Summary of The Leader's Guide to Lateral Thinking Skills

Powerful Problem-solving Techniques to Ignite Your Team's Potential

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The Leader's Guide to Lateral Thinking Skills book summary
Try improbable combinations, foster frequent brainstorming, and then take those new ideas, test them and put them to work.


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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 dunderheaded quotations from experts in various fields declaring that such innovations as submarines, nuclear power, railroads and steamships are impossible. getAbstract recommends 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.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What techniques and approaches can lead to non-conventional thinking
  • How to use them as a leader


Why You Need to Innovate
Creativity and innovation allow you to: Set forth a vision – Inspire and energize your company. Construct a culture – Build it on openness and inquiry. Devolve power – Share authority with every strata of your...
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About the Author

Paul Sloane is the founder of Destination Innovation. He is the author of 10 books on lateral thinking and problem solving.

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    The clear and creative thinking that leads to breakthroughs is deliberate, critical and a little outlandish. If you tend to see things from a different point of view, congratulations, that's the whole point.

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