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Paul Sloane

Founder at Destination Innovation

Camberley, United Kingdom

39961 Followers

Paul Sloane gained a first class degree in Engineering from Cambridge University. He came top of Sales School at IBM. He went on to become a Marketing Director, Managing Director and CEO of software companies. He has written over 20 books which have sold over 2 million copies in total. His most popular book is Lateral Thinking Puzzlers which has sold over 300,000 copies and been translated into many languages. His top business book is The Leader's Guide to Lateral Thinking Skills. He runs leadership master classes on lateral thinking and innovation with top corporations around the world. He has been a visiting lecturer at Cambridge University, Lancaster University, Henley Business School and the Mumbai Institute of Technology. His Tedx talk is available on Youtube. It is entitled 'Are your Open-Minded?'

Available For: Consulting, Speaking
Travels From: London
Speaking Topics: Lateral Thinking in Business, Leadership of Innovation, Building a Culture of Agility

Paul SloanePoints
Academic0
Author366
Influencer480
Speaker6
Entrepreneur20
Total872

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Company Information

Company Type: Company
Business Unit: Consultancy
Theatre: UK
Media Experience: 10 Years
Last Media Training: 04/22/2015
Last Media Interview: 04/06/2020

Areas of Expertise

Future of Work 34.66
Innovation 46.23
Leadership 35.86
Entrepreneurship 47.74
Management 30.43
Analytics 35.15
Change Management 30.17
Sales 30.66
Open Innovation 36.76
Business Strategy 30.14

Industry Experience

Aerospace & Defense
Consumer Products
High Tech & Electronics
Higher Education & Research
Professional Services

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Publications

5 Books
1234 Wacky, Witty and Wonderful Words: A collection of curious, fascinating or funny words and their stories
Independently published
January 24, 2021
A collection of our favourite fascinating words. It includes cunning curiosities, remarkable rarities, wonderful words and tremendous trivia. All the words are in use or have been in use in the English language. Most of the entries are serious and educational but occasionally we have sprinkled in something unexpected and facetious. Some sample entries: ARNOLD is a boy’s name which has two anagrams which are also boys’ names – ROLAND and RONALD.

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Tags: Innovation

The Leader's Guide to Lateral Thinking Skills
Kogan Page
September 03, 2017
Lateral thinking can help you transform your ability to generate ideas, unlock the creative potential of your team and make your organization more innovative. With a lively, energetic and practical approach, The Leader's Guide to Lateral Thinking Skills will teach you dynamic, up-to-date techniques to unleash the creative energies of your people and show you how to put the techniques to work immediately. Lateral thinking can turn your organization around and make you a better leader.

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Tags: Future of Work, Innovation, Leadership

Think Like an Innovator
Pearson
August 10, 2016
Inspiring stories from the lives and works of great thinkers and innovators. From Beethoven to Elon Musk. What insights can we gain from these thought leaders?

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Tags: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Leadership

A Guide to Open Innovation and Crowdsourcing: Advice From Leading Experts
Kogan Page
March 15, 2011
Open innovation and crowdsourcing are among the hottest topics in strategy and management today. The concept of capturing ideas in a hub of collaboration, together with the outsourcing of tasks to a large group of people or community is a revolution that is rapidly changing business culture. A Guide to Open Innovation and Crowdsourcing explains how to use the power of ideas and people outside your organization to turbocharge your innovation. Failure to embrace these approaches could mean getting left behind

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Tags: Innovation, Open Innovation, Entrepreneurship

How to be a Brilliant Thinker
Kogan Page
January 03, 2010
Do you want to have great ideas? Do you want to break out of the rut of conventional thinking? Would you like to be a genius? Would presenting brilliant ideas help in your job, career and social life? How to be a Brilliant Thinker will help you to achieve all these ideals, by helping you to think in powerful new ways. It shows you how to harness techniques in lateral thinking, analytical thinking, problem analysis, idea generation and other areas so that you become much more creative. You will be able to conceive, evaluate and implement great ideas as well as improve your memory, sell your ideas and win arguments. It is packed with practical methods that you can put to immediate use, backed up by exercises, puzzles, quizzes, graphics and illustrations.

