ISBN 9788184003710,From Smart to Wise : Acting and Leading with Wisdom

From Smart to Wise : Acting and Leading with Wisdom


Random House

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Random House

Publication Year 2013

ISBN 9788184003710

ISBN-10 8184003714

Hard Back

Number of Pages 352 Pages
Language (English)


A fresh and timely approach to nurturing wise, resilient, and flexible leadership in a world of growing complexity

Leaders insist on sticking to the time-tested formulae of either functional leadership that focusses on operational excellence or smart leadership that focusses on growth. When a leader's focus is too functional, the organization becomes introverted and can focus too much on bottom line profitability while missing out on topline growth opportunities. But when leaders focus too much on smart leadership, the organization may experience quick growth but lose its effectiveness quickly. To strike a fine balance between From Smart to Wise provides a fresh and timely approach to nurturing wise, resilient, and flexible leadership in a world of growing complexity.

Drawing on inspiring real-life stories of historical and contemporary wise leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffet the authors identify six characteristics of wise leaders and offer a practical framework to help readers develop their own style of wise leadership that is both functional and smart.

About the AuthorPrasad Kaipa is a Silicon Valley-based CEO advisor and coach. He was the founding executive director of the Center for Leadership, Innovation and Change at the Indian School of Business and Smith Richardson Fellow at Center for Creative Leadership (2010-11). He is known for integrating management with scientific principles and spiritual perspectives in his coaching and writing. Prasad worked with global 500 companies for past 22 years. Prasad regularly blogs on HBR site.

Navi Radjou is an innovation and leadership strategist based in Silicon Valley. He is a Fellow at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, and a World Economic Forum (WEF) faculty member. He is a member of WEFs Global Agenda Council on Design Innovation and a regular columnist on Harvard Business Navi is co-author of the bestseller Jugaad Innovation: Think Frugal, Be Flexible, Generate Breakthrough Growth ( The Economist calls it the most comprehensive book yet to appear on the subject of frugal innovation.