The BLG Pragmatic Leadership™ Series is published by the Cornell University Press and each volume is practitioner orientated, academically grounded, and emphasizes specific skills of execution that leaders at all levels need to master. Upcoming volumes will focus on innovation, negotiation, agile teams, and leading with empathy.



Samuel Bacharach, the McKelvey-Grant Professor at Cornell University, is the cofounder of the New York City–based Bacharach Leadership Group. He is the author of more than twenty books and numerous academic articles. With his colleagues at BLG, Bacharach develops and delivers training programs that enhance the core skills of pragmatic leadership, focusing on leadership as execution. Among his previous books are Get Them on Your Side and Keep Them on Your Side. He is a frequent speaker on the topic of leadership, and he is a regular columnist for Inc.

Reviews & Testimonials


"Professor Bacharach takes the abstract concept of leadership and provides a practical guide to producing results in the modern organization. The Agenda Mover clearly explains how the combination of technical competence and political acumen can be used to make a great idea reality. This is a must read for every executive."

Rob Manfred

Commissioner, Major League Baseball


"We encounter a lot of leadership experts at Inc., but no one cuts through the hoo-haw surrounding the topic as brilliantly―or as entertainingly―as Sam. Readers of The Agenda Mover come away realizing that the core of leadership isn't the 'vision thing’ or the ‘charisma thing.’ It’s the execution thing. Leaders who follow Sam’s precepts don’t waste time on flash. Instead they acquire that one essential but all-too-rare attribute of effective leadership: They get things done."

Eric Schurenberg

President and Editor-in-Chief, Inc. Media


"Innovation and ideation are both very popular given the current business climate, but these alone are insufficient without pairing them with the ability to work great ideas through the maze of the organization. The Agenda Mover uniquely focuses on the critical skills of execution to unleash these great ideas. If you really want your organization to become more innovative, you need to read this book to ensure you can transform the innovative ideas into action plans that will change your organization."

Andy Doyle

Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, OppenheimerFunds