Osborne, Larry. Innovation’s Dirty Little Secret: Why Serial Innovators Succeed Where Others Fail. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2013. Kindle Electronic Edition.
Chapter 14, “Past Successes: How Yesterday’s Success Sabotages Tomorrow’s Innovation” (Loc. 1402-1518)
Osborne warns that success can result in arrogance. There is a difference between becoming successful and remaining successful. Osborne suggests a common difficulty in remaining successful is a lack of interest in others’ ideas. Instead, outside ideas can be of great value (Loc. 1422). Another problem is rejecting a lack of experience. Osborne observes that when he was young his ideas were often rejected, but since he is older now the same ideas are accepted. He considers young innovators as “young eagles” (Loc. 1463). If they are noticed they can join the existing organization and benefit it. Otherwise they will take their ideas elsewhere. A third difficulty is trusting our recipe for success (Loc. 1469). The concepts may not always transfer to different communities. Finally, when success is surrounded by praise it often blinds leaders to important questions which may be crucial to survival (Loc. 1503).