Gaurav Bhalla, Ph.D. | International Keynote Speaker, Trainer, Author & Coach


Gaurav Bhalla has 35+ years of global experience as a consultant, educator, entrepreneur, author, and speaker in leadership, marketing, strategy, and innovation. Committed to learning and personal growth, he has helped executives and companies in over 30 countries solve complex business problems through the application of cutting-edge knowledge and ideas. A thinker and doer, he has changed the lives of thousands of executives by encouraging them to perceive and reframe the worlds in which they live in more human-centric ways. SPEAKING: Gaurav Bhalla is a battle-tested global consultant, educator, author, and thought leader who is also a captivating speaker. Not a mere professional speaker who dabbles in business. Gaurav’s passion for what’s important – soulful leadership, value innovation, creating compelling customer experiences, and collaboration – along with his ability to fuse deep knowledge with worldwide experience make him an in-demand speaker, facilitator, coach, and consultant for organizations around the world. KEYNOTES INCLUDE: • Leading Fearlessly In A Millennial and AI-Dominated World As millennials begin dominating the workforce, and AI begins dominating decision-making, can leaders continue leading with a "leadership-as-usual" mindset? Absolutely not. Leadership is a highly context-bound activity, so leadership will have to adapt and morph in response to these two different - but highly related - challenges. Soulful LeadershipTM, that emphasizes leading with one's humanity, that brings cause, compassion, and human-centric thinking to the forefront will be in ever-increasing demand. This future-looking, provocative, and insightful keynote is designed to help current and future leaders prepare for the emerging Millennials and AI-dominated world. Like a lighthouse, the keynote's goal is to help guide current and future leaders reimagine leadership's purpose, and rethink its outcomes so they can lead brilliantly and fearlessly with unwavering clarity. This prescient keynote is ideal for: 1. Current leaders and culture makers 2. Future leaders, department heads, and other managers involved in shaping and upholding organization culture 3. HR and Talent Management professionals Three key takeaways for Monday-morning action: 1. The why and how of integrating hard and soft leadership skills 2. Core strategies for morphing and adapting leadership journeys to lead effectively in a Millennial and AI world 3. The importance of perennially reviewing and reinventing the organization's mission, purpose, and actions This keynote can be customized for audiences interested in only Millennials, or only AI. Additionally, for deeper learning, the essence and meaning of this keynote can also be delivered through training and coaching programs, and through facilitated workshops. _____________________ Transforming Leadership Journeys: A Success Manifesto for the 21st Century Why Transform Leadership Journeys? Because new times require new narratives; yesterday's leadership thinking can't produce tomorrow's winners. Today's complex and conflicted world presents challenges, quandaries, and paradoxes that defy simple-minded right-wrong, yes-no, good-bad thinking. Truth rarely lies at the extremes. It invariably lies in the murky middle where leadership choices are often not right vs wrong, but frequently between right vs. right, or wrong vs. more wrong. This provocative, insightful, and energizing keynote is designed to meet this critical need - to train current and future leaders on how to chart and implement visionary leadership journeys that help succeed and win in a complex and uncertain world. This visionary keynote is ideal for: 1. Current Leaders: C-suite, Senior Management, Department and Division Leaders 2. Future Leaders: High-potential managers, next-generation leaders 3. HR, Talent Managers, and other professionals responsible for shaping and upholding corporate culture Three key takeaways for Monday-morning action: 1. Why transforming leadership journeys is vital for resolving challenges posed by a complex and uncertain world 2. Core strategies for transforming leadership journeys 3. How transforming leadership journeys transforms trust, business success, and professional fulfillment ​For deeper learning, the essence and meaning of this keynote can also be delivered through training and coaching programs, and through facilitated workshops. _______________________ • Cognitive Diversity: Critical For Survival and Growth In Today's Complex World If everyone in an organization thinks the same way, talks the same way, and acts the same way, is it an asset or a liability? Definitely a liability. Lack of cognitive diversity is one of the main reasons why companies dismiss significant threats and discount growth opportunities; everybody agreed they didn't matter. Talk of diversity is everywhere. But, in most instances, diversity conversations rarely transcend ethnicity, gender, and race. No doubt, these socio-demographic differences are important, but, there is another side to diversity that's just as important, if not more, and that's cognitive diversity - differences in how people think, process information, and make decisions. A lack of cognitive diversity can seriously damage the survival and growth of organizations. This insightful and provocative keynote is designed to fill this critical void - encourage teams, decision-makers, leaders, and organizations to first recognize cognitive diversity's importance, and then cultivate and nurture it as a mission critical competence. It's one of the best investments they can make in their future wellbeing and prosperity. This boldly different keynote is ideal for: 1. Current and Future Leaders 2. All teams - leadership, departmental, cross-functional, multi-country, virtual 3. HR, Talent Management, and Diversity professionals Three Takeaways for Monday-morning action: 1. Why Cognitive Diversity is a necessity, not a luxury, in a complex, uncertain world 2. Core strategies for cultivating and nurturing Cognitive Diversity 3. Leveraging Cognitive Diversity to build economically prosperous and emotionally healthy organizations For deeper learning, the strategies for cultivating and nurturing cognitive diversity can also be delivered through training and coaching programs, and through facilitated workshops. _____________________   • Customer-First Mindset: Leading and Winning With It What could be simpler than the maxim - no customer, no business? Then why is customer-first thinking still a slogan for many organizations? P&G's A.G. Lafley, IBM's Lou Gerstner, McDonald's Ray Croc have all stressed the importance of leading and winning with a customer-first mindset - if you put the customer first, success will be yours. Yet, despite the simple and profound nature of the message, putting customers first is still a distant reality. This provocative, insightful, and entertaining keynote is designed to encourage organizations to lead and win with a customer-first mindset. The keynote discusses insightful case studies, and presents simple but powerful tactics and strategies that can be implemented right away, on Monday-Morning, provided the organization has the will. This hard-hitting and entertaining keynote is ideal for: 1. Customer-facing functions: Marketing, Sales, Customer Service 2. Customer-support functions, teams, and professionals: Business Development. IT, and Innovation 3. Organizational support functions, teams, and professionals - they too have customers, albeit, they are internal Three key takeaways for Monday-morning action: 1. Why a customer-first mindset beats hands down product-centric and technology-first mindsets 2. Core strategies for leading and winning with a customer-first mindset 3. How customer-first operating cultures and mindsets boost corporate reputation and attract top talent For deeper learning, the tactics and strategies for leading and winning with a customer-first mindset can also be delivered through training and coaching programs, and through facilitated workshops.

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Zeynep Arhon, Biomimicry Specialist, Istanbul, Turkey
very engaging and stimulating...

“Gaurav Bhalla believes in what he says and provided valuable insights on innovation and customer value. Both the content and his style of delivery were very engaging and stimulating. “

July 2018

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Lisa Jabara-May, Director, Pearson Digital Learning, USA
It is rare to have a passionate innovator such as Gaurav also be a gifted speaker.

"It is rare to have a passionate innovator such as Gaurav also be a gifted speaker. In a word, the audience’s feeling after Gaurav’s talk was “enriched.” If you’re looking for an exceptional speaker, look no further."

July 2018

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Roland Rust, Marketing Thought Leader, Distinguished University Professor
He is a dynamic speaker...

“As a consultant, Gaurav Bhalla has helped many of the world’s leading corporations implement strategic innovations. He is a dynamic speaker who has also published his ideas in such premier publications as the Harvard Business Review.”

July 2018

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