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David Bradford

David Bradford (650) 723-4918
Personal bio
David Bradford is the Eugene O'Kelly II Emeritus Senior Lecturer in Leadership at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University. He received his B.A. in Psychology from Oberlin College in 1960 and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan in 1966. After graduation, he was Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1966-1969. In 1969, he came to Stanford University to join the Graduate School of Business. His research and consulting has focused on the question "what does it take for individuals and teams to achieve high performance?" This has led to developing new approaches to leadership that release the potential within organizations. In addition to numerous articles, he is co-author (with Allan R. Cohen) of the best selling books Managing for Excellence: The Guide to Developing High Performance in Contemporary Organizations (1984), Influence Without Authority (1990, revised 2005) and Power Up; Transforming Organizations Through Shared Leadership (1998). (All published by John Wiley & Sons.) He co-authored (with W.W. Burke) Reinventing Organization Development (2005; published by Pfeiffer/Wiley). He has helped develop three executive training programs in conjunction with Wilson Learning Corporation, ODI, and Ninth House. Dr. Bradford has lectured at and consulted for a range of organizations in the private sector including Frito-Lay, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Levi Strauss & Co., McKinsey & Co. Raychem, Starbucks, Genentech, as well as in such not-for-profit organizations as The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, The Art Gallery of Ontario, The Detroit Institute of Art, The Getty Museum, and The Whitney Museum of American Art.

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