Innovation’s Dirty Little Secret Blog Tour

November 6, 2013 — 1 Comment

Innovation's Dirty Little Secret by Larry OsborneOver the next few weeks, the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for Innovation’s Dirty Little Secret: Why Serial Innovators Succeed Where Others Fail by Larry Osborne. Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

“What makes successful innovation elusive is multifaceted. Some people are against innovation. Some kill it inadvertently. Some chase away natural-born innovators to their own detriment. But most importantly, innovations sometimes fail. Larry describes these behaviors and facts, and provides a way out. He demonstrates through well-told stories, common sense, and the wisdom of others that innovation and innovators can be tapped to empower organizations.”
Reviewer: David Buller (christianfirst.us)
Rating: 5 Stars

“The examples that he gives are on point and you will find that this book is one that you will want to go back to time and time again so that you can reconsider each of his points as time goes on (or at least I did).”
Reviewer: Chris Lewis (dadofdivas-reviews.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“For a self-professed business idiot, I understood from start to finish all the principles Mr. Osborne laid out. He’s direct, but it seems necessary for the material. I absolutely recommend reading it and then reevaluating your own organization, whatever it may be.”
Reviewer: Becky Norton (lookingaheadtobetterdays.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“Pastor Osborne takes some lessons from his experiences as a pastor in Southern California to help illuminate the path that awaits those that desire to lead and innovate. Warning: It is not a smooth path. My two favorite chapters were on ‘Sabotaging Innovation’ and ‘Why Vision Matters’. ”
Reviewer: Ryan Rickard (declinationblog.wordpress.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“If you have tried everything and you need that boost, I highly recommend this book.”
Reviewer: Rosemary Swinehart (rmsdrummer.wordpress.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“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… Highly recommended.”
Reviewer: Michael Taylor (mtaylor.thoughts.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book reminds me of William Arthur Ward’s famous words: “The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” As far as this book is concerned, it begins pessimistically, evolves optimistically, and communicates realistically. What a book!”
Reviewer: Conrade Yap (booksaint.blogspot.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“As you read, you’ll find yourself having a self-evaluation and asking questions throughout the pages. This is what makes leaders lead well, according to Osborne…leaders must ask the right questions to move forward with change & innovation.

This book is a quick-read, designed to impute vision & mission strength into leaders, both seasoned & novice, to create longevity & ingenuity.”
Reviewer: Louis Zinc (louiszinc.tumblr.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

Innovation’s Dirty Little Secret is a good book for those in leadership.   ”
Reviewer: Mary-Ann Bell (proverb31titus2godlybookreviews.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book is an excellent resource for those in ministry and those in businesses that are trying to find the right balance of innovation and wisdom.”
Reviewer: Spencer Cummins (spencerdeancummins.blogspot.com)
Rating: 3 Stars

“if you are a leader and are wanting to have a better plan for when things go wrong, Innovation’s Dirty Little Secret can be helpful.”
Reviewer: Doug Hibbard (DougHibbard.com)
Rating: 3 Stars

“…this book can be a book for church leaders as well as business leaders. Church planters will also benefit from this book.”
Reviewer: Chris Land (keepingthemainthing.blogspot.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“If you’re a leader who is on the brink of innovation or in the midst of it, you’ll find a few nuggets to hold on to. If you’re a leader who seems to be in maintenance-mode and looking for the next breakthrough, it will be helpful for you. And what about you leaders-in-waiting? You might just find the motivation and wisdom you need to become the next serial innovator.”
Reviewer: James Pruch (jamespruch.wordpress.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“Mr. Osborne certainly has covered what to do when you hit the wall as a leader. I would recommend the book to anyone who wants to know the other side of what others say about the subject of innovation. And, in particular, to pastors and church leaders.”
Reviewer: Ilene Saidel (ilenesaidel.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“The book, which I recommend reading, addresses reasons why churches and organizations stop growing and what can be done about it.”
Reviewer: Ben Toh (ubfriends.org)
Rating: 5 Stars

“For churches and businesses, especially entrepreneurs, I cannot recommend it enough.”
Reviewer: Paula Whidden (faithfulchoices.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“On the whole, I would recommend this book to anyone who typically likes books on leadership, but specifically to people who are on the creative end of the spectrum and want to have short primer on how to integrate their creativity and vision into their leadership roles without some of the negative side effects that can come with the marriage of those things. Really though, if you’re in any kind of leadership role in work or church or elsewhere, you’ll probably benefit from Osborne’s wisdom for effectively thinking outside the box.”
Reviewer: Nate Claiborne (nathanielclaiborne.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“This seems to me to be good practical advice for success in leadership, ministry and life. Culture is always changing and there is no one-size-fits-all ministry plan (or business plan). Change is inevitable and that means an effective witness means trying new things to reach a community. The lab-learning small risks allows for the opportunity to discover which innovations will be impactful. This will be a good book to read and discuss as a church leadership team.”
Reviewer: James Matichuk (thoughtsprayersandsongs.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“Although the idea of innovation is not a concrete concept, and is instead more abstract in nature, Larry Osborne has helped his readers to understand the idea more fully. Easy to read and full of excellent insights, Innovation’s Dirty Little Secret is a book that will seriously help you reach the next level in successful leadership.”
Reviewer: Jeff Randleman (jeffrandleman.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

Innovation’s Dirty Little Secret is packed full of practical wisdom.”
Reviewer: Scott Slayton (scottslayton.net)
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book has reinforced some things for me, and given me plenty to think about for my own leadership and congregation, as well as for the church at large. It’s an engaging read with many stories and practical examples for anyone interested in innovation and change particularly in a church setting.”
Reviewer: April Yamasaki (aprilyamasaki.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“Because innovation is one of the forefront tasks of any leader, “Innovations Dirty Little Secret” will provide leaders; both novice and veteran, with the inspiration and affirmation needed to introduce change, develop new products and programs, and leave a legacy within an organization that reinvents itself continuously.”
Reviewer: Joshua Davis (ServantsOfGrace.org)
Rating: 4 Stars

“I thought Innovation’s Dirty Little Secret, by Larry Osborne, was an excellent resource for all leaders and those who want to be leaders. I have been a leader in various clubs and at work. I think that if I had been able to read this book before I took those leadership positions, I would have been a more effective leader.”
Reviewer: Rani Grant (christsbridge.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“Osborne is not a mere theoretician, but a practitioner with over thirty year’s experiences. By weaving his story, and that of North Coast’s, with other examples throughout history, Osborne shows how regardless of industry, innovation requires certain elements to succeed. In the same vein, there are a number of practices that will actually sabotage organizational change and innovation rather than accelerate it. For this reason, Osborne’s book is a must read for those looking to take their organization to the next level with imagination and innovation.”
Reviewer: Joshua Henry (joshualeehenry.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“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.”
Review: Tina Arnoldi (books.tinaarnoldi.com)
Rating: 3 Stars

“This book provides some good common sense advice for leaders in the corporate and church world.”
Review: Richard Shields (exegete77.wordpress.com)
Rating: 3 Stars

Where to Buy:
Innovation’s Dirty Little Secret: Why Serial Innovators Succeed Where Others Fail by Larry Osborne is available at your local Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below:

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