Paul Sloane is an innovation consultant, author, and speaker. He helps busy executives facing impossible challenges to innovate radical solutions using his six-step lateral method. Sloane is the author of the books The Leader’s Guide to Lateral Thinking Skills and Think Like An Innovator.

Where did you grow up and what was your childhood like? Did you have any particular experiences/stories that shaped your adult life?

I grew up in Blackpool in the north of England in a loving family. I got a grammar school education that served me well.

What is something you wish you would’ve realized earlier in your life?
Change your attitude and you can change your life.

What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise?

Never give up. Winners never quit.

Tell me about one of the darker periods you’ve experienced in life. How you came out of it and what you learned from it?

Daughter had a brain tumour. It was serious but she survived.

What is one thing that you do that you feel has been the biggest contributor to your success so far?

Self-belief.
A good wife.

What is your morning routine? 

7.30 get up.
Drink coffee.
Read emails.

What habit or behavior that you have pursued for a few years has most improved your life?

I try to walk 10,000 steps every day and I listen to podcasts.

What are your strategies for being productive and using your time most efficiently?

I am very poor at this!

What book(s) have influenced your life the most? Why?

How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie.
Compelling Selling by Philip Lund.
Six Thinking Hats by Edward de Bono.

Do you have any quotes you live by or think of often?

“Many a mickle makes a muckle.”