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Navi Radjou

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Palo Alto, United States

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Navi Radjou is a Silicon Valley-based innovation and leadership thinker who advises senior executives worldwide on breakthrough growth strategies. A Fellow at Cambridge Judge Business School, Navi has served on the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Previously, he served as vice president at Forrester Research, a leading technology research and advisory firm. In 2013, Navi won the prestigious Thinkers50 Innovation Award – given to a management thinker who is re-shaping the way we think about and practise innovation. He delivered a talk at TED Global 2014 on frugal innovation (over 1.8 million views). Navi co-authored Frugal Innovation: How To Do Better With Less, published by The Economist in 2015, as well as the global bestseller Jugaad Innovation (over 200,000 copies sold worldwide). He is working on his next book Conscious Society: Redefining Who We Are. Reinventing How We Consume, Work, Relate, and Live. He is a sought-after keynote speaker and widely quoted in international media. Born and raised in Pondicherry, India, he holds dual French-American citizenship. He attended Ecole Centrale Paris and Yale School of Management. He lives in Palo Alto, California.

Available For: Speaking
Travels From: Palo Alto
Speaking Topics: Frugal Innovation, Wise Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Emerging Markets, Conscious Business

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Company Type: Individual

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Business Strategy 30.14
Culture
Customer Experience
Design Thinking
Entrepreneurship 40.57
Future of Work
Innovation 36.52
Leadership 32.05
Management
Marketing
Open Innovation 31.80
Startups
Supply Chain
Sustainability 51.62
Change Management 33.08
Digital Transformation 30.51
COVID19 33.47
Mental Health 30.45
Public Relations 30.35
Health and Wellness 30.20
Ecosystems 30.16

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14 Article/Blogs
France Can Pioneer Wise Diplomacy in India
LinkedIn
May 01, 2021
I also praise French Ambassador to India, H.E. Mr Emmanuel Lenain, for humbly thanking India for providing life-saving drugs to France in Spring 2020 when French hospitals faced acute shortages.

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Tags: Sustainability, Entrepreneurship, Ecosystems

5 Anxiety-Busting Techniques To Keep You Sane In 2021
LinkedIn
January 04, 2021
Since my childhood, I have had severe panic attacks. They affected my studies and my work life. After each episode of anxiety, I would tell myself “Phew, I survived this. Now let’s get back to work.” Indeed, my work became my savior because it kept me mentally busy. Yet, in 2006, when I was 36, I had severe burnout symptoms: I couldn’t sleep, I had lost a lot of weight, my mind was very restless. I saw many western doctors. But none of them could heal me.

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Tags: COVID19, Health and Wellness, Mental Health

Want To Feel Happy In 2021 ? Empty…Yourself!
LinkedIn
January 04, 2021
I began my clean(s)ing in October 2019. After living in the Bay Area for 13 years, I sensed I needed a big shift in my life. I decided to relocate to New York.

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Tags: Leadership, Health and Wellness

The Rising Frugal Economy
MIT Sloan Management Review
August 06, 2020
In 2020, the world is grappling with COVID-19 along with several other major crises. The International Monetary Fund predicts that the world could experience the worst recession since the 1930s this year, with the global economy contracting by 3% as advanced economies shrink by 6.1%. The World Trade Organization expects global trade to fall by as much as 32% in 2020. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development reports that inequality in the world’s most developed economies is at its highest level in 50 years. The World Meteorological Organization recently warned that over the next five years, annual global temperatures could potentially rise more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels, leading to catastrophic climate change.

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Tags: Innovation, Sustainability

3 Jugaad ways to reinvent yourself successfully during the crisis
LinkedIn
July 24, 2020
The IMF predicts that in 2020 the world could experience the worst recession since the 1930s. All businesses and startups want to pivot their way out of the upcoming recession. CEOs and entrepreneurs seek new strategies to turn around and reposition their hard-hit businesses.

