Moving leaders from Smart to Wise: Interview with Dr. Prasad Kaipa

screen-shot-2015-08-30-at-11-31-51-am-250x250What’s the difference between a smart leader and a wise leader and how can we all take steps towards greater wisdom?

Dr. Prasad Kaipa is a Silicon Valley-based CEO advisor and coach who addressed these questions in his book: From Smart to Wise: Acting and Leading with Wisdom written with co-author Navi Radjou.

With a Ph.D. in physics, Prasad worked with Apple Computer in international marketing before being selected to become to become an Apple research fellow.  He researched how people think, learning, create, innovate, relate, communicate and lead.

Prasad 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. You can find him at or his firm

Highlights from the interview:

“Wisdom is grounded in practice. Knowledge is grounded in intellect.”

“Take one action a day – to expand your wisdom wherever you start…”

“Smartness can dominate and kill the wisdom.”


The idea of unlearning…and learning about wisdom from anyone.

Developing a beginner’s mind…

“Core incompetence comes from the biggest success that you’ve had because that will prevent you from a bigger success next time.”


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