Paul Sloane

"Author of The Innovative Leader and Lateral Thinking Puzzlers"
Author and speaker on innovation and lateral thinking.
Helpful votes received on reviews: 78% (284 of 365)
Location: Camberley, England
In My Own Words:
I am the author of 17 books including The Leader's Guide to Lateral Thinking Skills and The Innovative Leader published by Kogan Page. I have also collaborated with Des MacHale to produce a series of Lateral Thinking Puzzle books published by Sterling Publishing. As an an evangelist for lateral thinking, I help organisations think differently and improve innovation. I speak, write, give courses… Read more

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Lateral Thinking, Innovation, Creativity, Writing, Reading, Puzzles, Chess, Tennis, Golf, Travel, Speaking, Music.

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 11,287 - Total Helpful Votes: 284 of 365
The Big Picture by Douglas Kennedy
The Big Picture by Douglas Kennedy
5.0 out of 5 stars A Super Thriller, 18 Aug 2014
The first couple of chapters are rather mundane so the book takes a little getting into. But once the action starts the story barrels along at terrific pace. The plotting is very clever and intriguing. Kennedy is a great story teller. The tale is made more convincing by the attention to detail but at times he overdoes it. I found the book fascinating and compelling. A super thriller.
Customer Innovation: Customer-centric Strategy for&hellip by Marion Debruyne
Marion Debruyne argues that you should make the customer the centre of your innovation activities and she produces a strong case to support this. She introduces a method using three lenses. The first examines the customer's current problems and issues. The second looks at the entire customer journey. The third lens considers a much broader perspective beyond the current environment. The book does not contain any radical new insights and at times it is a little repetitive but it gives a valuable and comprehensive coverage of customer-centric innovation. I particularly liked the case studies which are up-to-date, relevant and instructive.
A Burnt Out Case (Vintage Classics) by Graham Greene
Graham Greene was a great writer and here he displays a masterly command of language. The key character, Querry, is tortured, enigmatic and initially intriguing. But the story itself flows much slower than the Congo river. The book is consumed with tedious dialogues about the nature of faith or its loss. I found that the book contained too much of Greene's philosophical hang-ups about Christianity, sex and love. One of its main themes is that success is somehow like leprosy - which does not make much sense. The story eventually develops some interesting action but it is a long turgid journey to get there.