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Tags: Innovation, COVID19, Mental Health

Matthieu Ricard: "Leaders need wisdom to serve the public good"​
LinkedIn
July 20, 2020
Prasad Kaipa and Navi Radjou's book, From Smart to Wise: Acting and Leading with Wisdom, is more than welcome. It is high time indeed that the leaders of this world, those in business as well as those in politics, are inspired more by wisdom, ethics and the pursuit of the common good.

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Tags: Innovation, Leadership, Public Relations

Frugal Lessons from Indian Makers Who Created 1 Million Face Shields Super Fast
LinkedIn
July 03, 2020
In late March 2020, as India entered a total lockdown, health workers across India sent out an SOS call. They desperately needed Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as masks, face shields, and respirators to safely conduct tests on citizens and treat COVID-19 patients in the vast country of 1.35 billion people.

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Tags: Innovation, Sustainability, COVID19

4 Key Principles of Conscious Innovators fighting COVID-19
LinkedIn
May 08, 2020
Yesterday, I had an amazing discussion with Prasad Kaipa as part of the Global Festival on Oneness celebrating Adi Shankara, India's foremost philosopher on Non-Duality and Oneness. Prasad and I drew upon from key lessons from the life of to identify innovation principles that can be applied by entrepreneurs and businesses. Here are the 4 key principles of Conscious Innovators fighting COVID-19 and building an inclusive and sustainable world :

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Tags: Innovation, Sustainability, COVID19

Le « Faire nous-mêmes » : de l’innovation solitaire à l’innovation communautaire
LinkedIn
May 08, 2020
Partout dans le monde, un nombre croissant de consommateurs, que l’on pouvait autrefois qualifier de « passifs » sont en train de devenir de véritables « consom’acteurs ». Grâce aux nouveaux outils digitaux et à de nouvelles ressources, ces citoyens écoresponsables s’impliquent de manière plus active dans les systèmes économiques qui les entourent. Désormais, certains d’entre eux, comme les résidents de Beacon Food Forest, une forêt urbaine de près de 30 000 mètres carrés à Seattle, font pousser des fruits et des légumes biologiques au coeur de la ville. D’autres, comme les habitants de Vauban, un quartier dynamique de 15 000 habitants dans la ville allemande de Fribourg, génèrent leur propre énergie verte à l’aide de panneaux solaires qu’ils ont installés eux-mêmes. D’autres encore, comme ceux qui fréquentent le réseau de FabLabs de Barcelone, produisent des biens de consommation dans leur quartier, à la fois pour leur propre usage, mais également pour la vente.

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Tags: Innovation, Leadership, Business Strategy

La Régénération: De l'Economie Circulaire à l'Economie en Spirale
LinkedIn
April 25, 2020
Les experts s’accordent à dire que l’industrialisation effrénée des pays développés et plus récemment en Chine a conduit au réchauffement climatique. La France a une occasion historique de développer des réseaux de production et de distribution moins polluants et plus efficaces d’un point de vue énergétique que les modèles industriels toxiques et prompts au gaspillage sur lesquels les pays occidentaux et la Chine ont construit leur croissance. La France est capable de montrer au reste du monde qu’il est possible de produire plus (et mieux) avec moins de ressources.

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Tags: Innovation, Sustainability, Business Strategy

Frugal Leadership: The Key to Co-Build the Post-Covid-19 world
LinkedIn
April 20, 2020
As the world enters a deep recession that can last till 2022, or even 2015, CEOs and politicians must unlearn the old ways of innovating and adopt frugal innovation, the art of doing better with less. Yet few Fortune 500 companies and countries are innovating frugally on a large scale. Why not?

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Tags: Innovation, Leadership, COVID19

Le Leadership Frugal: La solution pour la France d'après Covid-19
LinkedIn
April 19, 2020
Mes amis français me demandent pourquoi c’est si dur de faire adopter l’innovation frugale (l'art de faire mieux avec moins) en France.

