Summary of From Smart to Wise

Acting and Leading with Wisdom

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Are you a wise leader? Or are you still stuck in the “red zone” or the “blue zone”?


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Leadership and innovation consultants Prasad Kaipa and Navi Radjou present a method that can add depth and dimension to your leadership capabilities in six areas. They explain the differences between “functional-smart” leaders who operate in the “blue zone” and “business-smart” leaders who operate in the “red zone.” Noting that each type has its strengths and limitations, Kaipa and Radjou explain why neither compares to the wise leader who embodies the best of both, and then some. Their manual includes a self-assessment test, a guided program for embarking on your journey toward wise leadership and examples of leaders who personify wisdom. While noting that many of their concepts are tried-and-true, getAbstract humbly suggests that this concise, highly motivational book might help you find the wisdom you seek.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What differences characterize “functional-smart” leaders in the “blue zone” from “business-smart” leaders in the “red zone,”
  • Why neither type is fully aware or engaged, and
  • How to balance your particular smartness with wiser decision making.


It’s Good to Be Wise
Some successful leaders are better at seeing the big picture, while others shine at implementing strategies and still others excel at innovation. Each approach has merit. But merely being smart no longer suffices for the challenges of “complex and uncertain times,” ...
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About the Authors

CEO adviser Prasad Kaipa is the founding executive director of the Center for Leadership, Innovation and Change at the Indian School of Business. Navi Radjou is a World Economic Forum faculty member and co-author of Jugaad Innovation.

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