Speaker Bio

Paul Sloane

Paul is an entertaining, thoughtprovoking, motivational speaker and a recognised expert on innovation, lateral thinking and leadership. He is the author of 20 books on lateral puzzles, creativity, innovation and leadership. Over 2 million copies of his books have been sold. He was described in The Independent as the ‘King of Lateral Thinking Puzzles.’ His most popular course is Lateral Thinking for Leaders.

He is an expert facilitator and course leader. He gives after-dinner talks and keynote addresses. His talks offer a unique blend of puzzling challenges, humour and hardhitting business messages. His workshops provide practical techniques to improve leadership and innovation.

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Clients include: AA, ARM, Bayer, BT, Cendant, DWP, EADS, GSK, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia, Reckitt Benckiser, Shell and 3M.

Paul took a first in Engineering at Cambridge. He joined IBM where he came top of Sales School.  He was part of the team that launched the IBM PC in the UK. He went on to be MD of the  database leaders, Ashton-Tate. He became VP International for MathSoft Inc. and CEO of  Monactive Ltd. He heads the BQF Innovation Unit. In his book, The Innovative Leader, published by Kogan Page, he explains how leaders can inspire their people to achieve breakthrough  solutions and radical innovations. His articles on innovation and leadership have appeared in leading business publications. His inspirational talks on innovation, creative thinking and leadership, described as ‘rocket fuel for the business brain’, have proved popular with conference audiences in Europe, USA, South Africa and Asia.

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The Innovative Leader

This is a highly interactive workshop with exercises, examples from leading companies and tutorial. Participants will leave with confidence and new tools they can put to immediate use.

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The Innovative Leader

 

Overview:

This workshop equips participants with practical tools and techniques to enable them to:

  • Understand how the relationship between leadership and innovation.
  • Set a vision for innovation.
  • Conceive unorthodox opportunities for their business.
  • Develop a creative climate in the workplace.
  • Use De Bono’s parallel thinking technique, Six Hats.

Outline:

  • Innovation leadership discussion.
  • The characteristics of the innovative leader.
  • Setting a vision for innovation.
  • Developing the culture and processes for innovation.
  • Who killed your business?  Envisioning radical possibilities.
  • What if?  Lateral thinking method.
  • De Bono’s Six Thinking Hats.

Outcomes:

This is a highly interactive workshop with exercises, examples from leading companies and tutorial. It is also likely to include a range of stimulations, puzzles and humorous diversions.  Participants will leave with confidence and new tools they can put to immediate use.

By the end of the session, participants will:

  • Understand how the leader sets the scene of innovation.
  • Have identified how they can improve their innovation leadership techniques.
  • Be confident in using the Six Hats method.
  • Have developed techniques to improve their personal creativity.

Lateral Leadership

This workshop is designed to motivate leaders and inspire them to unleash the creativity within their organisations. They will learn new skills in idea generation and evaluation.

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Lateral Leadership

 

Overview:

Most CEOs recognise the need for innovation but take a few practical steps to ensure that it happens. How can you help your people to become more entrepreneurial so that they can develop fresh approaches to business issues?

This workshop is designed to motivate leaders and inspire them to unleash the creativity within their organisations. They will learn new skills in idea generation and evaluation.

Outline:

  • The need for creativity and innovation in business.
  • What is impeding innovation in your organisation?
  • Characteristics of the innovative leader.
  • Idea generation techniques.
  • Advanced brainstorming.
  • Reverse the problem.
  • Pass the parcel.
  • Idea evaluation.
  • How to generate radical ideas for your business.

Outcomes:

This workshop is interactive, challenging and fun. Participants will learn practical methods that they can put into immediate use for generating radical innovative ideas in their businesses.

Developing Innovation in Your Business

Participants will leave this half-day workshop with an individual, personal and highly effective marketing plan for their business.

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Developing Innovation in Your Business

 

Overview:

This workshop equips participants with practical tools and techniques to enable them to:

  • Understand innovation and what is impeding innovation in their business
  • Learn problem analysis and idea generation techniques
  • Build a process for innovation in their organisation
  • Develop the ability to inspire their team to be more creative

Outline:

  • Innovation self-assessment.
  • What is impeding innovation.
  • Fishbone or Why, Why? problem analysis.
  • How to run an ideal brainstorm meeting.
  • Common mistakes.
  • Advanced brainstorming including reverse the problem and random word.
  • Idea evaluation and selection.
  • Use of Similes method.
  • Checklist for innovation.

