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Jeff Degraff

Need to Get Creative? How to Create an Idea Space

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 12.15.2014 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

Where you work is how you think. Your immediate surroundings determine your mindset, the way you generate ideas and solve problems. You can't break institutional barriers within the walls of your everyday workspace.

How to Do More With Less

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 12.08.2014 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

Innovation is not an event. It's a long process that depends on incremental changes along the way. These small adjustments may not seem momentous on their own.

How to Weed Out Projects That Aren't Worth Your Time

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 12.01.2014 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

It's often helpful to put your organization's diverse projects alongside each other and compare them. This is the point of maintaining a portfolio: to treat initiatives like investments and to weigh them against each other, balancing and maximizing the relative worth of these projects through disciplined decision making and resource allocation.

How to Jump-Start Radical Change in Your Company

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 11.24.2014 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

Don't just pick low-hanging fruit. You need to choose the ideas that provide a solution to the challenge and that are feasible -- within the realm of possibility -- but you also need to choose those that have the "wow" factor.

How to Find Your Next Super Star Employee

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 11.17.2014 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

The pace of talent-scouting is unpredictable. But once you do assemble a diverse team of high-performers, the culture you establish will be sustainable into the future.

The Low-Risk Way to Design Breakthrough Products

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 11.10.2014 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

I call this process modular design and development: breaking down complex systems into parts that can be developed and tested independently.

The Key to Creating Partnerships That Work

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 11.04.2014 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

The coming together of two distinct organizations isn't merely difficult--it's nearly impossible. The statistics are overwhelming: a recent global sur...

4 Innovation Strategies to Forecast the Future

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 10.27.2014 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

Part of innovating is stopping things now so can you make the room to do new things. Stop planning and start acting.

How to Turn Conflict Into Creativity

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 10.20.2014 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

Two talented people who have nothing in common are more likely to create something exciting than two talented people who think the same way. Harmony i...

How to Create Better Ideas Faster

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 12.13.2014 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

Have you ever tried to get your team to brainstorm a breakthrough idea for a product or service only to find the process mostly yields extensions of existing ideas?

What is Innovation?

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 12.06.2014 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

When asked to define the legal definition for obscenity, Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart famously quipped "I know it when I see it." For most of ...

Innovation: Master the Art of SODOTO

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 11.15.2014 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

Ornithologists report that New Caledonian crows fashion twigs into tools for collecting and extracting insects from the hollows of trees. What is more...

Top 4 Back to School Service Ideas

Brad Jamison | Posted 11.08.2014 | Impact
Brad Jamison

Now that school's back in session, there are more opportunities than ever to give back and make a real difference in your community. Consider service opportunities to benefit school-age children and help other members of the community too.

Innovation: Devise With Revisionary Eyes

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 11.08.2014 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

Politicians use the term "revisionist" (or "flip-flop") to label challenger and foe alike as a liar or as inconstant as a horse midstream. Of course t...

Innovation: Old Crops, New Soil

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 11.02.2014 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

Did you know that some of the largest chapters of agricultural groups like the Future Farmers of America are in urban centers? This may surprise you: ...

Can the "Commies" Innovate?

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 10.25.2014 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

While it's easy to disagree with some of the premises and conclusions of Professor Piketty, he has started a much needed dynamic conversation about the function and future of our economic system.

How to Make a Creative Genius

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 10.11.2014 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

Let's leave the hype about how "you too can be talented, rich and famous" to the P.T. Barnums of our world and the "everyone is creative in their own way" consolation for your Sunday school lesson.

Innovation Starts in Dark Places

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 09.27.2014 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

Why does innovation often start in dark places? When you're working in the fringes, the normal risks and rewards associated with radical change suddenly become different: you have a lot less to lose, but you can also gain a lot more.

Originality is Not All That Original

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 09.20.2014 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

What do William Shakespeare and Led Zeppelin have in common? They both pinched much of their material from artists that came before them. The Bard, wh...

Innovation Now or Later?

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 09.06.2014 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

Have you ever had two seemingly unrelated things happen around the same time and each in some way produced an insight into the other? Well it happened...

Beautiful Innovation Orphans

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 08.30.2014 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

Innovation orphans need to be adopted. Though they might not be invented here, or by you, they may be worthy of your support. Just be sure that you really love them.

Digital Natives vs. Digital Immigrants

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 09.07.2014 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

Don't let the word "digital" fool you in all this talk about how difficult it is for digital natives and digital immigrants to communicate. The generational gap between the so-called digital natives and the digital immigrants doesn't actually have to do with technology. The real issue is that the two worldviews that they represent are so different.

Innovation Isn't Change

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 08.02.2014 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

Innovation isn't change. It may seem like a minor difference but this is actually a huge distinction. Change is moving away from something; innovation...

The Art of Making Art

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 07.27.2014 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

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Do You Have the Capacity to Innovate?

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 07.19.2014 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

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