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From Smart to Wise: Acting and Leading with Wisdom Hardcover – 16 Apr 2013
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"With examples from today's best leaders, Kaipa and Radjou have created a practical guide for accelerating your own wise leadership development, a true competitive advantage in today's rapidly changing world. We can all benefit from the self-reflection that From Smart to Wise encourages. By defining our unique 'noble purpose, ' we can bring about meaningful change and progress in our companies, communities, and society."
--Indra K. Nooyi, chairman and CEO, PepsiCo, Inc.
"From Smart to Wise teaches the importance of working together and shows that everyone can contribute to making the world a better place."
--Alan Mulally, president and CEO, Ford Motor Company
"We are entering a new era of 'conscious capitalism' in which enlightened organizations will strive to serve a higher purpose that transcends profit maximization. This thought-provoking book proposes pragmatic pathways for smart leaders to become wise leaders who will run the conscious businesses of tomorrow."
--John Mackey, co-CEO and cofounder, Whole Foods Market
"An invaluable guide to negotiating leadership in a world that expects both reflection and decisive action from the C-suite. This enjoyable book reminds us that leadership success requires continual communication, motivation, and connection to a meaningful purpose."
--Beth Comstock, chief marketing officer, GE
"Leaders can't rely on smartness alone to solve the complex issues and paradoxes they face today. This seminal book shows how leaders across sectors can cultivate practical wisdom and use it to create sustainable value for all stakeholders."
--Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman, the World Economic Forum
"In a leadership landscape of greater volatility, uncertainty, and public attention, the wisdom conveyed by Kaipa and Radjou in From Smart to Wise will prove invaluable for any executive seeking lasting impact and fulfillment."
--Dominic Barton, global managing director, McKinsey & Company
"Few developments for leadership are more important in today's world than learning how to blend eastern wisdom traditions with western pragmatism. From Smart to Wise is an immensely practical guide for those who are serious about their development as leaders."
--Peter Senge, founding chair, Society for Organizational Learning; New York Times best-selling author, The Fifth Discipline
"Kaipa and Radjou remind us that at the top of the intelligence hierarchy isn't the individual genius but the genius maker who has the wisdom to lead for the common good and evoke the best in others. The path from smart to wise should be the aspiration of all who lead in the knowledge economy."
--Liz Wiseman, Wall Street Journal best-selling author, Multipliers
"Developing wisdom can turn a long and arduous trip into a compelling, sustainable, and inspiring leadership journey. Read this fascinating book and let it teach you the tools you'll need to go from smart to wise!"
--Marshall Goldsmith, New York Times best-selling author, MOJO and What Got You Here Won't Get You There
"From Smart to Wise is a practical and powerful book that reminds us of the ultimate destination of our leadership journeys: wisdom earned through experience and shared in service of others. Even better, Prasad Kaipa and Navi Radjou offer a step-by-step road map for getting there, complete with real-world examples sure to inspire and challenge us along the way."
--John R. Ryan, president and CEO, Center for Creative Leadership
"This extraordinary book takes the intangible concept of wisdom and brings it to life, giving it context and ways for us to practice wise leadership in our daily lives. Kaipa and Radjou show us how to connect with other leaders in today's interdependent world to cocreate a field of wise leadership. You must read From Smart to Wise. It is a journey worth taking."
--Cynthia Cherrey, president, the International Leadership Association; vice president, Princeton University
"Getting from smart to wise is the most important leadership challenge of the twenty-first century. Prasad Kaipa and Navi Radjou offer a guidebook to this transformation, one that any leader will find of great use."
--Daniel Goleman, author, Emotional Intelligence
"From Smart to Wise is a good example of what it talks about. It is wise, clear, and grounded in real experience. It reminds us that our humanity is the key to success in business, and also that a purpose greater than profit is needed to create a world that is fulfilling as well as productive."
--Peter Block, author, Stewardship and Abundant Community
"From Smart to Wise is a very timely and unique book. Kaipa and Radjou offer us a pathway to evolve from behaving smartly to acting and leading wisely, extending benefits of wise leadership not only to ourselves and our companies but also to our societies."
