Potentials & Possibilities

“An individual has infinite potential to achieve the extraordinary. This potential lies dormant within oneself stifled by the dos & don’ts of society.
Similarly, an organization (a business entity or otherwise) too has a limitless ability to influence society positively and achieve its commercial interests.
Every organization has the potential to create breakthroughs. However, this potential is restricted by:-

  1. The organization’s mental model about its own business- They define their business from the perspective of ‘What we can do rather than what our consumer wants us to do’
  2. Its inability to visualize the future- They define the future of their business based on what they can capture from the unfolding
    based on their current abilities rather than re-imagining their organizational abilities to not just tackle, but create the future
  3. Its unwillingness to cannibalize its existing products- Very often organizations hold onto their existing turf for too long despite the winds of change.
  4. An organizational culture that does not encourage experimentation among its employees- The spirit of exploration is lost when employees are afraid to try out new stuff

If the above sounds familiar in the context of your organisation or simply put, you want to create a vibrant organisation of passionate people buzzing with ideas for
to conduct Design Thinking & Innovation training programs by an innovative Design Thinker, Dr. Kaustubh Dhargalkar

Potentials and Possibilities is a platform through which a design thinker, an innovation evangelist, a futurist and
a quirky professor (all rolled into one)communicates his views on multiple issues related to technology, design and business”.

Keep coming back for his interesting views, that will make you think hard.

What they say

Review of My Book “It’s Logical!: Reimagining Business in Disruptive Times”

“Genius is simple. Innovation is simple. It lies at the confluence of selfish interest and selfless interest. Dr. Kaustubh Dhargalkar rightly calls it ‘Enlightened self-interest’.

Set precepts and theories of business are in a state of flux in times that are dramatically changing. Obsolescence is constantly snapping at the heels of innovation.

In such times, Dhargalkar propounds a path that unfolds like the layers of a simple onion peel, deeper, yet deeper, till, at the core we encounter the jewel of human connectivity. Empathy. Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam”.

Amish TripathiDiplomat, Columnist and author of bestsellers in the ‘The Immortals of Meluha’

“Simple, lucid, engaging, insightful ….it gives a whack on the side of every head …opens up horizons of invaluable possibilities.

Kaustubh’s fantastic narration challenges every mind to seek beyond the constraints, opens up untapped reserves and follows through by actually showing how to make it possible.

It unleashes terrific unexplored value and potential !!”

Kush KamraChairman & MD – GOSC, Metlife Insurance

A Venture Capitalist’s view point, I have only one sentence to define
the book “Must read for entrepreneurs to avoid costly mistakes”.

The most liked chapter for me was “A Cheat Sheet to New Product Creation”
as it provides a complete framework with ample examples.

Kaustubh understands and addresses typical challenges an entrepreneur faces in
their journey to success with practical examples.

Sanjay MehtaFounder & Partner 100X.V, Mehta Ventures Family Office

Dr. Kaustubh provides a practical guide to innovation

Dr. Vijay GovindarajanCoxe Distinguished Professor at Tuck at Dartmouth and NYT and WSJ Best Selling Author

"This book is a must read for all entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs. The case studies chosen are very relatable and insightful that bring out the nuances of Business Model Innovation. Provides a clear, non-jargonistic and applicable roadmap for creating breakthroughs.”

Dr. Abhay JereChief Innovation Officer (CIO) | Innovation Cell | Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India

There are very few experts who are able to demystify Innovation and Dr. Kaustubh Dhargalkar is the foremost amongst them. Innovation is what gives business ventures the growth that they desperately seek and in Kaustubh's book - It's Logical - Innovating Profitable Business Models - they will find all the answers they are seeking.

Dinkar SuriCo-chair: TIE Academy, CEO & Unconsultant: Retail Market Movers

The book helps the entrepreneur understand , deliberate and creatively adopt models that would be most appropriate for their innovation or business in a lucid manner.

