Every Saturday morning, I review a book that I read recently. If you missed any, you can read past reviews here. This week’s book is Innovation’s Dirty Little Secret: Why Serial Innovators Succeed Where Others Fail (kindle version) by Larry Osborne.
This book was fantastic. Instead of a full blown review, here are 15 quotes that jumped out to me:
- What is the dirty little secret of innovation? It’s simply this: most innovations fail.
- The success of people is not found in their ability to avoid failure. It’s found in their ability to minimize the impact of failure.
- Innovation is birthed out of answering these two questions: What frustrates me most? What’s broken most?
- Organizational innovation is often ignited by our deepest personal frustrations.
- The kind of mission statement that keeps an organization focused and accelerates innovation doesn’t just happen.
- A mission statement needs to be ruthlessly honest. It should reflect your organization’s passionate pursuit, not merely your wishful thinking, your marketing slogans, or a spirit of political correctness.
- Many leaders confuse mission with marketing.
- A mission statement should be aimed at insiders. Its purpose is to tell those on the inside of the organization where the bull’s-eye lies.
- The purpose of a mission statement is to tell everyone on the inside what we’re aiming at. It’s supposed to let them know what’s most important.
- To impact the daily decisions of an organization, a mission statement must be easily remembered and repeated ad nauseam – and then repeated again.
- When your mission statement is an honest reflection of your passion, is widely known, and is broadly accepted, it will not only help you get where you want to go; it will accelerate innovation.
- God’s will has three components: a what, a when, and a how. Each is equally important. Two out of three won’t cut it. Miss out on any of the three and you’ll end up in the weeds.
- It’s not always the best idea that succeeds. It’s the combination of a great idea, proper timing, and excellent execution that brings success.
- You can’t lead if you can’t live with low-level frustration.
- The important question is not, “Does this fail to help us fulfill our mission?” The important question is, “Does this keep us from fulfilling our mission?”