The book attempts to address the following questions
- What is innovation?
- Is innovation about ideation only?
- We have established NPD/ R&D methods. Hence, do we need innovation methods?
- We are already innovating. Why do anything more?
- Can Innovation be an acquired skill?
- Should we have a separate innovation team? If so, what should be their role?
- Should innovation aim to find a few big bets? Or work on many small bets?
- What is institutionalising?
- Can innovation be done methodically?
- We hear about so many methods/ approaches to innovation. Which one should we adopt?
- We don't have enough time to manage our regular tasks. How do we find time for innovation?
- Should only a few or everyone in the organisation innovate?
- Who should lead the journey, and how should the rest of the organisation be structured?
- How long to continue ideating? We need to implement the ideas too!
It also includes Recommended Good Practices, Guiding Principles, and two Case Stories
From people who have been a part of these experiences
In this guide book, Shreyas simplifies innovation, making it easy for others who wish to adopt and institutionalise.Dr. Pawan GoenkaManaging Director, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.
I have always said the'I' in industry, institutions, individuals, and indeed ‘I’ in India, should stand for innovation and not inhibition or imitation. And for this to happen,innovationneedstobesystematically institutionalised.
And that is precisely what Shreyas' book, which is written based on his own wonderful experiences at The Anand Group and other enterprises, has achieved.
I wish the book all the best with the hope that the ideas in his book will be widely read and practiced.Padma Vibhushan Dr. R A MashelkarInnovation Advisor to many Indian and global Corporates & Governments
An extract from Foreword
I have been with him when he has had many of the discussions shared in this guidebook.
His simplicity of expression and jovial nature of dealing with people made him to be liked by all those who interacted with him.
I wish all the very best to Shreyas with this guidebook and wish that he continues to document many more of his experiences for the benefit of those who wish to innovate systematically.Padma Shri (Mrs.) Lila PoonawallaFormer Chairperson & Managing Director of Alfa Laval – Tetra Pak India,
Currently a Consultant, Independent Director of many Companies, and Chairperson of Lila Poonawalla Foundation
Shreyas has the ability to customise and simplify innovation and make it work across the organisation.
His patience, tenacity and vast experience enabled him to evolve an approach that was common yet flexible to be customised to the diverse set of business in our organisation.
His approach, method and his facilitation are of immense value to business leaders who wish to leverage innovation for their organisation.Ashok SharmaPresident Agriculture Sector & Head of Innovation for Automotive, Farm Equipment Sectors
During his association with The Anand Group through Erehwon, Shreyas has enabled us to break a lot of myths and resolve many dilemmas which were often difficult to even articulate.
The way in which he has articulated the questions and shared his responses in this book, make it sound very easy and obvious – but trust me, it is not.
I am sure that these would be helpful to guide the leaders who intend to institutionalise innovation in their respective organisation.Sunil KaulGroup President – Excellence in Manufacturing Innovation & Technology
ANAND Automotive Private Limited
Shreyas has real in-depth experience in seeing two leading organisations through their Innovation journey. His insights expressed here, are valuable to all those who have taken on this innovation endeavour.Rajiv NarangMD & CEO Erehwon Innovation Consulting Pvt. Ltd.
Lead author of book titled Orbit-shifting innovation™: The Dynamics of Ideas that Create History