaders listen, apologize, and move agendas

Samuel Bacharach Show Notes Page

Samuel Bacharach was a new professor at Cornell and was called out for not following procedures by an office administrator. Initially, he refused to listen but then apologized for his behavior. A year and a half later, this woman helped him to negotiate a salary bonus. From then on, he built his career on the interpersonal stuff.

Samuel Bacharach was raised in Brooklyn, East New York before moving to Jamaica, Queens. Growing up in two working-class neighborhoods he had absolutely no aspiration of going to college and becoming a Cornell professor. Simply put, anyone growing up in the neighborhoods of New York during that era develops a sense of survival, a deep appreciation of what it means to be on a team, and get people on their side. In many ways the core of what Sam believes in goes back to those days.

He stumbled into his academic career at Cornell University, coming to the faculty in 1974. He is the author or editor of over 100 academic articles and 20 books. Sam has always had an interest in leaders and leadership. For him, leadership boils down to the skills of execution. In Get Them on Your Side and Keep Them on Your Side he introduced readers to the concepts of political and managerial competence.

More recently, he published The Agenda Mover and Transforming the Clunky Organization. The Agenda Mover explores the skills that leaders need to develop to get things done, and Transforming the Clunky Organization discusses the characteristics that keep organizations from thriving and meeting their potential. He is currently transitioning from his academic role to spending more time on his writing.

Sam’s legacy, as an academic and author, is that everyone can lead, and that in the final analysis, leaders are those with deep empathy, street smarts, and the political savvy to move things ahead. Charm and charisma are simply not enough. Everyone can make it if they develop some fundamental core skills.

In collaboration with his wife, Yael, he founded the Bacharach Leadership Group, which focuses on training high-potential leaders at universities and Fortune 500 companies.

Sam lives in the Chelsea neighborhood in New York City.

Tweetable Quotes and Mentions

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“The capacity to lead in life, in your career, in anything, is in your hands.” – Click to Tweet

“You’re not trapped in your personality.” – Click to Tweet

“Getting things done in leadership is in your control.” – Click to Tweet

“What’s important is our capacity to change.” – Click to Tweet

“For God sake, get something done.” – Click to Tweet

“Clunkiness and myopia cause inertia and things get stuck and a leader can’t afford to engage in that.” – Click to Tweet

“You’ve got to have the political skills and competence to move ideas through the maze of clunkiness and the over-focus of myopia.” – Click to Tweet

“As a leader you’ve got to juggle, how much space do I give them and how do I make sure they don’t squander this organization.” – Click to Tweet

“How much control do you want to have; how loose, how much autonomy do you want to give?” – Click to Tweet

“Think about leadership; what you’re really talking about is facilitative versus directive leadership.” – Click to Tweet

“The leadership challenge for you is to understand the world you live in and the context of your business.” – Click to Tweet

“Good ideas are a dime a dozen. Getting something done is difficult.” – Click to Tweet

“Good ideas are simply not enough; you’ve got to get stuff done.” – Click to Tweet

“Leaders listen, leaders apologize, but leaders also move agendas.” – Click to Tweet

“Empathy is the key to success, political success, economic success, social success.” – Click to Tweet

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Samuel Bacharach was a new professor at Cornell and was called out for not following procedures by an office administrator. Initially, he refused to listen but then apologized for his behavior. A year and a half later, this woman helped him to negotiate a salary bonus. From then on, he built his career on the interpersonal stuff.

Advice for others

Empathy is the key to everything.

Holding him back from being an even better leader

A sense of insecurity.

Best Leadership Advice

Believe in the people you work with.

Secret to Success

I know that I’m not the smartest person in the room.

Best tools in business or life

I can work with a team and I stand by context.

Recommended Reading

Big Enough to Be Inconsistent: Abraham Lincoln Confronts Slavery and Race (The W. E. B. Du Bois Lectures)

Transforming the Clunky Organization: Pragmatic Leadership Skills for Breaking Inertia (The Pragmatic Leadership Series)

The Agenda Mover: When Your Good Idea Is Not Enough (The Pragmatic Leadership Series)

Contacting Samuel Bacharach

Website: http://blg-lead.com/

email: samuel.bacharach [at] gmail.com

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/samuelbacharach/

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