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27 May 2020
10.00 am – 12.00 noon

WorkingFree Online Masterclass – Innovation by Paul Sloane

An Innovation Masterclass from WorkingFree 

by Paul Sloane & Working Free Ltd (Duration 2 hours including break)

This Innovation Masterclass follows the free Innovation Webinar held on 13.5.20 – and those who attended that event will be more at ease with this opportunity to examine in greater depth the key principles involved in making Innovation a major and meaningful part of the way you work with clients.

It is worth repeating some of the content from the Innovation Webinar introduction:-

This is a Topic with a difference. The aim is not to turn you into another Paul Sloane – or even into a specialist in Innovation.  It is about how to deliver beyond clients’ expectations. You think beyond the brief. You develop an Innovation Mindset. It is about turning clients into enthusiastic supporters – because of what you have achieved for them – and how you have achieved it.  It is more about being asked back; you get recommended; you develop a professional reputation. Your client becomes a leadership colleague. 


Indeed, the ability to lead innovation is a key skill for senior and mid-level executives – particularly when operating on an independent basis.    This Webinar will help you start to develop an Innovation Mindset, enable you to become a much more creative and innovative practitioner in whatever you choose to do as an Independent. It teaches you to extend your creative horizons and to make better decisions.

Two hours will enable you to explore the potential of the various approaches and techniques and learnings developed by the widely acclaimed Paul Sloane.  You can read more at – www.workingfree.co.uk/innovation/

The objective of this Innovation Masterclass is to take you further into the principles, techniques and processes that will overlay the way you manage your business or advise others how best to run theirs.

These are the key parts of this Masterclass:-

  • Building a Culture of Creativity and Enterprise
  • Recap on Leadership Precepts
  • Give Everyone two jobs.
  • Overcoming complacency and aversion to risk.
  • Overcoming Silos
  • Learning from Failure
  • Praising success
  • The Motto of the Innovative Leader

Implementing Processes for Innovation

  • Allocating time and resources
  • Suggestions schemes and packages
  • Key Metrics

Generating Ideas

  • Analyse the Problem
  • Asking the right questions
  • Allow line manager bypass
  • Brainstorms – idea generation
  • Brainstorms – idea selection

Looking Outside – Open Innovation and Crowdsourcing

  • Bring in an unrelated expert
  • Open Innovation
  • Metrics for OI
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Summary

The 8 key stages to Lead Innovation

  • Innovation teams
  • Key considerations
  • Summary and Key Tips

Footnote:  This Masterclass will also appeal to senior Corporate Directors of whatever professional discipline looking at the unknown challenges and dangers of the coming  months and reflecting on what they need to be and to do for their organisations to succeed – yet alone survive.  You might find it helpful to read this  – www.workingfree.co.uk/our-clients/

Paul Sloane’s Innovation Sophistication Index.


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?’


Working Free Ltd- www.WorkingFree.co.uk –  is a specialist career advisory business supporting senior Director-level executives coming off the permanent payroll into an independent working lifestyle. Working Free coaches them from dependency into independency – for their own future; for the enlightened reputation of their sponsoring organisations and – increasingly – for the benefit of the community. Reflecting the level at which we operate, these senior executives will be in their 50s but with many in their 40s.

Working Free has a broad range of modular Workshops all aimed at senior people looking to now operate on an independent basis.  We divide our services between Corporates through our Pathfinder Programme and Individuals through the same material but with more bespoke admin arrangements. Webinar delivery is becoming more popular now and we are all geared up for that.  All our Programmes are designed to fit in with the Working Free website.  Our preference is to deliver everything face to face – seeing the personal interactions as part of the leaning and networking process – but we are happy to configure to suit, particularly through our Threshold Webinar and Workshops Programme


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At Devonshire House, the Events we promote always aim to reflect the best of current management thinking and – at our best – at issues that need a good airing – some serious exposure – and some animated debate!  All of this collaboration gets us closer to some fascinating organisations and people………………… such as Working Free.

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