Expanding Personal and Business Growth Possibilities Through Disruption and Transformation
Hello, I’m Gaurav Bhalla.
Usually this section on a website is written in third person. But I’d like to break with tradition and write in first person, because I’m writing about myself. You know that.
And… because I am keen on having a conversation with you…
First, a few details about my work related journeys.
I am a vastly experienced and trusted expert in Leadership, Marketing, Innovation, Marketing, and Strategy. I have been global long before it became fashionable to talk about being global, and have served executives and organizations on 5 different continents and 30+ different countries as a speaker, trainer, consultant, and coach. My clients consider me both a thinker and a doer, equally committed to cutting edge ideas and inspiring Monday-morning action. Which is why my company is called Knowledge Kinetics, because while possessing knowledge is important, applying it to solve real-life decision problems is even more important.
I have experienced the world of work as a C-suite and multinational executive, a business consultant, entrepreneur, executive education specialist, academic, author, speaker, and coach. At the end of 2016, as a recognition my skills, reputation, and experience, I won the “2016 Executive Education Specialist of the Year” award, presented by AI Global Media, a UK-based media and information company.
A sampling of my corporate clients include Glaxo, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Capital One, Axis Bank, Citi, MetLife, Bank of America, Caterpillar, Maersk, Audi, ESSAR, Deloitte, PwC, T. Rowe Price, Randstad, Sprint, Hershey, Marriott, and Heinz.
Additionally, I have also designed and implemented executive education programs at Leading Business Schools like Georgetown, Duke, Singapore Management University, University of Maryland, GIBS-South Africa, Indian School of Business, and at Corporate Universities of companies like Glaxo, Sprint, Kodak, Hallmark, Deloitte, IBM, Boeing, and Texas Instruments.
Now a few words about where I’m headed…
Full many a gem of purest ray serene
The dark unfathom’d caves of ocean bear:
Full many a flower is born to blush unseen,
And waste its sweetness on the desert air.
The stanza above is from Thomas Hardy’s poem, “Elegy Written In A Country Churchyard.” They are the finest lines ever written on the tragedy of “unfulfilled potential.”
Which is the reason my unabashed passion, my WHY, my BECAUSE, my PURPOSE (whichever word or expression you prefer) is helping individuals, teams, and organizations maximize their growth potential by challenging the status quo.
And the platform I use for challenging the status quo is Soulful Leadership™.
Are you wondering what is Soulful Leadership™?
Soulful Leadership™ is a visionary manifesto for the 21st century. It’s the theme of my most recent book, “Awakening A Leader’s Soul: Learnings Through Immortal Poems.” A new human-centric narrative, it reimagines leadership’s purpose and rethinks its outcomes. Soulful Leadership™ contends and declares that in today’s complex, connected, and conflicted world, the humanity of leaders – who they are, what they stand for, and what they are willing to fight for – is significantly more important than their executive brilliance. Because the main purpose of leadership is not to benefit just the privileged and powerful few, but to make the world a better place, by increasing the wellbeing and prosperity of the greatest many. And this can happen only when today’s and tomorrow’s leaders learn to lead with their humanity, because while the head maybe smart, the soul is smarter and wiser.
“Gaurav’s advice not only leads to positive outcomes it also helps me fill the knowledge I lack… two months of planning were significantly modified and improved by a few sharp questions from Gaurav. ”
– CEO and Serial Entrepreneur, IT Company
“Gaurav was able to size up our business challenges very quickly from multiple perspectives – motivational, operational, and cultural… ”
– CEO, US Outsourcing Company
The World Needs More Soulful Leaders
“The book draws from an astounding breadth of stories and examples. From Confucius to contemporary writers. From political examples to sports examples. From simple folklore to Newton’s law of inertia. From Vedic thought to modern psychology. Thought-provoking and full of interesting examples, it would make a great gift for yourself, your colleagues, and your friends.”
“This is a very practical book with many real world examples of strategies that “soulful leaders” have employed to make great decisions that have benefited their organizations, customers and political objectives. If you are a leader, or view yourself as a leader in the making, it is well worth your time to read this book.”
“If you are committed to becoming a more influential leader not only at work, but also at home and worldwide, I highly recommend this book!”
“Gaurav Bhalla’s book takes a refreshingly new, wise and actionable approach to not only developing leaders, but also informing who we should be as everyday people living in this complex world.”
“Gaurav Bhalla’s book is a ‘tour de force’ in contemporary literature on the subject of Leadership and should be made required reading in business schools. An inspiring and thought provoking read that belongs on every aspiring leader’s bookshelf!”
After reading the book, the reviewer of Foreword Reviews, one of USA’s leading book review agencies, said, the world needs more Soulful Leaders. It certainly does. Leadership needs a renaissance. And if you believe that too, please get in touch. Together, I’m sure we could make a difference.
The time is now, as the great William Shakespeare reminds us:
There is a tide in the affairs of men,
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat,
And we must take the current when it serves
Or lose our ventures.