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Product Details

  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Kogan Page; 1 edition (July 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749450010
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749450014
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #380,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""Really captures the key concepts and attributes of successful problem solving, organizational creativity and innovation."" -- Think for a Change blog

About the Author

Paul Sloane is the founder of Destination Innovation (www.destination-innovation.com). Clients for his presentations and workshops include Vodafone, GlaxoSmithKline, Phillip Morris, IBM, Prudential and L’Oreal. He is the author of The Leader's Guide to Lateral Thinking Skills, now in its second edition from Kogan Page.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Sampanthar on June 14, 2008
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The Summary
Paul Sloane, an expert on creativity and problem solving, has written a highly entertaining and idea-packed book on how to foster creativity and innovation in your teams. Every leader wants their teams to be more innovative, but don't always know how to go about it. Sloane, has gathered together a whole plethora of tools and techniques to stimulate teams into innovation overdrive.
NOTE: This review might seem a little over-excited! My only excuse is that it is hard not to be excited by Paul's exuberance that overflows throughout book!

The Audience
This booked is aimed at leaders that want to foster innovation and creativity into their teams. If you are looking for a practical book with techniques and tools that can be applied immediately to stimulate your teams, then look no further!

The Details
This is a short, fun book on how to build innovative cultures. Don't be fooled by this slim volume, it is jam-packed with innovative techniques and tools! Paul Sloane is described as an entertaining, thought-provoking and motivational speaker. I have never seen him live, but after reading this book, I can believe the hype! He has managed to imbue his enthusiasm into this very practical book!

The book is organized into 6 sections:
- Section 1 - Leading Innovation - How to become an innovative leader, how to kick of an innovative culture.
- Section 2 - Problem Analysis - How to frame problems
- Section 3 - Generating Ideas - How to generate lots of ideas!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Reg Nordman on June 20, 2007
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I love books full of things that work! If you wanted one book to encapsulate creativity and innovation pick this one. My bookshelf is full of most of the books Sloane references, but he compresses it down to "just what you need". My best takeaway was the 26 ways to generate new ideas. I especially like the "Who killed our business exercise." Clearly written, easy to read, succinct and oh so useful. If you are CEO in a fast moving industry, with youthful, brilliant people around you, this is a book you must read and use.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Michaelides on July 22, 2007
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Aspiring creative leader, let Paul Sloane's "The Innovative Leader" be a guide for your actions, for your business for yourself. It's a great book!

It's fun. It's serious. It's one hundred and seven things to do for yourself, for your company, with your people. Each section is between half a page and three pages. It's organized under six headings: Leading Innovation, Problem Analysis, Generating Ideas, Implementing innovation processes, Building a creative culture, Personal creativity.

It's practical. It's simple. It's a list of things to do and be. Don't tell, ask. Keep fit. Train for innovation. Try weird combinations. Tell stories. Be passionate. Encourage dissent.

It's challenging. It's disruptive. It's high energy.

Aspiring creative leader, will you really do this stuff? Or some of it? You should. It's simple. Not easy. Try. You have nothing to lose but your rusty chains to obsolescence. You have a world to win.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael F. Arrigo on January 14, 2008
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"When I picked the book up, I was at first riveted by Paul Sloanes' commentary of the social and business impact of innovation. His tips go on to help you understand new ways to do this that could be used in your company. I immediately wanted to stop, put the book down and take action on the points made in the text, such as Paul's "10 Ways to Increase Innovation." I picked the book up again for a second dose of enthusiasm and noted that there are powerful historical references to how people have applied concepts of innovataion before. The Innovative Leader is now an important reference that I like using in building consulting strategies with our clients. One of my favorites in Paul's book is, "give everyone two jobs..." I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for ways to add value to their business,and improve their own career potential."
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