--Jeff Smith, CEO and cofounder, LUNAR Design
"From Smart to Wise is the book managers from all walks of life and in all institutions ought to read. Kaipa and Radjou credibly and convincingly make the point that smartness is no longer sufficient to be sustainably successful today and provide those interested in becoming wise leaders with a useful road map."
--Dr. Klaus M. Leisinger, chairman, Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development
"Ordinary organizations become extraordinary organizations when some wise leaders embrace the collective good and invite others to do the same. From Smart to Wise is a magnificent book about how to become a person of wisdom and influence."
--Robert E. Quinn, professor, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan; author, Deep Change
"Kaipa and Radjou have spent most of their lives bringing the wisdom traditions to bear on the art of business. From Smart to Wise offers depth, context, and timeless tools to lift the mechanical into the noble, marrying the practical and the compassionate--a rare, effective, uplifting companion."
--Mark Nepo, best-selling author, Seven Thousand Ways to Listen and The Book of Awakening
"From Smart to Wise is a game changer! Read it to find how to apply practical wisdom in your business. Use the framework in this book to create your own wise leadership road map--and you too can become a highly effective leader like Warren Buffett, Ratan Tata, and Alan Mulally."
--Professor Theodore R. Malloch, Yale University; director, The Academy of Business in Society; and author, Doing Virtuous Business
From the Inside Flap
Smart people impress us with their intellectual power and uncanny ability to achieve their goals. But smartness alone is not always sufficient to keep leaders out of trouble and sustain their success over time. In From Smart to Wise, CEO advisor and coach Prasad Kaipa and strategy consultant Navi Radjou propose a different and counterintuitive approach to leadership that goes beyond optimizing "smartness."
Wise leadership, the authors argue, means cultivating a broader perspective and responding to external events with discernment, flexibility, and authenticity. It's the foundation for lasting success.
Kaipa and Radjou identify six capabilities that all leaders, both smart and wise, share--perspective, action orientation, role clarity, decision logic, fortitude, and motivation. Wise leaders optimize those capabilities, becoming better able to:
- switch from a narrow focus on operation or strategy to a more holistic perspective;
- act both authentically and appropriately in any context;
- know when to lead from the front and when to step back and let others lead;
- make intuitive decisions that are both ethically sound and utterly pragmatic;
- show true courage under fire, knowing when to hold and when to fold;
- act consistently out of enlightened self-interest, creating value for both shareholders and society.
From Smart to Wise offers a practical framework--and personalized tools--for you to operate consciously as a wise leader every day.
Based on Kaipa and Radjou's extensive research and consulting experience over twenty years, From Smart to Wise draws on real-life stories of leaders such as Alan Mulally (CEO, Ford), Sam Palmisano (former CEO, IBM), Bill Gates, Indra Nooyi (CEO, PepsiCo), Ratan Tata (former chairman, Tata Group), John Mackey (co-CEO, Whole Foods), and Tim Cook (CEO, Apple). Filled with thought-provoking advice and insight, From Smart to Wise will help leaders at all levels nurture a resilient and balanced leadership style that is essential to succeed in our complex world.See all Product description
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Kaipa and Radjou identify and discuss six capabilities that twenty-first century business leaders can use to cultivate wise leadership. The challenge is to evolve from a smart leader (in a blue or red zone) to a wise leader (in what I guess could be called a "green" zone in which the best of blue and of red are combined. Those who complete this process have discovered their noble purpose, acted authentically and appropriately, learned when to lead and when to let others lead, make decisions with discernment, know when (as the Gambler does) ""when to hold `em and when to fold `em," and cultivates enlightened self-interest.
