November 29, 2004

Excerpts: 10 Lessons from History's Innovators - Part III

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 2:28 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Lesson #2 - FIRST ISNT ALWAYS BEST. John Fitch was the first to operate a steamboat service, not the commonly presumed Robert Fulton. But Fulton learned from Fitchs mistakes and triumphed on a different river at a more propitious time. Similarly with Henry Ford, who was late to automobile production, Charles Goodyear with vulcanized rubber and Isaac Singer and his sewing machine. Mark Gumz at Olympus has the point: Understanding comes from failure; success comes from understanding failure and acting upon this knowledge. The path beaten to somebodys door will reveal the potholes. From the book THEY MADE AMERICA by Harold Evans, with Gail Buckland and David Lefer. (c) 2004 Little, Brown & Co.

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.