To ‘think like an innovator’ is something that nearly everyone aspires to. After all, who doesn’t want to be more creative or artistic in their endeavors? How many people dream of coming up with a great idea that will bring them fame and fortune? To feed this visionary need there are tools and resources to help people develop their creative abilities, but to become a successful innovator one needs more than just creativity.
For instance, the ability to convince others or simply ignore their disbelief and criticism is one characteristic that differentiates the trailblazers from the people who have great ideas, but never see them through to fruition. A person needs to possess passion, self-confidence, patience, and above all, persistence.
In his new book, Think Like an Innovator, Paul Sloane gathered a diverse collection of people with these attributes. He describes their personal background, challenges faced, the solutions they proposed, and finally, the lessons learned —practical advise for you to apply in your own situation.
The book contains more insights than I will attempt to list here, but there were a few themes that stood out to me; bits of wisdom that creative thinkers should keep in mind:
Other themes and lessons include:
For the experienced entrepreneur or innovation manager, you will find many well known names in this book, but you’re also bound to find interesting unknown details about their lives or new perspectives about their work. Sloane managed to pack a great deal of wisdom in a light and easy-to-read format, perfect for reading on the go or in bite-sized portions.
By Amelia Johannsen
Paul Sloane is the author of many books, such as The Leader’s Guide to Lateral Thinking Skills and The Innovative Leader. He writes, talks and runs workshops on lateral thinking, creativity and the leadership of innovation. Find more information at destination-innovation.com.
Amelia Johannsen is a digital communications professional working on a variety of projects internationally. She is passionate about functional design and collaborative innovation used to create a more compassionate and sustainable world. As a freelance writer, she contributes to projects such as InnovationMangement.se, The Green Exchange and Handmade Barcelona, while her free time is best spent traveling and in the pottery studio. Feel free to connect on Linkedin and Twitter.