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Shreyas Bakshi, Innovation Wor(k)shipper,
has nearly 35 years of experience in diverse roles on innovation in a wide variety of domains and contexts.
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Over the two decades that I have known Shreyas, one thing that
has remained constant in him is his passion for innovation and
his capability of relating to people at all levels.
It started with him leading an innovative project, which he found so
rewarding that he has dedicated himself to motivate others not just to
understand the need to innovate but also to innovate themselves.
Thank you for giving innovation a new dimension in Mahindra.- Dr. Pawan GoenkaManaging Director, Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd.
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 Business, MD & CEO – Mahindra Agri Solutions Ltd.
I have worked regularly with Shreyas for over a decade in multiple organisations and in a variety of different change-related settings.
He brings a unique ability to contextualise and devise the optimal innovation approach for the situation and deliver the intended impact.
At the same time, I find he is also a good coach to individuals, working head on to resolve the thorny contradiction between the organisational need for a common approach and mentoring that is personalised to each member of the team.- Darrell MannCEO & Technical Director – Systematic Innovation Ltd., United Kingdom
I had the pleasure of working closely with Shreyas Bakshi over the course of two years (2017-2018) building biomimicry capacity within his Innovation Team.
Shreyas is dedicated to the tangible success of industrial innovation and brings a strong history of experience and thought leadership to the task.
By definition, true innovation requires a break from conventional practices which is often met with resistance at multiple levels within an organization, but Shreyas tenaciously and creatively works to overcome those obstacles.- Mark DorfmanSenior Principal – Biomimicry 3.8, USA.
What stands out for me is his passion for Innovation and
his Indomitable Entrepreneurial spirit
And what I have really come to value greatly is his capacity
to create customised solutions for Clients
As a part of the Erehwon team, Shreyas enabled us to identify few game-changing opportunities in the news industry across India. He was the Consultant from the Erehwon team who was most widely accepted by our Leadership and frontline team.
Apart from facilitating the business opportunities, he also led the intervention to galvanise our entire leadership team to work cohesively.
He brings a great balance between command over the methodology, context of the organisation’s business and its people.- Dr. Bhaskar DasGroup CEO – Zee Media Corporation Ltd. (2012-2017)
In 2010, Shreyas led the engagement from Erehwon when Knight Frank India aspired to grow by gaining competitive advantage through unique business models and offering, Our entire team (senior management to front-line executives) was very comfortable with his ways of applying
Erehwon’s approach to our context.
He was instrumental in guiding our teams to come up with some radical solutions which had a transformative impact on the business over the 6 months of formal engagement. Many of us reached out to him even post that.
Thereafter, even through a 1-day session, Shreyas made the innovation council at Bombay Chartered Accountants' Society see a completely new perspective to innovation. His session still remains etched in the minds of participants who attended it.- Naushad PanjwaniSenior Executive Director – Knight Frank (2006-2016) and Past President – Bombay Chartered Accountants’ Society
Shreyas partnered me well and smoothly aligned our leadership
team for taking on challenging goals.
He was also able to help leaders from each of our verticals viz. Electricity Distribution, Tolls, Solar, Waste Management etc. and support function viz. Finance, HR, Business Excellence, IT etc. to uncover their blind-spots, identify opportunities for transformation and put them on a track for finding solutions.
He also shared the approach with various teams across 10+ territories across the country which made it easy for the leaders to roll-out some of the new solutions.- Ashok AgarwalCEO – Essel Infra Projects Ltd (2012-2019)
During his association with The ANAND Group through Erehwon (2009-2013), Shreyas has enabled us to break a lot of myths and resolve many dilemmas which were often difficult to even articulate.
I found him to be very flexible in his approach. He could connect at every level, every department and did not follow any standard way.
He would listen to his Customer, understand the intent,
and would change his approach.
He had very good understanding of the subject and the context. Therefore, he would change the course as required.- Sunil KaulGroup President – Excellence in Manufacturing, Innovation & Technology – ANAND Automotive Pvt. Ltd. and Managing Director – Mahle Behr India Ltd. (2010-2016)
Shreyas was the first ‘external professional innovation coach’ I worked with.
One single enabler that helped him become a “virtual member” of the organisation was his sincere effort to seek feedback about himself, in the process of building Trust, Respect and Camaraderie.
Above all, he was very clear that the engagement must result in the organisation becoming self-sufficient by building its own capability.- M. S. ShankarPresident & Head of Group Technology & Innovation – ANAND Automotive Pvt. Ltd.
When we began our innovation journey with Erehwon in 2010 with a handful of anchor members, I found Shreyas to have a unique ability to deep dive into any type of challenge and help the innovator to unlock the thought process. Shreyas always prepared well for his workshops with relevant examples which acted as a confidence building step in this "not-so-easy" journey.
We had several success stories under the able guidance of Shreyas in creating a breed of young innovators who dared to break their boundaries of operation and helped the organisation to achieve greater success.
During 2013, Shreyas and I also teamed up with our R&D and Product Development Heads to come up with a few patented product concepts which the company would launch in future.- Rajendra AbhangeDirector Technology & Innovations, Gabriel India Limited
Shreyas brought a permanent change in my already innovative thought process to apply innovation systematically in all scenarios viz. Operational Efficiency Transformation, New Product pipeline Identification/ Concept development and Transforming the Leadership Culture. I continue to use the approach in my consulting and coaching till date.- Subodh KordeFounder – Ekam Consultants (2016 onwards), COO – Perfect Circle Pvt Ltd. (2008-2011), CEO (2012) and Managing Director (2013-2016) – Mubea India Pvt. Ltd.