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

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

by Paul Sloane



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

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780749440022
Publisher: Kogan Page, Ltd.
Publication date: 06/28/2003
Pages: 186
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.16(h) x 0.61(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

1.The need for innovation4
The challenge of change4
Change, creativity and innovation7
Lateral thinking8
Lateral thinking puzzles9
2.Characteristics of the lateral leader11
3.The innovation test15
4.Laying the foundations for change19
Recognizing the need for change19
Painting the vision20
Tips for setting and communicating the vision26
5.Making the vision real28
Overcoming fear30
Staying focused30
Planning and preparation31
Managing the environment32
Using innovation techniques33
Tips for making the vision a reality34
6.Challenge your assumptions36
Tips for challenging assumptions42
7.Ask searching questions46
Imagination and knowledge49
Creating a questioning organization50
Tips for asking questions51
8.Take a different view55
Visual links59
Tips for adopting a different point of view61
9.Combine the unusual63
Silly combinations are sometimes the strongest65
Tips for forcing combinations66
10.Adapt, adopt, improve68
Tips for finding ideas you can adopt and adapt71
11.Change the rules73
Look at the rules in your business78
Tips for breaking the rules80
12.Increase the yield81
Harvest the field83
Tips for increasing the yield84
13.Implement and evaluate85
Implementation priorities87
Evaluation: the gating process89
14.Welcome failure93
Accidents will happen--so make the most of them94
Tips for welcoming failure97
15.Use the team99
Tips for using the team103
When to go outside--using the external team104
Tips for using external sources of ideas106
16.Organizing for innovation107
The challenge for smaller enterprises107
How the larger enterprise should prepare109
Measuring creativity113
Tips for organizing for innovation115
17.Common mistakes: 12 great ways to crush creativity117
Neglecting brainstorms118
Problem hoarding119
Efficiency over innovation119
It isn't in the plan120
Laying the blame120
Wrong rewards121
Outsourcing change121
Promotion from within122
Giving innovation projects to production units122
No training123
The magic sentence126
Lateral leadership in action130
19.The lateral leadership course131
The participants132
Phase IIcebreakers and energizers to start133
Phase IIBrainstorming to start the flow134
Phase IIIThe vision and its components135
Phase IVCreative exercises140
Phase VStrategy, goals and objectives140
Phase VIQuestioning exercises143
Phase VIICommunications plan144
Phase VIIIStaff issues and empowerment145
Phase IXCompetitive and product workshop146
Phase XInnovation process and gating plan146
Phase XISummary and action list147
Phase XIIFollow-up session148
Appendix 1Exercises150
Appendix 2Answers to lateral thinking puzzles172
References and recommended reading177
Further reading181

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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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