Mastering the Skills of
Pragmatic Leadership™

BLG will give your leaders the specific skills needed to become Pragmatic Leaders™
and turn ideas into results.

Now is the time to master new leadership skills.

Uncertainty and changing expectations demand pragmatic leaders who have the skills to proactively move agendas

In a fluid uncertain world, working in complex often multifaceted, competitive  and siloed organizations,  BLG uniquely focuses on those interpersonal, political and  behavioral skills that will allow , discovery and delivery.

The Pragmatic Leadership™ Model

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:

Results and Benefits

BLG’s leadership training will deliver real business impact to your organization by:

  • Enhance leadership empathy
  • Establish leader’s self awareness
  • Strengthen collaborative culture
  • Establish a culture of partnership
  • Enrich cross silo dialogue
  • Overcome resistance to change
  • Get beyond the trap of Organizational hierarchy
  • Establish all leaders as coaches
  • Lead and coach up, down and across

News & Announcements

Collaboration with OFC

The BLG Pragmatic Leadership program teaches leaders to be Agenda Movers.

Our training modules, Published books and facilitative workshops have introduced many organizations to the core skills of Political and Managerial Competencies that are necessary for moving ideas in organizations.

In an effort to expand our platform, we are now partnering with OFC ( Armed with strong technical capability and expertise in creative and strategic multimedia communications, OFC provides BLG with the technology and platform to collaborate in pursuing our common interest of helping organizations thrive. BLG is excited about working with Jordan Berman, OFC Founder & CEO, and his talented team, as we elevate and expand this partnership going forward.

Unique experience in virtual training

BLG is unique in having two decades of virtual training experience. At BLG we understand that virtual training depends on quality content but will succeed only with engagement and interaction. Virtual training has to be content rich, synchronist and intimate.

BLG’s team has 15 years experience developing on line courses in partnership with e Cornell. Now, in the context of the challenges and demands, BLG team has integrated its pragmatic Leadership training series into a modularized synchronist learning experience which can be tailored quickly for content and time to be aligned with your organizational needs. 

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Become a Pragmatic Leader

Via Association for Talent Development

Training People To Move Your Agenda


Agenda Activators

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Partnering with Cisco, BLG assisted in developing the Cisco Innovation Academy—a global program with both online and offline content. BLG face-to-face workshops were delivered in Bangalore, Tel Aviv, and North Carolina. Video presentations and interactive webinars were also provided to program participants.

Giving High-Potentials to Lead for Change & Innovation

SunGard, a leader in financial services and public sector software and services, used the BLG model to train it’s High-Potentials To Lead for Innovation, Create Change, And Move Agendas In a Solution Driven Organization. To date, over 100 individuals from across the globe in charge of each of SunGard’s key businesses have been trained using the tools provided by BLG. The intensive workshops focused on the critical skills that could move SunGard forward with a special emphasis on developing the leadership skills necessary to enhance collaboration and lead for innovation and change results for SunGard globally.

Leading for the Agile University

BLG developed Leading Cornell—a program designed to train Cornell University’s high-potential leaders to meet the challenges of the 21st century. With austerity planning and other issues facing higher education, the BLG model was an effective way of focusing emerging leaders on the context of the change in the university setting, learn how to come up with new ideas, and understand how to move ideas forward. Both administrative and academic leaders participated in the Leading Cornell program, providing the university with a coherent leadership mindset across organizational units.

Leading for IT Transformation

BLG presented a targeted workshop at Warner Music focusing on the behavioral skills IT leaders as they radically transformed their IT platform from a “fix it” mindset to a consultative mindset. BLG supplied Warner Music’s IT leaders with the ideational, political, and managerial skills necessary to build deep relationships across organizational units and with their internal and external clients.

Leading for Innovation:
The Skills of Execution

Working with Mindtree, a multinational IT and services consulting firm, BLG applied its model to address those unique challenges faced by the tech industry as it moves from products and specific services, to solutions and deep customer relationships. The BLG model was used to enhance the capacity of Mindtree leaders to partner with customers for innovation, to lead internal teams for ideation and prototyping, and to have the political competence to get the buy-in and mobilize support to assure results.

Leading in The New UVA

BLG worked with University of Virginia’s organizational design and leadership experts to deliver a program that would enhance the cooperative, innovative, and agile skills across university units. The intent of the program was to build on UVA’s strong academic culture and sense of purpose by giving the high potentials, from deans of academic affairs to division heads of maintenance and administrators of the medical school, the skills they need to create “the new UVA.”

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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. Thank you BLG.

Andrew Williams Senior Vice President, Capital Markets Services SunGard Financial System

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