November 25, 2013

Innovation's Dirty Little Secret by Larry Osborne

Innovation isn't about following prescribed steps or having guaranteed overnight success just because you have a great idea.  It's about trial and error, and most likely some failure along the way.  Osborne's book takes leaders through some ideas for leading teams.

The author starts out by talking about having an exit strategy.  Although that's an important consideration for any new venture, it is a discouraging way to start out the book.  However, he does move from there to guide readers through valuable questions about developing a meaningful mission and having a bias for action.  What struck me the most was his comment about hitting a God ordained ceiling.  Business and church leaders often go-go-go in an attempt to grow-grow-grow and need to be sensitive to God's leading on when enough is enough.

The best audience for Innovation's Dirty Little Secret is startups and ministries.  People working in a one-person business may find some new ways of doing things but it's more company driven than for individuals.  It's a good starting point if you haven't pick up a business book in a while.

Disclaimer: I received this book through Cross Focused Reviews in exchange for an honest review.

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