On 17th October, I was invited to deliver a talk at IBS Software Services Pvt. Ltd., Trivandrum (http://www.ibsplc.com). IBS is a leading provider of IT solutions to the Travel, Transportation and Logistics (TTL) industry. A specialist in the domain, company offers a range of new-generation solutions that manage mission-critical operations of major airlines, airports, oil and gas companies, seaports, cruise lines and tour operators world-wide. IBS is based at the impressive Technopark in Trivandrum and also operates from other locations across the globe. (www.technopark.org)
The session was organized as part of the ‘Young Leaders Program’ at IBS. Participants were selected mid management and senior management employees of the organization who have shown the potential to be future leaders. Many of them were people managers with 5-100 people reporting.
The key emphasis of my talk was on how to promote innovation in teams. I shared management techniques which outperforming team leaders use to promote innovation. I shared apparently simple looking initiatives which can have profound impact on overall innovation performance of the team. I supplemented the points with examples from my research which focuses on innovation strategies adopted by outperforming small and medium enterprises organizations. I also shared global perspectives and practices based on my experience.
Participants from Cochin, Bangalore and London attended the talk via live webcast. The presentation was followed by an open house session. Participants asked their questions and also shared their experiences with innovation. More emphasis was given on experience sharing. One of the participants leading a project team said that “Innovation often takes backseat in hectic routines of the day”. Another participant, appreciating the presentation, shared that “You explained innovation in very simple terminology and we had great learning to take back to our teams.”
“The session was very informative and I am very happy that participants opened up at the end of it”, said Mr. Dileep Choyappally, Managert Human Resource at IBS who coordinates the program.