Innovations Dirty Little Secret by Larry Osborne

The printing press, the automobile, and the iPhone all have one thing in common. These great innovations changed the world. The printing press began the systematic elimination of illiteracy. The automobile allowed for affordable travel. The iPhone created a global phenomenon of the computer in the pocket of nearly every person. What is the difference between these innovations and failed great inventions such as the Dvorak keyboard? Larry Osborne, author of IDLS, gives 7 sections of information to guide innovators from failure to success. Whether in the business or church world readers will benefit from this nifty little book.

Here are a few bits you’ll take away from reading IDLS:

  • How to foster innovation’s most powerful igniters and accelerators
  • The six pitfalls of growth and what you can do to avoid them
  • How to recognize and break through your ceilings of complexity and competency
  • The eight questions every leader needs to ask before launching any new endeavor

I learned that Osborne was one of the first pastors in America to initiate the satellite/campus church model. This innovation of providing a campus with a band and leadership team but streaming the sermon live from another location was originally laughed at as a “punishment” for the late-comers. However, the idea grew legs and took off! Now we see from places like and Mars Hill Seattle where the campus/satellite church model is a great way to expand as a church.

This book is a quick read. Great information in short chapters. Would be an excellent book for a church or business staff to read and discuss how to implement Osborne’s innovating ideas.

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