Paul Sloane

Paul Sloane is the author of 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.

All articles by Paul Sloane:

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    Try This Brainstorm Method: The Contradictory Innovation

    Mar 15, 2019 | In: Strategies

    Not sure how to improve your product – or to come up with a new one? Try Contradictory Innovation, which could lead you to a stroke of brilliance.

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    Deliberately Take a Different View

    Jan 10, 2019 | In: Creative Leadership

    Until 1954 there was only one television channel in the UK. It was the publicly owned BBC. In that year the government auctioned licenses for commercial TV stations. These would be regional operations which could offer advertising on TV for the first time.

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    Innovation Insights from the Founder of Sony

    Nov 21, 2018 | In: Organization & Culture

    Akio Morita was born in Nagoya, Japan in 1921. His father owned a business brewing sake. It had been in the family for 14 generations and it was expected that Akio, the oldest son, would step into the business but the boy was more interested in electronics than in brewing.

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    Don’t Be a Zebra, Be a Giraffe

    Oct 30, 2018 | In: Organization & Culture

    Zebra stands for Zero Evidence but Really Adamant.  Zebras are people who see things in black and white.  They are sure of their own opinions and they disdain information or science which undermines their beliefs.  The king of the Zebras is Donald Trump.

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    Using the Innovation Sophistication Index

    Jun 25, 2018 | In: Strategies

    How can you assess how innovative your business is? The Innovation Sophistication Index is a list of just 24 statements. For each statement you score one point if you fully agree with it for your organization. Please try the list below.

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    Messy Beats Tidy

    Apr 18, 2018 | In: Organization & Culture

    In his book, “Messy,” economist Tim Harford argues cogently that we are wrong to strive for order and tidiness because openness, adaptability and creativity are inherently messy. We should appreciate the benefits of untidiness.

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    Direct to Consumer Disrupting Established Markets

    Mar 19, 2018 | In: Organization & Culture

    In 2010, the Gillette brand, which is owned by Proctor and Gamble, held 70% of the U.S. market for razors. It boasted continuous innovation in product design, and enjoyed a gross margin of around 60%. Its market share has now slid to around 50%. It has suffered at the hands of two start-up companies, which went direct to consumer (DTC). They are Harry’s and Dollar Shave Club.

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    Imagine a Bigger Better World: An Innovative Leap by Sir Tim Berners-Lee

    Feb 01, 2018 | In: Strategies

    Sir Tim Berners-Lee is known as the inventor of the World Wide Web. He created its three fundamental components: the formatting language HTML, the address system URL, and the HTTP system for linking sites. He was born in 1955 and grew up in London. As a schoolboy he was an avid trainspotter. He learnt about electronics from tinkering with a model railway. He gained a first-class honours degree in physics at Oxford University and became a software engineer.

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    How do we Replace Plastics? Innovation Needed

    Oct 26, 2017 | In: Strategies

    With all the concern about plastics polluting our oceans it is time to think seriously about innovating with packaging.

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    Do We Need a Digital Bill of Rights?

    Sep 21, 2017 | In: Trend Alert

    That the new Apple iPhone X uses facial-recognition software (FRS) to unlock the device rather than a pin or fingerprint, underlines the importance of this burgeoning technology. We will likely see a massive spread in the use of FRS which will bring many benefits but some serious risks which we need to start addressing now.

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    Seven Good Reasons Not to Innovate

    Jun 27, 2017 | In: Innovation Psychology

    Innovation is risky. Customers are not asking for it. We are already successful… Getting momentum behind significant innovation is difficult, and sometimes it’s easier for a business to stay in what they deem a safe spot. Let’s look at seven arguments that inhibit innovation as well as their counter arguments.

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    How the Innovation Principle Supplements and Balances the Precautionary Principle

    May 31, 2017 | In: Column & Opinion, Enabling Factors, Innovation Psychology

    The aim of the precautionary principle seems laudable: lacking scientific consensus, the burden of proof for an action or policy not being harmful to the public or to the environment lies on those taking that action. In practice, however, this principle has proven a deterrent for innovation – particularly within the EU. How can the innovation principle – that is, examining new policies or plans for a negative impact they have on innovation – help to supplement and balance out the precautionary principle?

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    Where to Start with Innovation? Begin by removing the Barriers

    May 24, 2017 | In: Enabling Factors, Strategies

    Surveys show that the large majority of senior executives see innovation as critical for their businesses but what if you want to make your organization more agile and innovative where should you start? You could launch a big initiative with grand statements, training classes and an ideas scheme but you tried all those last year and they fizzled out. It is better to begin with a brutally honest assessment of what is preventing innovation from happening today.

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    Innovation Lessons from Rome’s Greatest Enemy

    Apr 10, 2017 | In: Creative Leadership

    What innovation lessons can we learn from Hannibal, one of history’s most illustrious generals? In this piece based on a chapter from Paul Sloane’s ‘Think like an Innovator’, we’ll look at how Hannibal’s battle strategies and tactics can apply to innovation today – from using new and unexpected resources, to outflanking your competition, to understanding the importance of networking.

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    Are You Open Minded? Three Ways to Break Thinking Patterns

    Dec 28, 2016 | In: Videos

    Paul Sloane helps organisations improve innovation and is the author of over 20 books on lateral thinking, leadership and innovation. His talk will show how you can use simple powerful methods to break routine thinking habits and boost Creative Problem Solving.

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