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Tags: Analytics, Innovation

1 Founder
Founder of Destination Innovation
Destination Innovation
April 02, 2015
Paul Sloane is the founder of Destination Innovation, a consultancy which provides Master Classes, Consultancy and talks on lateral thinking, leadership and innovation.

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Tags: Entrepreneurship

22 Podcasts
Insights from Successful People
Podomatic
February 01, 2021
Lessons and turning points from the lives of interesting and successful people. A series of interviews.

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Tags: Business Strategy, Innovation, Management

Paul MacCready and Eric Migicovsky
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December 06, 2020
Let's review the achievements of two great modern innovators.  Paul MacCready (1925 – 2007) was an American aeronautical engineer and inventor of the first human-powered aircraft.  Eric Migicovsky (born 1986) is the Canadian enrepreneur who invented the Pebble Watch and founded Pebble In

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Tags: Innovation, Leadership, Entrepreneurship

Ricardo Semler and Rob McEwen
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November 16, 2020
We review the achievements of two leading industrialists, innovators and lateral thinkers.  Ricardo Semler (born 1959) is a Brazilian businessman who has revolutionized management thinking with the practices at his companies.  Rob McEwen (born 1950) is a Canadian mine owner who ran one the

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Tags: Innovation, Leadership, Entrepreneurship

Joseph Lister and Govindapa Venkataswamy
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October 21, 2020
In this episode of the podcast series we consider the achievements of two influential medical innovators.  Joseph Lister (1827 - 1912) was the Scottish surgeon who pioneered antiseptic surgery and sterilisation of equipment.  Govinda Vekataswamy (1918 - 2006) was the Indian eye surgeon who

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Tags: Innovation, Leadership, Entrepreneurship

Pablo Picasso and Roy Lichtenstein
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October 06, 2020
Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973) is the most famous painter of the modern era.  He is considered by some to be five artists in one.  Roy Lichtenstein (1923 - 1997) responded to his son's challenge to become a leading figure in the Pop Art movement.

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Tags: Innovation, Leadership, Entrepreneurship

Soichiro Honda and Akio Morita
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September 22, 2020
We learn lessons from two great Japanese engineers, industrialists, innovators and marketers.  They created companies which became world leaders.  Soichiro Honda (1906 - 1991) founded the Honda Motor Company.  Akio Morita (1921 - 1999) was the co-founder of Sony Corporation.

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Tags: Innovation, Leadership, Entrepreneurship

Hiram Maxim and John Harrison
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September 07, 2020
We examine the works of two great inventors.  Sir Hiram Maxim (1840 - 1916) was an American who became a British Citizen and patented over 100 inventions and designs.  John Harrison (1693 - 1776) was the English master clockmaker who dedicated his life to winning the first great crowdsourc

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Tags: Innovation, Leadership, Entrepreneurship

Michelangelo and Salvador Dali
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August 19, 2020
Let me tell you about two towering geniuses, astists who were prolific in different fields and who, unusually for artists, were famous in their lifetimes.  Michelangelo (1475 - 1564) was the Italian renaissance genius of painting, sculpture and architecture.  Salvador Dali (1904 - 1989) wa

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Tags: Innovation, Leadership, Entrepreneurship

Marie Curie and Dmitri Mendeleev
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July 30, 2020
In this episode we review the lives and achievements of two towering figures in the world of 19th century science.  Marie Curie (1867 - 1934) pioneered work in radioactivity, discovered two new elements and is the only winner of two Nobel prizes in different sciences.  Dmitri Mendeleev (18

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Tags: Innovation, Leadership, Entrepreneurship

J K Rowling and Hans Christian Andersen
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July 12, 2020
J K Rowling (born 1965) is the British author of the Harry Potter series, the best-selling book series in history.  Hans Christian Andersen (1805 - 1875) is the Danish author of many classic fairy stories.  What inspired these literary geniuses to create works which would entrance children

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Tags: Innovation, Leadership, Entrepreneurship

Muhammad Yunus and Travis Kalanick
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June 28, 2020
Here we have two dynamic innovators and entrepreneurs.  They created enterprises which changed the world and yet they both fell from grace.  Muhammad Yunus founded the Grameen Bank, pioneered microfinance and won the Nobel Peace Prize.  Travis Kalanick founded Uber, at one stage  

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Tags: Innovation, Leadership, Entrepreneurship

