The Leader's Guide to Lateral Thinking Skills: Unlocking the Creativity and Innovation in You and Your Team (häftad)
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The Leader's Guide to Lateral Thinking Skills: Unlocking the Creativity and Innovation in You and Your Team (häftad)

The Leader's Guide to Lateral Thinking Skills: Unlocking the Creativity and Innovation in You and Your Team

Unlocking the Creativity and Innovation in Yourself and Your Team

Häftad Engelska, 2006-11-01


"No modern business leader should be unaware of these insights," Brian Mcbride, VP Northern Europe, Dell "Rocket fuel for the business brain," Bill Penn, CEO, Sparx Group In this lively, energetic guide to leadership, highly acclaimed author, trainer and presenter Paul Sloane shares dynamic techniques that are sure to unleash creative energy and lateral thinking. Packed with real-life examples, practical methods and lateral thinking exercises, the book encourages you to question your assumptions and develop new ideas with a variety of techniques. Lateral thinking puzzles at the end of each chapter illustrate the importance of thinking outside the box.
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"Stimulating and well written." Business Executive "A practical, step-by-step guide that can help everyone 'get creative' and use that more effectively." Long Range Planning Journal "If you are only going to read one business book this year, this is the one. No modern business leader should be unaware of these insights." Brian McBride, VP Northern Europe, Dell Computer Corporation "Sloane delivers rocket fuel for the business brain." Bill Penn, CEO, Sparx Group "Every business should embrace lateral thinking. Every leader should embrace this book." Ajaz Ahmed, CEO, AKQA "This book teaches leaders how to transform creativity into meaningful innovation." Shawn Javid, CEO, Insightful Inc. "Replete with lateral thinking puzzles to amuse, bemuse and encourage new ways of approaching problems. There are also plenty of real-life examples to reassure you that this stuff does work." Jim Ewan's blog

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Paul Sloane is the founder of Destination Innovation ( He was a top salesman with IBM, UK, MD of Ashton-Tate, VP International for MathSoft Inc and CEO of Monactive. Clients for his presentations and workshops include Vodafone, GlaxoSmithKline, Phillip Morris, IBM, Equant, BT, Prudential and L'Oreal. He is the author of 10 books on lateral thinking puzzles and problem-solving and has written many articles on the subject.


1. The need for innovation The challenge of change; Change, creativity and innovation; Lateral thinking; Lateral thinking puzzles 2. Characteristics of the lateral leader 3. The innovation test 4. Laying the foundations for change Recognizing the need for change; Painting the vision; Communicating; Tips for setting and communicating the vision 5. Making the vision real Empowering; Overcoming fear; Staying focused; Planning and preparation; Managing the environment; Using innovation techniques; Tips for making the vision a reality 6. Challenge your assumptions Tips for challenging assumptions 7. Ask searching questions Imagination and knowledge; Creating a questioning organization; Tips for asking questions 8. Take a different view Visual links; Tips for adopting a different point of view 9. Combine the unusual Weird combinations are sometimes the strongest; Tips for forcing combinations 10. Adapt, adopt, improve Tips for finding ideas you can adopt and adapt 11. Break the rules Look at the rules in your business; Tips for breaking the rules 12. Analyse first Fishbone analysis; Why, Why?; Lotus blossom; Cogitate 13. Increase the yield Harvest the field; Tips for increasing the yield 14. Harvest the field Evaluation: the gating process 15. Implement Prototyping; Implementation priorities 16. Welcome failure Accidents will happen - so make the most of them; Tips for welcoming failure 17. Use the team Training; Tips for using the team; When to go outside - using the external team; Tips for using external sources of ideas 18. Organizing for innovation The challenge for smaller enterprises; How the larger enterprise should prepare; Measuring creativity; Tips for organizing for innovation 19. Common mistakes: 12 great ways to crush creativity Criticism; Neglecting brainstorms; Problem hoarding; Efficiency over innovation; Overworking; It isn't in the plan; Laying the blame; Wrong rewards; Outsourcing change; Promotion from within; Giving innovation projects to production units; No training 20. Summary The magic sentence; Checklist; Lateral leadership in action 21. The lateral leadership course The participants; Phase I: Icebreakers and energizers to start; Phase II: Brainstorming to start the flow; Phase III: The vision and its components; Phase IV: Creative exercises; Phase V: Strategy, goals and objectives; Phase VI: Questioning exercises; Phase VII: Communications plan; Phase VIII: Staff issues and empowerment; Phase IX: Competitive and product workshop; Phase X: Innovation process and gating plan; Phase XI: Summary and action list; Phase XII: Follow-up session