Paul Sloane Innovation Expert

Paul is a professional keynote conference speaker and expert facilitator on innovation and lateral thinking. He helps companies improve idea generation and creative leadership. His workshops transform innovation leadership skills and generate great ideas for business issues. His recent clients include Airbus, Microsoft, Unilever, Nike, Novartis and Swarovski. He has published 30 books on lateral thinking puzzles, innovation, leadership and problem solving (with over 2 million copies sold). He also acts as link presenter at conferences and facilitator at high level meetings such as a corporate advisory board. He has acted as host or MC at Awards Dinners. Previously, he was CEO of Monactive, VP International of MathSoft and UK MD of Ashton-Tate. He recently launched a series of podcast interviews entitled Insights from Successful People.

 

Seven Verbs describe the actions of Innovative Leaders

Leaders of innovation have a bias for action. They get on with things. No matter how well the business is doing they are not content to settle for what has been achieved so far; they are restless to try new initiatives. These seven verbs describe some of their key actions.

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12 Innovation Lessons from Start-ups

Large organizations tend to treat major new product developments as serious projects which require serious resources. They use project planning tools and stage gate processes. However, despite all of the management science the large majority of new products fail – certainly in the fast moving consumer goods sector. So maybe corporations should copy some of the ideas and methods used by tiny start-ups. These new-born enterprises have limited funds and limited time – if the funds run out before the product is proven they die. So the basic philosophy of the start-up entrepreneur is risk mitigation. Here are some other key precepts:

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Effective Strategies to Improve your Conversation Skills

You probably shy away from some people on social occasions. Their conversations are tedious. You groan inwardly when they approach for you know that they are unremittingly dull company.  Equally you may be fortunate enough to know some brilliant conversationalists who can enliven any discussion and who are excellent company whatever the circumstances. In what category would other people place you? How can you improve your conversational skills to become a welcome sight at every party and social event you attend? Here are some pointers that might help.

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Why Do We Underestimate Human Progress?

How well-informed are you about the state of the world? Please try this short quiz.

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The Innovation Conundrum

If you want to stop your organisation from trying to develop significant new products or services then here are seven solid arguments you can rely on.

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