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The Innovative Leader: How to Inspire Your Team and Drive Creativity [Paperback]

Paul Sloane
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3 May 2007

"Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion." Jack Welch, former CEO, GE

The Innovative Leader stresses the importance of innovation and creativity in modern business to help organizations secure competitive advantage over rivals. It shows how to apply the methods described to the individual, to others and to the organization.

Author Paul Sloane demonstrates the importance of setting out your vision clearly and emphasizes the need for continual evaluation of the process. Numerous international examples illustrate how organizations such as Virgin, Body Shop, WPP and 3M have benefited from this approach, encouraging excellence and entrepreneurship through setting challenging goals to keep employees motivated and engaged.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Kogan page; 1 edition (3 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749450010
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749450014
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Applies the lessons of lateral thinking to leadership, advocating vision and innovation over control."
--, Spring 2008

"Contains examples from Virgin, Google, IBM, Toyota, 3M, Disney and WPP, plus advice, guidance and tools to help your team analyse problems and generate ideas." -- Inventique

"Designed to be read in bite-sized chunks the book contains examples, advice, guidance and valuable tools that can be put to use immediately..helps develop your creative muscle."
-- Business Executive, November 2007

"Guaranteed to make you think differently,...Read it end to end and you should be ready to make your fortune!"
-- Geoff Dodds, Head of Brand Strategy, Lloyds of London

"I've read it in a three hour trip from Zagreb to Osijek. This describes how fluently it is written, and how interesting it was..a welcoming book to every new innovation manager or leader."
-- "Innovation Living blog, Feb 2008

"If you wanted one book to encapsulate creativity and innovation pick this one. Both an inspiration and a reference for success in innovation." -- Leadership Blog, May 2008

"Innovation is a key characteristic of great leaders...Paul's book provides practical tips to help anyone in their quest to develop their creative muscles." -- Mark Durrant, Communications Director, EMEA, Motorola

"Sloane combines an impressive depth of knowledge about what works and doesn't work in the world of innovation, along with a strong background in lateral thinking - a chief source of ideas that fuel breakthrough innovation."

'the book is simple, accessible and admirably brief'
-- The Independent - Summer 2007

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Essential reading for leaders this book is full of inspirational ways to improve the creativity of your team, drive innovation and boost the performance of any organization.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
When you follow the business surveys year after year, you'll notice that so many companies say something like "we need more creativity" or "innovation is important to us". It's very reassuring to hear that corporates and SME's understand the value of creative thinking and innovation: doing things differently, creating differentiation from competitors, and constantly innovating and improving.
What experience and evidence seems to suggest is that companies struggle to make "creativity" or innovation happen (or happen successfully) within their organisation.
Those that are struggling should pick up a copy of The Innovative Leader. It's a superbly practical and well-structured guide to getting the ball rolling, to encourage individual creativity and put the building blocks in place to allow creativity and innovation to become part of the culture within an organisation. Sections 4 and 5 are particularly pertinent to the "strugglers" out there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An action-packed book! 22 July 2007
Aspiring creative leader, let Paul Sloane's "The Innovative Leader" be a guide for your actions, for your business, for yourself. It's a great book!

It's fun. It's serious. It's one hundred and seven things to do for yourself, for your company, with your people. Each section is between half a page and three pages. It's organized under six headings: Leading Innovation, Problem Analysis, Generating Ideas, Implementing innovation processes, Building a creative culture, Personal creativity.

It's practical. It's simple. It's a list of things to do and be. Don't tell, ask. Keep fit. Train for innovation. Try weird combinations. Tell stories. Be passionate. Encourage dissent.

It's challenging. It's disruptive. It's high energy.

Aspiring creative leader, will you really do this stuff? Or some of it? You should. It's simple. Not easy. Try. You have nothing to lose but your rusty chains to obsolescence. You have a world to win.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Inspiring Read 10 Sep 2007
If you run or work in a business which is slow to change or is risk averse, then I would advise you to read this book. Paul gives a lot of practical guidance which I found stimulating and inspiring. Once you can contextualise it to your own situation you can see the possibilities that Paul talks about at length.
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5.0 out of 5 stars INNOVATE OR DIE 18 May 2007
Paul Sloane's latest book is a great read. Short punchy chapters in six different sections make this one of the easiest to read "management" books I have ever read. Full of innovation and both big and little ideas, there is something in it for everyone in business be it BP plc or a small enterprise with less than 50 employees. The final section on personal creativity has a place in everyone's life be it work or leisure with great practical suggestions under headings such as "Simplify your life" and "Be disconnected".
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book for everyone dealing with innovations 30 Jan 2008
I find this book really interesting because it's written in a way that newly appointed innovation manager can understand.
Chapters are sorted in a way that it can be useful as a manual too. The examples shown in this book are helping in a big way to undestand the theme.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simplicity is a Value !! 10 Oct 2008
In a fast changing complex world, we need to acknowledge the need for innovation and the type of leadership that can not only cope with but also inspire people to have the confidence to tackle the challenges that this new emerging culture will bring. In view of current global happenings and the inevitable 'crash' of the old financial model, Paul's timing could not have been better. Having been personally involved in creativity training for a number of years, I have learnt that what audiences most enjoy are basic techniques backed with real life examples. And that's what this book is all about. Written in plain English and indexed in 6 sections it covers more than you will ever need to understand the underlying principles that will help you generate breakthrough solutions that will inspire yourself and your people. Within each section you get 1 or 2 page chapters with text explaining the heading, backed by examples taken from real life. It's really as simple as that. What more do you need?
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