These are among the dozens of passages that caught my eye, also listed to suggest the scope of Kaipa and Navi Radjou `s coverage:
o Red Zone and Blue Zone: Defining Characteristics and Limitations (Page 6-9 and 118-119)
o The Six Leadership Capabilities (14-16)
o The Path of Wise Leadership (18-20 and 24-27)
o The Wise Leader's Perspective, and, A Mindful Mind-Set (36-37 and 50-52)
o How Wise Leaders Act (71-77)
o Bridging the Integrity Gap (77-81)
o How Wise Leaders Demonstrate Role Clarity, and, Role Clarity and Becoming a Wise Leader (95-101)
o The Neurobiology and Psychology of Making Decisions (115-124)
o Wise Leaders Display Flexible Fortitude (145-149)
o Smart Leaders and Self-Interest, and, Wise Leaders Are Driven to Help Others (158-164)
o Cultivating Leadership Wisdom Across Social Systems (183-203)
o Wise Leadership in a Complex World (203-205)
Readers will also find what these "Self-Assessments" reveal to be of incalculable value:
o "From Smart to Wise Leadership" (20-24)
o "Finding Your North Star" (46-47)
o "Red Zone" (comparison contrast with blue on 6, 58)
o "Blue Zone (58-59)
o Determining the purpose and meaning of your initiatives (173-175)
Kaipa and Radjou identify several wise leaders in the contemporary business world, including Warren Buffett, Narayana Murphy, Ratan Tata, and Oprah Winfrey, who what "found ways to apply practical wisdom in their businesses and made their companies highly successful." However, with all due respect to them and other celebrated men and women, Kaipa and Radjou are convinced, as am I, that in almost any organization (whatever its size and nature may be), there are leaders and high-potential prospects for leadership who can also master the six capabilities during a rigorous process of personal growth as well as professional development.
In my view, this book poses two separate but related, indeed interdependent challenges: To become a wise leader and, meanwhile, do everything possible to help others to do so, "to find their authentic selves, creating a [community] of wise leadership to help unleash collective wisdom for the greater good." I congratulate Prasad Kaipa and Navi Radjou on a brilliant achievement. Bravo!
I have made this a 3 star review based on my expectation rather than my experience.
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From Smart to Wise is clearly about leadership in all situations not just business. Its simple universal message underscores the dearth of true leadership in the world today and why at every level humanity, and our habitat (Earth), needs wise leaders. Whether it is about gang violence, rape and misogyny, racism, government, business and sports corruption, safety nets for the poorest among us or alternatives to fearful, arrogant militarism, we must become more accountable, more humble and more able to speak our truth without fear of recrimination. From Smart to Wise gives us a wisdom template and grounds each concept in easy-to-read examples of how smart people have become wise or have missed the opportunity. I recommend this to all business people, politicians, administrators and parents. The time has never been more urgent for all of us to raise our game.
Right from the get-go the authors create a solid framework of two poles of leadership (Red and Blue) and then provide six leadership capabilities that can help you with your journey towards being a Wise leader. They have gone through great pains to explain clearly what a Wise leader is and does, so it leaves no doubt in the reader's mind about what being Wise is! The book is full of stories of people's leadership transformation from contemporaneous and everyday names. These narratives weave a tapestry of compelling anecdotes that help you realize that the journey from Smart to Wise is a process of self-discovery, self-awareness, and discipline, which require deep introspection and an ability to see beyond the immediate, transactional, and personal priorities most of us deal with.
The authors also provide many tools to assess where you fit in the continuum between the Red and the Blue opposites and where you are in your journey to being a Wise leader. It is not just a book that you read and put away, but it is something every leader must read and re-read until they are able to practice being a Wise leader!
The authors have worked extensively with leading companies such as Apple and others and have helped hundreds of business executives over decades to become better leaders. They bring deep expertise to their field, which shows throughout this superb book that is filled with tremendous wisdom and illustrations.
The book describes how to develop the six capabilities that are needed for wise leadership. It will help you recognize your higher purpose and act in ways that are authentic to it. It will also help you acquire greater clarity about your role and how to make decisions, enable you to persist while being flexible, understand what motivates you, as well as make you a better partner in working with others.
What I also really like about the book are the terrific examples of dozens of wise leaders that fill every chapter. They beautifully illustrate the concepts and show how you can utilize them for your own leadership.
I especially like the easy way in which the book reads. The sentences and paragraphs are crisp and to the point and the text stays focused on how you can apply the knowledge to your own situation.
The book is a pioneering contribution to the emerging field of wise leadership. It provides a roadmap for the individual change that is necessary for business and capitalism to better serve the needs of humanity. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to become a better business leader.