Paul Sloane, UK

Paul Sloane, UK
Author and Speaker

What is lateral thinking and why do project managers need it?
Sunday, May 30 at 2:10 pm – 2:40 pm CEST

In this presentation Paul Sloane, author of The Leader’s Guide to Lateral Thinking, will explain what constitutes lateral thinking and how it can help project managers to avoid disasters and achieve success. The talk includes stories, examples, and practical tips together with some lateral puzzles to challenge your thinking and stimulate your mind. We will review how to challenge assumptions, how to ask the right kinds of question, how to adopt a different point of view and how to harness random inputs. It will help you to be a more creative problem solver.

Paul Sloane is an entertaining, thought-provoking, motivational speaker and a recognized expert on lateral thinking, innovation, crowdsourcing and leadership. He is the author of 30 books on lateral puzzles, creativity, innovation and leadership. Over 2 million copies of his books have been sold.

He is an expert facilitator, link presenter and course leader. His keynote and after-dinner talks will enliven your event with a unique blend of puzzling challenges, humour and hard-hitting business messages. His workshops and innovation camps provide you with great ideas and practical techniques to improve leadership and innovation. Clients include Bayer, Bertelsmann, Microsoft, Reckitt Benckiser, GSK, Nike, Novartis, Swarovski and Unilever.

Paul took a first in Engineering at Cambridge. He joined IBM where he came top of Sales School. He went on to be Marketing Director and then MD of the database leaders, Ashton-Tate. He became VP International for MathSoft Inc. and CEO of Monactive Ltd.

His book titles include:

  • The Leader’s Guide to Lateral Thinking Skills
  • The Innovative Leader
  • Think like an Innovator
  • How to be a Brilliant Thinker
  • Lateral Thinking Puzzlers
  • A Guide to Open Innovation & Crowdsourcing

His articles on innovation and leadership have appeared in leading business publications. His inspirational talks on innovation, creative thinking and leadership, described as ‘rocket fuel for the business brain’, have proved popular with conference audiences worldwide. The Klout site rates him as one of the top five experts on innovation on social media. He has over 40000 followers on Twitter – @PaulSloane.

Some quotes from clients:

Paul did a great job as a keynote speaker at our conference. Microsoft

Really useful material presented enthusiastically and with immediate relevance. BT

A good mix of presentations and case studies. Shell

Your talk and workshops were excellent. The presentation struck a chord with the engineers and managers, and made them think about how they are approaching innovation. Nokia

Paul provided an entertaining and provocative session that both challenged people’s working assumptions and developed their knowledge of how to nurture novel ideas. ARM