This is a highly interactive workshop with exercises, examples from leading companies and tutorial. It is also likely to include a range of stimulations, puzzles and humorous diversions.  Participants will leave with confidence and new tools they can put to immediate use.

Outcomes:

By the end of the workshop, participants will:

  • Understand the role and benefits of innovation in their business.
  • Have a deeper understanding of how to generate, evaluate and implement ideas.
  • Have a development plan to improve innovation.

The Innovative Leader

This is a highly interactive workshop with exercises, examples from leading companies and tutorial. Participants will leave with confidence and new tools they can put to immediate use.

Read more

 

The Innovative Leader

 

Overview:

This workshop equips participants with practical tools and techniques to enable them to:

  • Understand how the relationship between leadership and innovation.
  • Set a vision for innovation.
  • Conceive unorthodox opportunities for their business.
  • Develop a creative climate in the workplace.
  • Use De Bono’s parallel thinking technique, Six Hats.

Outline:

  • Innovation leadership discussion.
  • The characteristics of the innovative leader.
  • Setting a vision for innovation.
  • Developing the culture and processes for innovation.
  • Who killed your business?  Envisioning radical possibilities.
  • What if?  Lateral thinking method.
  • De Bono’s Six Thinking Hats.

Outcomes:

This is a highly interactive workshop with exercises, examples from leading companies and tutorial. It is also likely to include a range of stimulations, puzzles and humorous diversions.  Participants will leave with confidence and new tools they can put to immediate use.

By the end of the session, participants will:

  • Understand how the leader sets the scene of innovation.
  • Have identified how they can improve their innovation leadership techniques.
  • Be confident in using the Six Hats method.
  • Have developed techniques to improve their personal creativity.

Lateral Leadership

This workshop is designed to motivate leaders and inspire them to unleash the creativity within their organisations. They will learn new skills in idea generation and evaluation.

Read more

 

Lateral Leadership

 

Overview:

Most CEOs recognise the need for innovation but take a few practical steps to ensure that it happens. How can you help your people to become more entrepreneurial so that they can develop fresh approaches to business issues?

This workshop is designed to motivate leaders and inspire them to unleash the creativity within their organisations. They will learn new skills in idea generation and evaluation.

Outline:

  • The need for creativity and innovation in business.
  • What is impeding innovation in your organisation?
  • Characteristics of the innovative leader.
  • Idea generation techniques.
  • Advanced brainstorming.
  • Reverse the problem.
  • Pass the parcel.
  • Idea evaluation.
  • How to generate radical ideas for your business.

Outcomes:

This workshop is interactive, challenging and fun. Participants will learn practical methods that they can put into immediate use for generating radical innovative ideas in their businesses.

Developing Innovation in Your Business

Participants will leave this half-day workshop with an individual, personal and highly effective marketing plan for their business.

Read more

 

Developing Innovation in Your Business

 

Overview:

This workshop equips participants with practical tools and techniques to enable them to:

  • Understand innovation and what is impeding innovation in their business
  • Learn problem analysis and idea generation techniques
  • Build a process for innovation in their organisation
  • Develop the ability to inspire their team to be more creative

Outline:

  • Innovation self-assessment.
  • What is impeding innovation.
  • Fishbone or Why, Why? problem analysis.
  • How to run an ideal brainstorm meeting.
  • Common mistakes.
  • Advanced brainstorming including reverse the problem and random word.
  • Idea evaluation and selection.
  • Use of Similes method.
  • Checklist for innovation.

This is a highly interactive workshop with exercises, examples from leading companies and tutorial. It is also likely to include a range of stimulations, puzzles and humorous diversions.  Participants will leave with confidence and new tools they can put to immediate use.

Outcomes:

By the end of the workshop, participants will:

  • Understand the role and benefits of innovation in their business.
  • Have a deeper understanding of how to generate, evaluate and implement ideas.
  • Have a development plan to improve innovation.

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