R RamananMission Director Atal Innovation Mission, Additional Secretary Niti Aayog

This book sits at the intersection of management, design and innovation and merges the boundary between User-Centered Design (UCD) and User Centered business Innovation.
The book is an excellent primer on user centered business Innovation and strongly advocates “User first and technology later” approach throughout the book which is a very welcome move in a tech-dominated world and also debunks the myth that great innovation necessarily has to come from high-technology.

Shrikant EkboteVP, Design Principal Barclays Technology Centre India and Research Scholar, Dept.of Design, I.I.T., Guwahati

Kaustubh Dhargalkar.

Kaustubh – A ‘Design Thinker’, and ‘Innovation & Strategy’ evangelist, who looks at companies
strategically with unconventional lenses for diversification avenues & reinventing their business
models. He has a Ph.D in ‘Design Thinking & Corporate Innovation’.

He specialises in ‘Need Finding’ across sectors to spot opportunities. A teacher at heart,
he helps people ideate, helps young students spin-off companies from campus, and through unique business models.
To know him better, connect here

Academy of Design Thinking & Innovation

Enhancing Innovation Quotient

At Potentials and Possibilities, we offer different training modules for companies keen on infusing a Design Thinking Mindset among their decision makers and enhancing the ‘Innovation Quotient’ of the entire organisation –

I have worked with Kaustubh and he is excellent when it comes to the concepts on Design Thinking and Innovation

Mythili MahadevanVice President- Citibank

Mr. Kaustubh Dhargalkar is an authority in Design Thinking and Innovation. Having engaged him on multiple assignments on Innovation, he has always been thought provoking and brings an external perspective to our organizational issues. Using his expertise in Design thinking, he has assisted us in dealing with strategic organizational challenges. He also delivers sessions on Design thinking which are always highly sought after by our employees

Tushar VaidyaGM- Talent Mgt, L&D, Mahindra Finance Ltd

Thank you Kaustubh for the engaging training workshop on ‘Design Thinking & Innovation’. The feedback from our team at Quantum Consumer Solutions has been very positive, and everyone has gone back, armed with clear steps to execute Design Thinking strategy in our projects. We look forward to your guidance in the future as well."

Lakshmi SethExecutive Director- Quantum Consumer Solutions

Kaustubh is one of the 'uber' cool learning champions I have worked with. He strongly believes in an experiential format of learning and helps the participants deep dive into areas of innovation and design thinking. . As a program manager, I have seen participants rush to me soon after the program heaping praises on Kaustubh's presence. His ability to connect with the audience makes learning a two-way process. He intelligently combines his experience as an entrepreneur with the facilitation skills of a professor to offer unique perspectives to the organizational problems

Inder Kumar RHuman Capital Consultant- Deloitte

Kaustubh has conducted different versions (1 day and 3 day) of the Design Thinking Workshop for different employee profiles at Mahindra Partners. The feedback we have received has been uniformly outstanding, with particular mention of his ability to make the concepts of design thinking relatable and applicable on the job. I unreservedly recommend Kaustubh's Design Thinking workshop in particular and Kaustubh as a faculty in general for programs at any level, for any audience.

Pranav PrimlaniManager HR- Mahindra Partners

Dear Kaustubh,
Interaction with you and your team on the design thinking project of our ESS dashboard was really encouraging. It was a great insight: the way more of pain areas came out from users as well as ESS peers, which probably we were ignoring considering them to be routine issues/facts. But you taught us to look at aspects differently. With more empathy towards the user departments. Lots of new ideas came up for the dashboard. We are prioritizing the idea’s given by users.

Yogesh JoshiGM- Materials (ESS), CEAT Ltd.

“We engaged with Kaustubh and team to leverage their expertise on concepts of Design Thinking. It was a good experience, one thing that stood out was the level of involvement and efforts made to dig out the real issues. The team reached out to selected users in the system across hierarchies and managed to get key insights which were creating a lot of NVA but was either not surfacing out or presumed to be too trivial in internal discussions. Voices were not just captured but the actual pain associated with that voice was also probed to an extent which is definitely going to help us selecting the right counter measures.”

Nishant AgarwalSr. Manager Supply Chain (Central Planning), CEAT Ltd.