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Tags: Innovation, Leadership, COVID19

Let's co-build a hyper-local and (karmically) responsible Circular Economy
LinkedIn
July 31, 2019
First China and now Indonesia: Asia (and soon Africa?) refuses to import waste from the West. It is time we co-build a new hyper-local and (karmically) responsible circular economy that allows each city, district, building or even each house to recycle its own waste at a local level (but also to SOURCE locally !!).

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Tags: Innovation, Business Strategy

BE THE CHANGE IN 2019 !
LinkedIn
November 22, 2018
Dear friends,

Are you ready to change the world in 2019? How about changing yourself first? I compiled below a list of my recent talks and articles to inspire you to become the agents of change in both your professional and personal lives. Reflect on this content during the holiday season. Let’s join forces to reinvent ourselves and the world altogether. 2019 marks the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Let’s honor Gandhiji by committing ourselves to BE THE CHANGE in 2019! Happy holidays! Navi

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Tags: Innovation, Sustainability, Leadership

3 Books
Frugal Innovation: How To Do More With Less
The Economist
April 15, 2015

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Tags: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Sustainability

From Smart To Wise: Acting and Leading with Wisdom
Jossey-Bass
March 15, 2013
Leaders tend to obstinately stick to the leadership style that brought them most success in the past, usually one of two extreme styles: functional leadership that focuses on operational excellence or smart leadership that focuses on growth. When a leader's focus is too functional, the organization becomes introverted and can focus too much on bottom-line profitability while missing out on top-line growth opportunities. But when leaders focus too much on smart leadership, the organization may experience quick growth but lose its effectiveness quickly.

From Smart to Wise offers a new approach that balances the two styles to achieve a form of wise leadership that is both functional and smart. Drawing on inspiring real-life stories of historical and contemporary wise leaders such as Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and even Mahatma Gandhi, the authors identify six characteristics of wise leaders and offer a practical framework to help readers develop their own style of wise leadership.

A fresh and timely approach to nurturing wise, resilient, and flexible leadership in a world of growing complexity

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Tags: Change Management, Leadership

Jugaad Innovation: Think Frugal, Be Flexible, Generate Breakthrough Growth
Jossey-Bass
April 01, 2012
Innovation is a major directive at corporations worldwide. But how do you drive innovation and growth as the global business landscape becomes increasingly unpredictable and diverse? Western corporations can no longer just rely on the old formula that sustained innovation and growth for decades: a mix of top-down strategies, expensive R&D projects, and rigid, highly structured innovation processes. Jugaad Innovation argues that the West must look to places like India, China, and Africa for a new, bottom-up approach to frugal and flexible innovation.

Building on their deep experience of innovation practices with companies in the United States and around the world, the authors articulate how jugaad (a Hindi word meaning an improvised solution born from ingenuity and cleverness) is leading to dramatic growth in emerging markets—and how Western companies can adopt jugaad to succeed in our hypercompetitive world. Delving into the mindset of jugaad innovators, the authors discuss the six underlying principles of jugaad innovation:

Seek opportunity in adversity

Do more with less

Think and act flexibly

Keep it simple

Include the margin

Follow your heart

To show these principles in action, the authors share previously untold stories of resourceful jugaad entrepreneurs and innovations in emerging markets. The authors also describe how forward-thinking Western firms like 3M, Apple, Renault-Nissan, Facebook, GE, Google, IBM, and PepsiCo are already applying these principles of jugaad to innovate faster, cheaper, and better—and to win.

A groundbreaking book, Jugaad Innovation shows leaders everywhere why the time is right for jugaad to emerge as a powerful business tool in the West—and how to bring the jugaad mindset and practices to their organizations.

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Tags: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Sustainability

1 Keynote
Navi Radjou at Forrester Exec Strategy Forum 2004 Innovation Networks
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July 18, 2019

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Innovation, Open Innovation

2 Speaking Engagements
Frugal Learning: Comment Désapprendre et Réapprendre Pour Rester Innovant?
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July 26, 2018

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Innovation, Open Innovation

Frugal Innovation in Healthcare: Doing Better with Less
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June 08, 2018

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Innovation, Open Innovation

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