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Jeff Degraff

Innovating Your Way to a Good Job

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 04.18.2016 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

If you feel like some people have no problem finding a job-even in the most difficult job markets-you're not mistaken. These seemingly lucky individua...

How to Stop Self-Sabotaging Your Creativity

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 04.04.2016 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

It's easier to start from scratch than it is to get out of a creative rut. That's because we know a lot more about what sparks creativity than we do a...

It's the Talent, Stupid

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 03.21.2016 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

Six presidential campaigns later, I've still got Bill Clinton's iconic 1992 slogan running through my head: It's the economy, stupid. But it's not the...

The Conscious Company and Other Myths

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 03.07.2016 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

The Conscious Company: it's that buzzy piece of corporate-speak we've all been hearing and using without really thinking about it. The irony is that w...

Walking the Tightrope on the Innovation Bell Curve

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 02.22.2016 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

Breakthrough innovation typically starts at the edges of the bell curve in the challenge of a crisis or the prospect of an outstanding opportunity. Th...

How to Make Time to Work on Your Biggest Ideas [Infographic]

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 02.08.2016 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

If you feel like you're overworked, overtired and that no matter how much work you do, nothing really changes, you're in the same boat as most of the ...

What the Most Creative Countries in the World Do -- and How America Can Learn From Them

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 01.11.2016 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

At the heart of every major innovation is not just a person or a company but an entire national character. That's because creative growth--no matter where it happens or who implements it--is a political event.

Why Crowdsourcing Has Ruined the Art of Innovation

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 12.28.2015 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

Are all innovators created equally? The open-source innovation movement wants us to believe that they are, that the more voices we hear and the more ideas we share, the greater our creative potential will be.

INFOGRAPHIC: How to Play the Innovation Game

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 12.07.2015 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

Whether you know it or not, you're playing the Innovation Game. You and your organization will either win or lose in this high-stakes competition for ...

Innovating Innovation Strategy: Part 3

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 11.23.2015 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

These three innovation strategies might seem improvisational, risky, and erratic. But that's what innovation asks us to do: to make things up as we go along. Forget what you've heard about coming up with a plan and sticking with it.

Innovating Innovation Strategy: Part 2

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 11.02.2015 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

[In last week's part-one installment of this three-part article, I highlighted all the things that make innovation so radically different from all o...

Innovating Innovation Strategy: Part 1

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 10.19.2015 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

Innovation calls us to do the impossible: to build for a future we can't yet see. The very notion of innovation is riddled with paradoxes. It asks us ...

The Greatest Innovations Are the Ones You Don't See

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 09.28.2015 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

Think about blackouts and food recalls and natural disasters. It is at these moments of crisis when we realize how valuable these technologies are. So instead of waiting for them to fail, embrace the gifts of these hidden wonders by discovering them now.

The Question Is the Answer

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 09.21.2015 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

If you're looking for answers, then you're missing out on unexpected opportunities. The people who think they've found the final answer or the right solution are the ones who are too late for the next case, the new challenge that's already here.

Culture Creates the Economics of Innovation

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 09.14.2015 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

Independent thinkers have a way of upsetting people. Economics Nobel Laureate Edmund Phelps is a good example. Progressives take issue with his scrupu...

A Map for Engineering Your Next Innovation [Infographic]

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 08.24.2015 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

Innovation is about bringing together individuals with diverse strengths who can push against each other and build something collaboratively that they...

When Nobody Wants Your Innovation

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 08.17.2015 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

We dream of improving the quality and length of our lives, but we're reluctant to tamper with the genetic triggers of a disease. We want to eliminate global hunger, but we have a bias against genetically modified drought-resistant food.

The Three Realities of Innovators

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 08.11.2015 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

If Einstein needed help, so will you. Visionaries don't have to make everything work themselves. Some innovators see the vision and pass it on to the next thinkers, while others build on the work of people who have come before them.

Before There Were TED Talks, There Were Chautauquas

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 08.03.2015 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

Innovators can learn a lot from the turn-of-the-century Chautauqua movement. These getaways allowed people to take a break from their normal routines and experiment with new ideas. In our own moment, we desperately need this free time--this space to reflect and create.

The Unlikely Source of Your Next Big Breakthrough

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 07.27.2015 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

How can you bring the back-office insights of supply chains to the front of your organization? Here are three plans of action that will help you use suppliers for your innovation advantage.

The Wisdom of the Rule of Three

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 07.20.2015 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

Innovation requires us to have deep and wide field of vision and an open mind to see the reality of the situation. The challenge is to overcome our own limited perspective.

What Will You Give Up to Make Room For Innovation?

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 07.13.2015 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

At the heart of every great innovation is a great compromise: in order to start something new, we have to stop something old.

Picture This: Using Visual Aids to Inspire Creativity

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 06.29.2015 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

Picture it: this is a phrase that so many creative thinkers use when they're introducing their new project. The best ideas begin with a compelling image.

3 Unexpected Ways to Get More Innovative

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 06.15.2015 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

If radical change is what you seek, then what you need is a stable foundation on which to build that innovation. Think of it this way: the infrastructures that support our modern world have done the heavy lighting for you. Now, it's up to you to build on that groundwork. What new layer will you add to old stone?

From Brand to Brand New: How to Re-Create Your Brand

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 06.08.2015 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

Strong brands require more than the conventional us versus them -- good guys versus bad guys twaddle. You need a bigger and better narrative: one that encompasses the amazing diversity of your organization and helps all of your people understand and appreciate how they are interconnected.