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Innovation's Dirty Little Secret (Leadership Network Innovation Series) [Hardcover]

Larry Osborne
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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan Main; First edition (15 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310494508
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310494508
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.4 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,778,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Innovation's Dirty Little Secret 27 Jan 2014
So what is Innovation's Dirty Little Secret? I asked myself as I picked a new book to read.
How dirty is it?
How little is it?
How much of a secret is it?

And i suppose that was my hesitation in picking up this book, the title suggests a revelation that the reader would not otherwise have realised. For me the contents and innovation's secret wasn't anything particularly new, but was something quite timely. It was helpful to read over the period of a new calendar year as it does pick out some really key leadership principles.

The most challenging to me and also the first principle of the book was about being prepared to fail. That effective innovation probably comes through a series of failures, of ideas that didn't quite work, or that needed tweaking. I was helped by the challenged that as a leader I shouldn't avoid doing things because they might fail, but I should keep doing things because they might fail, yes, but they may also succeed.

The contents of this book encourages the reader to take on the traits of a serial innovator, someone who isn't afraid to fail, but through careful planning, leadership and strategy see's their ideas and creativity become innovation on a regular basis.

So in that regard, It was a helpful reminder, a challenging read. Maybe the biggest innovation is the realisation that there is nothing that is really new, everything is a re-mix that becomes new to and through the eyes and circumstance of the reader.

I'd definately recommend and re-visit
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding explanation of innovation 23 Oct 2013
By John Gibbs - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Most innovations fail; they always have, and they always will. That is innovation's dirty little secret, according to Larry Osborne in this book. Failure is an integral part of the change process, and yet change is necessary for survival and growth, so the key to success is to encourage numerous low-cost innovations, knowing that most will fail, but in the hope that some will succeed.

According to the author, you cannot simply trust what innovators tell you. Some have just struck it lucky, while others are unaware of why they are successful. There is however a defined set of characteristics possessed by a serial innovator:

* They have a special kind of insight, for predicting what will and won't work and how large groups of people will respond to a new idea.
* They have a unique form of courage, which involves trusting their mental model and taking carefully calculated risks.
* They have extraordinary flexibility, which enables them to make adjustments to their mental model as new data becomes available.
* They never commit to an innovation without having a planned, graceful way out in the event of failure.

I was particularly struck by the author's observation that the characteristics of serial innovators tend to be innate, and not something that can be taught or learned.

The book goes on to explain numerous aspects of innovation including:

* Key factors in igniting and accelerating innovation
* Factors which sabotage innovation including poor leadership, herd mentality, the desire for harmony, the use of surveys, and past successes
* How to break through barriers of competency and complexity
* How to create and sustain vision
* How to create a legacy of innovation

This is a very clear and well-written book, definitely one of the best books on innovation that I have read. The author is the pastor of a large church, and the primary intended audience is probably church leaders, but the principles are applicable to all types of organisations including businesses.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Innovation's Dirty Little Secret 23 Oct 2013
By G. Branch - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is much better than it could've been. Yes, I've read Lencioni and a few others and this one can hold its own with them. First of all it isn't all about how to run a church. It isn't pure business either. What Osborne covers is important for both sides. Lots of people skills here and he doesn't mince words about how to deal with problems---your own and the others. Deal with them, but maybe from an angle you hadn't expected to read.

His first section starts right. You have to have an exit strategy ready at the outset. Innovations fail frequently and damage control matters for everyone and especially the leader of the group. Communication strategies matter. Picking the right battle, having a clear vision that is clear to more than the leader matter. Enlisting the right people at the right time matters, identifying the right people matters. The size team and governance matters. All that is stuff you know or have read about. Osborne gives his reader a few tips about each of those areas and a little more. I say a few because this book is only 170 plus pages. An airport read size book. Important for the busy person.

His style is condensed and direct and in some cases may even ruffle your feathers. That's OK. They'll settle back into place. But hopefully not before you have given some thought to why that was so. He warns of the dangers of success, too. It does come with some.

This one is one for you and your team to look at and absorb what the author has to say. Talk about it and begin the process.

