Author Archives: Paul Sloane

The leaders of organisations pay lip service to open innovation and claim that their people are open to outside ideas and collaboration but the reality is very different. There appear to be a number of very real impediments: Cultural and Process Barriers… Continue reading

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Lessons in Innovation and Longevity from Hollywood

The people running the big studios are hard headed business professionals who know how to manage a portfolio of risky new products. Continue reading

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Volvo Saved My Life (ad)

In 1959 Nils Bohlin, an engineer at the Swedish Car Manufacturer Volvo, invented the first three point safety belt. It was much more effective than the standard lap belt (as still used on airplanes). Volvo, realising the importance of this invention, chose not to patent it but to share the idea with other vehicle manufacturers. They may have lost some revenues but their action undoubtedly saved many lives and it cemented Volvo’s reputation as a highly ethical company committed to safety. Continue reading

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Bill Gates is renowned for being an open-minded leader receptive to radical ideas. But in turning down the e-reader he was displaying a trait common among leaders. He rejected something with an uncertain future and which did not fit in. Continue reading

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Innovation Lessons from Walt Disney

As a young man Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” It was an inauspicious start for a man who went on to be one of America’s most innovative leaders. Continue reading

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An Innovation Tool - Value Chain Review

Do you want to innovate with your service or process?  Here is an effective method which I use on innovation workshops.  It involves analyzing and questioning every stage of your procedure. Start by breaking the customer journey down into… Continue reading

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Break the Rules – A Lesson from Freddie Mercury

Creative geniuses do not start by tinkering with what exists today. They do not listen to the demands of customers or bosses or critics. They start with their own revolutionary ideas and pursue them relentlessly. Continue reading

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