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Sidharth Balakrishna is one of those senior executives who also have a strong passion for teaching. His classes have received excellent feedback from the executive batches at Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), University of Delhi. In this book, he stresses on a structured and analytical approach towards strategy and decision-making, which will surely benefit readers. His approach towards changing one’s mindset to achieve different results is indeed a very useful technique to drive innovation.
I have known Sidharth for many years now—first as his teacher at IIM Calcutta and second as a co-panellist on numerous interview panels. As a result, I have seen his career progress and his career graph rise, even as he has expanded his own horizons. He is that rare breed among managers—a reflective manager. Also, he has always had the ability to question his own assumptions.
Mr Sidharth Balakrishna has delivered management development programmes (MDPs) to several industry participants over the last few years including at New Delhi Institute of Management (NDIM) and always received stellar feedback. I am glad that he has now put down the approach and tools that he uses in this book to reach a wider audience who will benefit immensely from his emphasis on clarity of thought and structured approach in strategy and decision-making.
I have known Sidharth Balakrishna for several years now while he has been leading strategy for major Indian corporate houses. His approach and willingness to pursue new avenues of thinking, as exemplified in his book, have helped him and the companies he has worked for immensely, and will surely likewise benefit the readers of this book.
Mr Sidharth Balakrishna has been an adjunct faculty member at Great Lakes Institute of Management, Gurgaon, where he has received top-class feedback from students in terms of content, delivery and bison building. Students really enjoy his practical aspects that he brings to the sessions. In this book, he continues with his straightforward approach, stressing on simple yet highly effective ways towards strategy formulation and innovation. I know him as a voracious reader, thinker and practitioner.
Sidharth has emerged as a mentor and inspiration to many graduate and postgraduate students of Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC). His book and techniques will now inspire many to be more effective in their professions due to their lucidity and potential impact.
Sidharth Balakrishna, with his unique multi-industry senior leadership experience and multidisciplinary approach, has written a very simple and de-jargonized book on how one can create a strategy that creates winners. The book focuses a lot on examples, solutions and ideas from the future. I would certainly say that it is a must-read for all MBA students and management practitioners, entrepreneurs, CEOs and anyone who runs a business. Reading this book will deliver ROI in more ways than one. The book, dare I say, could change your life and improve your business. It is a thought creator.
I have known Sidharth for a number of years and was impressed by his structured approach towards strategy and problem-solving. He helped develop innovative and practical approaches to many difficult issues on the projects that we worked on together, and led the team to deliver results in challenging circumstances. I am glad he has encapsulated some of these techniques in this book, which no doubt will benefit readers across the spectrum.
Sidharth Balakrishna brings insights and advice that can change the discourse for start-ups. His first-hand experience in the corporate corridors makes it more trustworthy for the newcomers in business. What’s needed is a simple and executable idea for start-ups and SB has loads of it.
I have always been impressed with Sidharth’s analytical, problem-solving skills, and his approach towards strategy. I had an opportunity to work with him on several strategic projects at Essel Group to tackle complex business problems using innovation and build new efficient business models. It was an enriching experience to learn from his skills. The book is a great representation of his insights and best practices. It’s a great read for anyone looking to learn new-age, implementable methods of business strategy and innovation.