This book was provided to me by the publisher via Booksneeze in exchange for a review.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT MLM's WON'T TELL YOU 22 Oct 2013
By Marsha Randolph - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
What is innovation? It is the introduction of something new be it an idea, a device, a procedure or such. According to Larry Osborne there is a little known principle associated with innovation and he shares this principle in his book `INNOVATION'S DIRTY LITTLE SECRET Why Serial Innovators Succeed Where Others Fail.
As an individual who participates in multi-level marketing this INNOVATIONS DIRTY LITTLE SECRET was and is a very helpful and informative book. I admit that some of the ideas presented I have, through experience, figured out for myself however it is good to know someone agrees with my theory.
If it is your intention of starting your own business INNOVATIONS DIRTY LITTLE SECRET is a you really should read book. If you are thinking about or started a multi-level, network marketing, home based recruiting type, or follow the formula and you can succeed type business (whatever you want to call it they are pretty much the same) this book is a must read.
Every business is not for everyone thus it is necessary to enter into any venture with eyes wide open. This book will help you do this. If you started a business and things are not going well this book will help you make the one decision most recruiters will not discuss in a positive manor: an exit strategy. In addition to other principles important to contemplate Mr. Osborne discusses "the wall" something many have experienced.
I recommend this book. Purchase your own copy and give this to your team members as you recruit them.

I receive a complimentary copy of this book with the understanding that my review would be fair and honest.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In the Trenches Wisdom for Dealing with Innovation, Failure and Change 30 Oct 2013
By Richard Burkey Lifelong Learner - Published on
Some books are written from ivory towers, others are from the trenches. Innovation's Dirty Little Secret by Larry Osborne and is an in the trenches book that will help you navigate innovation and change.

Larry writes a fast paced book filled with the wisdom of a sage. Based not only on his experience but also the experiences of others, Larry charts a path for dealing with innovation.

By the way, the dirty little secret of innovation -- it fails. That's why you need an exit strategy and perhaps a greater realization that your greatest problem may be the road to your latest innovation.

Larry defines an innovation as having 2 components: "(1) work in the real word, and (2) be widely adopted within a particular organization or industry or in the marketplace."

Innovation's Dirty Little Secret is written to leaders dealing with change and seeking to identify next steps for growth. Those looking to develop the next I-phone or latest, greatest invention will be disappointed.

Of the 7 parts of the book, Part 6: Why Vision Matters is my favorite. Mission is the elevator speech statement of what you do. Vision drills down on that statement to flesh out the mission, and develops much like a Polaroid picture -- over time. Vision brings greater clarity to the mission. The Leader's role is to create and sustain vision.

Throughout the book I appreciated not only Larry's sharing of life experience and the wisdom from that, but the frequent inclusion of questions to ask as one works through the innovation process. Questions like: "What (if anything) do we need to change to make our mission statement more ruthlessly honest, widely known, or broadly accepted?"

I give Innovation's Dirty Little Secret 5 out of 5 stars. The combination of in the trench experience, the ability to process that experience for others, and the brutal honesty to include the role of failure in innovation makes this a valuable read for leaders.

My thanks to Zondervan and BookSneeze for a free copy to review. I wasn't required to give a positive review, just an honest one.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Innovation's Dirty Little Secret 25 Oct 2013
By Michael Taylor - Published on
While the author of "Innovation's Dirty Little Secret" is a megachurch pastor, the book may apply to anyone, whether in ministry, business, home, or whatever. The book, around 170 pages and with an easy-to-understand writing style, addresses several points, including:

1. 3 traits of genuine innovators.
2. Reduce resistance to change by trying to experiment instead of trying to oversell or hype a new program. Having been in sales for several years, I understand how over hyping and overselling something can come across as phony and uncaring about current/potential "customers".
3. 7 questions to ask yourself when determining what areas are most ripe for innovation.
4. The 3 essential traits of a mission statement.
5. Success consists of a great idea, proper timing, and excellent execution.
6. The problem with groupthink and the herd mentality.
7. 3 things that can cause an organization to hit the wall.
8. Various means of breaking out of the box and learning new ways of looking for solutions to problems.
9. A major part of leadership is taking resistant people who don't want to go to places where they need to be.
10. 6 things to consider when developing a vision.

There are many more points - read the book to get more.

Highly recommended.
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