Dave Lukas Chats with David Bradford
261: How to Build Exceptional Relationships with Stanford’s David Bradford
This week’s Misfit Entrepreneur is David Bradford. David is well known throughout the world for his work and development of Interpersonal Dynamics -arguably the most sought-after course at Stanford Business School. He is the Eugene O’Kelly II Senior Lecturer Emeritus in Leadership at Stanford and has been leading in his areas of expertise since 1969.
His work in Interpersonal Dynamics has been at the forefront of how to build great relationships in business and in life and David has been tapped by many of the largest companies in the world to help them in better developing their leaders and teams. He is the co-author, with Carole Robin, of the best-selling book, Connect: Building Exceptional Relationships with Family, Friends, and Colleagues. The book is in many ways the Stanford course he is so well-known for packaged in an easy to use and implement guide so anyone can put the principles to work.
And its these principles that I want to dig into today, so let’s jump in.
David did his doctoral work in social psychology with an emphasis on interpersonal group behavior. He learned how to get students working in groups of 12 to get better at interpersonal relations and was brought to Stanford to help teach this to generations. Students call it “touchy/feely.” Over the course of a semester students learn how to be more open and authentic and get it validated from their peers. The experience is often transformation for students. After succeeding for so many years, David and his co-author, Carol decided that they could help people build powerful relationships on a larger scale by putting their process into a book, Connect.
What is Interpersonal Dynamics?
What is an exceptional relationship and what are the characteristics of them?
Is there one of the dimensions that is harder to achieve in a relationship?
At the 11 min mark, David tells the story of how he and Carol had a falling out and used the dimensions to repair their relationship.
What are some of the things people should be doing to put their relationships on a path toward exceptional?
You worked with and advised some of the biggest companies in the world include top Silicon Valley startups, where are some of the biggest challenges in most companies when it comes to building better relationships?
At an individual leader level, what are things they should thinking about when interacting 1:1?
What do you see in the great leaders you’ve worked with on how they balance being a leader and being a friend?
Any practices or habits leader embody that help them learn to get better?
What works or mentors have influenced you most in your career?
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