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

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Kogan Page Publishers, 2007 - Business & Economics - 196 pages
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The Innovative Leader is written to address, in a practical way, the questions of innovation that managers face: How can managers transform employees from cubicle dwellers into innovation warriors? Where can the ideas come from to fuel the supply of innovation? How does one find the time and resources to try new ideas? Sloane stresses the competitive advantage of innovation and creativity in modern business. He shows how to apply methods of innovation and creativity to the individual, to business peers, and to the organization. Paul Sloane demonstrates the importance of setting out one's vision clearly, and he emphasizes the need for continual evaluation of the process. Through numerous international examples he illustrates how organizations such as Virgin, Body Shop, Disney, and 3M have benefited from this approach, encouraging excellence and entrepreneurship through challenging goals that keep employees motivated and engaged.
 

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Contents

Have a vision for change
5
Issue a declaration of innovation
7
Set drastic expectations
8
Fight the fear of change
9
Tell stories
11
Set goals for innovation
13
Get rid of the cynics
15
Throw down a challenge
16
Implementing innovation processes
97
Allocate time and resources for innovation
99
Give everyone two jobs
100
Identify the need for replacement
101
Borrow with pride
102
Train for innovation
105
Measure progress
106
Broadcast success
107

Encourage dissent
17
Be an arsonist and a fire fighter
19
Think like a venture capitalist
20
Break down internal barriers
22
Destroy the hierarchy
24
Have your best people working on innovation
26
Be passionate
28
Problem analysis
31
Diagnose the current situation
33
Analyse problems
35
Ask Why Why?
36
Use Six Serving Men
38
Redefine the problem
40
Ask What business are we in?
42
Generating ideas
45
Have a suggestions scheme
47
Run ideas events
49
Allow line manager bypass
50
Plan your brainstorm meetings
51
Brainstorm meetings generate great ideas
55
Brainstorm meetings evaluate the ideas
57
Juice up your brainstorm meetings
59
Bring in unrelated experts
61
Use a facilitator
63
Break the rules
64
Define your ideal competitor
66
Try weird combinations
67
Go for quantity
70
Try a different environment
72
Conceive a different business model
74
Ask Who killed our business?
76
Look for new ways to reach the customer
78
Anticipate the wave
80
Innovate by subtraction
81
Look for the solution within the problem
83
AskWhat if ?
86
Pass the parcel
87
Look for a distant relation
89
Idealize the answer
91
Be careful what and how you reject
93
Wear Six Thinking Hats
94
Reward success
108
Track the astonishing
110
Be cool or outsource cool
111
Collaborate
113
Observe customers
115
Cocreate
117
Create a community
119
Crowdsource
121
Gate the process
122
Appoint innovation champions
124
Run an innovation incubator
125
Employ an ideas searcher
127
Kill the losers
129
Build prototypes
130
Implement
132
Overcome customer resistance
134
Building a creative culture
137
Dont tell ask
139
Praise the innovators
141
Focus on what went right
142
Make it fun
144
Welcome failure
146
Fear success
149
Set puzzles
150
Use the right language
152
Make your own products obsolete
154
Trust
155
Empower employees
156
Personal creativity
159
Check assumptions
161
Ask questions
163
Move out of your comfort zone
165
Simplify things
167
Look at things from a different angle
169
Trust your intuition
171
Incubate
173
Dont take the first answer
174
Develop your personal creativity
175
Become an evangelist
177
Index
191
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Paul Sloane is the founder of Destination Innovation (www.destination-innovation.com). He was a top salesman with IBM, UK, MD of Ashton-Tate, VP International for MathSoft Inc and CEO of Monactive. Clients for his presentations and workshops include Vodafone, GlaxoSmithKline, Phillip Morris, IBM, Equant, BT, Prudential and L`Oreal. He is the author of The Leader's Guide to Lateral Thinking Skills, also published by Kogan Page.

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