Reading List – The Innovative Leader: How To Inspire Your Team And Drive Creativity

The Book:

The innovative leader
Paul Sloane, in this declaration of innovation, puts forth his vision for a change in the working environment. A non-believer in hierarchy, he recommends breaking internal barriers by empowering employees. Creative analogies and concrete examples compel the professional to work closely and co-create with the team. To gain a competitive advantage, Sloane, in The Innovative Leader, suggests generating ideas and looking for new ways at all times. What’s more, each chapter presents a working guide to the ideas recommended.

¨Innovative leaders are a little schizophrenic. They applaud success but they fear it. They are coldly analytical at some times and hotly passionate at others. Their management styles are sometimes tight and sometimes loose. They start fires and they put them out.¨

Our Favorite Quote:

The innovative leader has to be an arsonist and a firefighter.

Recommended Because:
The Innovative Leader is almost a classic for working professionals. Easy to read, yet provocative, Sloane leaves no stone unturned to incite the reader into changing his ways. Every facet of leadership is covered, from problem analysis and generating ideas to personal fitness. Replace the culture of comfortable incremental progress into one of hungry adventure, he says, and transform the cubicle dweller into an innovation warrior.

What Others Have To Say:
¨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 methods of innovation and creativity to the individual, to business peers, and to the organization. Author Pual 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, Disney, and 3M have benefited from this approach, encouraging excellence and entrepreneurship through challenging goals that keep employees motivated and engaged.¨
– The Publisher

Paul Sloane (wikipedia), speaker on lateral thinking, is the leading author of books of lateral thinking puzzles. He worked at IBM for 11 years, became MD for Ashton-Tate and VP International for Mathsoft.

Kogan Page, 2007. Get it here. 


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