Harry Selfridge and Ingvar Kamprad
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June 10, 2020
We discuss the achievements of two highly influential retail innovators.  Harry Selfridge (1858 - 1947) was an American who created the great department store in Oxford Street, London which carries his name.  Ingvar Kamprad (1926 - 2018) was the Swedish entrepreneur who created IKEA and bu

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Tags: Innovation, Leadership, Entrepreneurship

Madonna and Miles Davis
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May 28, 2020
We review the work of two contrasting musical icons.  Madonna (born 1958) is the Queen of pop music.  She has sold over 300 million records and is recognised as the best-selling female recording artist of all time.   Miles Davis (1926 - 1991) is a legendary trumpeter, composer an

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Tags: Innovation, Leadership, Entrepreneurship

Levi Strauss and Ray Kroc
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May 16, 2020
The stories of two great American entrepreneurs whose products and companies are familiar to us today.  Levi Strauss (1829 - 1902) was the creator of the iconic fashion item, the blue jean.  Ray Kroc (1902 - 1984),  born in the year that Strauss died, was the entrepreneur who built Mc

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Tags: Innovation, Leadership, Entrepreneurship

Tim Berners-Lee, Larry Page and Sergey Brin
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May 07, 2020
We review insights from the brilliant work of some of the giants of the Internet.  Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, is the geek who changed the world.  Larry Page and Sergey Brin were the two graduate students who created Google - almost by accident.

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Tags: Innovation, Leadership, Entrepreneurship

Johannes Gutenberg and George de Mestral
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April 29, 2020
We look at two great inventors.  Johannes Gutenberg (1398 - 1468) was the German craftsman who invented the printing press, which had a truly groundbreaking effect across Europe.  George de Mestral (1907 - 1990) was a Swiss Engineer who invented Velcro.  In this short episode we learn

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Tags: Innovation, Leadership, Entrepreneurship

Oprah Winfrey and Sidney Bernstein
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April 22, 2020
In this short broadcast we tell the stories of two great media moguls.  Oprah Winfrey rose from a disadvantaged background to become one of the most influential people in the world.  Sideny Bernstein founded Granada TV and in doing so displayed a remarkable piece of lateral thinking.

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Tags: Innovation, Leadership, Entrepreneurship

Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk
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April 15, 2020
In this episode we look at the achievements of two great modern day entrepreneurs.  Jeff Bezos is the founder of Amazon.  Elon Musk is a serial entrepreneur who built Paypal, SpaceX and Tesla Motors.

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Tags: Innovation, Leadership, Entrepreneurship

Edward Jenner and Florence Nightingale
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April 08, 2020
Edward Jenner (1749 - 1823) was an English country doctor who discovered the smallpox vaccine.  Florence Nightingale (1820 - 1910) was the founder of modern nursing.  These two innovators had enormous influence over subsequent medical practice and their actions have saved millions of lives

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Tags: Innovation, Leadership, Entrepreneurship

Anita Roddick and Don Estridge
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April 02, 2020
In today's episode we look at the work of two radical rule-breakers and business innovators.  Anita Roddick was an entrepreneur and activist who founded the Body Shop.  Don Estridge is known as the "father of the IBM PC".  What can we learn from these two revolutionaries?

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Tags: Innovation, Leadership, Entrepreneurship

Gandhi and Kennedy
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March 31, 2020
In this episode we look at the actions of two visonary leaders, Mahatma Gandhi and John F Kennedy.   How did these political giants inspire their countrymen to take on and accomplish difficult challenges?  

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Tags: Innovation, Leadership, Entrepreneurship

David Bowie and Freddie Mercury
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March 30, 2020
In this episode we explore the work of two towering legends of popular music, David Bowie and Freddie Mercury.  What made them so influential?  What lessons can we learn from their ground-breaking creations?

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Tags: Innovation, Leadership, Entrepreneurship

2 Speaking Engagements
Tedx Talk - Les avantages d'être scandaleux
Tedx
March 03, 2020
Talk at Uni LaSalle Tedx in Beauvais, France. The advantages of being outrageous.

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Tags: Change Management, Leadership, Sales

Tedx Talk - Are You Open-Minded?
Youtube
April 19, 2016
Paul Sloane explores whether we are really open-minded in this provocative and popular Tedx talk.

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Tags: Leadership, Management

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