Leader's Guide to Lateral Thinking Skills: Powerful Problem-Solving Techniques to Ignite Your Team's Potential


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"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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780749440022
  • Publisher: Kogan Page, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 6/28/2003
  • Pages: 186
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Sloane is an experienced speaker, course leader and facilitator as well as a leading author of lateral thinking puzzles. He speaks and gives workshops on innovation and creative thinking to corporations around the world. He has written The Leaders Guide to Lateral Thinking Skills and The Innovative Leader, both published by Kogan Page.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 The need for innovation 4
2 Characteristics of the lateral leader 11
3 The innovation test 15
4 Laying the foundations for change 19
5 Making the vision real 28
6 Challenge your assumptions 36
7 Ask searching questions 46
8 Take a different view 55
9 Combine the unusual 63
10 Adapt, adopt, improve 68
11 Change the rules 73
12 Increase the yield 81
13 Implement and evaluate 85
14 Welcome failure 93
15 Use the team 99
16 Organizing for innovation 107
17 Common mistakes: 12 great ways to crush creativity 117
18 Summary 124
19 The lateral leadership course 131
App. 1: Exercises 150
App. 2: Answers to lateral thinking puzzles 172
References and recommended reading 177
Further reading 181
Index 183
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2005

    A Must Read for the Thinking Organization

    In today's competitive environment, the organization that does not look ahead to tomorrow in its thinking will be looking at the tail lights of its competitors. I found this book to place in perspective the necessity to both look ahead and to do so with innovation as the objective.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2004


    Obviously, innovation, creativity and new ideas are important in business. Author Paul Sloane offers a number of techniques and practices to encourage the generation and development of new ideas. He says little startlingly new, but he offers leaders a handy, practical guide to the well-trodden paths of brainstorming, tolerance of failure and leadership by example. The most enjoyable part of the book is the long list of utterly dunderheaded quotations from experts in various fields declaring that such innovations as submarines, nuclear power, railroads and steamships are impossible. We recommend this book because it will encourage you to question your assumptions and to look for places where conventional wisdom is probably wrong ¿ there's certainly no harm, and a great deal of good, in that.

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