In this show, David Bradford discussed his book Connect. He shared a transformative way to build fulfilling relationships with colleagues, friends, partners, and family, based on the landmark Interpersonal Dynamics (“Touchy-Feely”) course at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business

David Bradford is the Eugene O’Kelly II Senior Lecturer in Leadership at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. He was the primary developer of the most popular elective that over 85% of students take and frequently report as “life-changing” and “transformative” and alumni regularly report using decades after graduation. This course is the basis of their new book CONNECT: Building Exceptional Relationships with Family, Friends, and Colleagues.”

David’s Book:
Connect: Building Exceptional Relationships with Family, Friends, and Colleagues by David Bradford Ph.D. and Carole Robin Ph.D.

Discussion Timeline:
1:21 David’s journey to studying relationships.
4:45 Maturity model around relationship building.
6:29 Key indicators of a healthy relationship.
8:33 The anatomy of conflict from an organizational perspective.
11:09 On some of the obvious fixes that relationships need.
15:58 How look beyond our own reality and embrace the perspective of another?
19:00 How can people with different belief systems coexist amicably?
23:08 How can a company develop exceptional relationships with its employees?
28:08:00 Handling bias in developing healthy relationships.
30:50:00 How can a culturally diverse workforce build good relationships?
34:57:00 Defining conflict.
38:28:00 Importance of having a third person’s perspective in a conflict situation.
43:04:00 Can conflict resolve itself between individuals or there’s a requirement for a coach?
44:14:00 Coaching relationship management in a virtual environment.
47:59:00 Examples of companies investing in building good relationships.
52:35:00 Can the Stanford relationship program be scaled up to a global level?
56:51:00 The ideal reader for “Connect”.
59:53:00 Rapid fire with David.
1:08:05 David’s success mantra.
1:10:14 David’s favorite reads.
1:11:34 Closing remarks.

Stage 1: Lead-in
1. Starter: Give your starter pitch 1 point that this book points to:
2. Vishal briefly introduce guest

Stage 2: Subject Matter Expertise
3. What encouraged you to study connection/relationship?
4. Tell us more about your course?
5. Why start such a course?
6. What is the state of relationships in the age of social media?
7. What has last year taught us about the strength and applicability of our relationships?

Stage 3: Introduction as an author
8. Why write connect?
9. What are some misconceptions about relationships?
10. Who is an ideal reader for the book?
11. What are some suggestions you could provide to someone to build stronger connections?
12. What we get wrong about connection?
13. How would you define “exceptional?”
14. These make sense, but can’t they be risky
15. You say that “feedback is a gift” but most people don’t think so.
16. Most people fear conflict, but you say that it can actually build relationships

Stage 4: Rapid Fire [Say what comes to your mind]
17 a. #Social Media
17 b. #Emotional Quotient
17 c. #IQ
17 d. #Growth
17 e. #Culture
17 f. #Mental Health
17 g. #Disruption
17 h. #JobsOfFuture
17 i. #FutureofRelationships
17 j. #Connection

Stage 5: Closing
18. What are 1-3 best practices that you think are the key to success in your journey?
19. Do you have any favorite read?
20. As a closing remark, what would you like to tell our audience?

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