Gaurav Bhalla, Ph. D. is a globally acclaimed ‘thinker-doer’ and trusted expert in Leadership, Strategy, Marketing, and Innovation. A provocative, charismatic, and entertaining speaker, trainer, and coach, he delivers insight-packed audience experiences that take organizations, teams, and individuals on transformational journeys of greater professional success and personal fulfillment.

In his 40+ years of global experience – 5 continents, 30+ countries – he has worked with a variety of clients, large and small, for-profit and not-for-profit companies in several sectors, such as Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Technology, and Financial services. A sampling of his clients includes companies such as, Glaxo, Capital One, Citi, Deloitte, EY, Audi, Marriott, Hershey, EchoStar, Maersk, and Caterpillar.

In addition, Gaurav has also designed and implemented executive education programs at Corporate Universities of companies, such as Glaxo, Sprint, Kodak, Hallmark, Deloitte, IBM, Boeing, and Texas Instruments, and at leading Business Schools like Georgetown, Duke, Singapore Management University, University of Maryland, GIBS-South Africa, Indian School of Business.

In 2016, he won a global award, Executive Education Specialist of the Year, in recognition of his speaking and training services. Published in both business and literature, his leading-edge thinking is reflected in his HBR article, “Rethinking Marketing,” and his latest book, “Awakening A Leader’s Soul: Learnings Through Immortal Poems,” which presents a new human-centric narrative of leadership, “Soulful LeadershipTM,” for reimagining leadership’s purpose and reshaping its outcomes.

Currently the CEO of Knowledge Kinetics, he has held senior management and C-level positions in Marketing, Strategy, and Innovation at P&G (Richardson Vicks), Nestle, and TNS Worldwide.

What makes Gaurav unique are his growth mindset, his diversity of thinking and experience, his passion for action, and his WHY – his purpose – that values the humanity of people more than their executive brilliance.

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Igniting Creativity With Cognitive Diversity

Gaurav Bhalla

In a complex world, everyone in an organization thinking, talking, and acting the same way is a recipe for disaster. Just like fire is often fought with fire, complexity without can only be tamed and tackled by complexity within. In short, in a complex world, the effectiveness of executive decisions related to growth and the future wellbeing and prosperity of organizations is enhanced not by “collaboration built on homogeneity and sameness,” but by a “vibrant culture of collaboration powered by creative friction and cognitive diversity.”

This workshop is unique and different, because it is one-of-a-kind.
1. There are very few, if any, competitive workshops that address the critical topic of igniting creativity with cognitive diversity.
2. While diversity is a hot topic, majority of the discussion on diversity stops at demographic and lifestyle differences, like ethnicity, race, gender, and age. This workshop extends this discussion to decision-making diversity; diversity in how executives perceive their operating environments, how they make sense of it, and how they decide what actions to take based on their analysis and intuition.
3. Finally, this workshop discusses the importance of collaboration not through the lens of consensus, but through the complex filters of creative friction and cognitive diversity.


  • Recognize the strategic importance of cognitive diversity for dealing with change – example, environmental, customer, competitive, and technological.
  • Implement key human-centric strategies for fostering and nurturing cultures of creative friction and cognitive diversity in their organizations.
  • Show increased imagination and creativity in decision-making, especially as they relate to innovation, growth, and future success of their organizations.

Every Program Purchase Includes

  • Gear Checks and Final Systems Check: Your Geniecast Experience Specialist will test the audio, video, and internet connection for your primary location as well as the Genie (Presenter).
  • Expert Feature Management: Customized features are available to Cast participants per Client specification.
  • Live Technical Support: We’re with you every step of the way to ensure a smooth end-to-end Cast experience.