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Jeff Degraff

Can the "Commies" Innovate?

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 08.25.2014 | 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 08.11.2014 | 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 07.28.2014 | 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 07.21.2014 | 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 07.07.2014 | 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 06.30.2014 | 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 07.08.2014 | 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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Is Innovation Cheating?

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 07.12.2014 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

In the movie Star Trek soon-to-be Captain Kirk is reprimanded for reprogramming theKobayashi Maru, a no-win battle simulation with those wily rascal...

Omphaloskepsis aka Contemplating Your Own Navel

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 06.29.2014 | Books
Jeff DeGraff

Help! The personal development section of my favorite bookstore is expanding faster than the universe. It is a paradox of nature that at the very inst...

Trying to Create Tomorrow's Company with Yesterday's Rules and Tools: Part 3 - Moving from the Old to the New

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 05.31.2014 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

Last time we explored some of the new innovation methods that are unseating the established conventional approaches that many companies still use. Thi...

Trying to Create Tomorrow's Company With Yesterday's Rules and Tools: Part 1 -- The Need for Speed and Magnitude

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 05.17.2014 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

If you have ever been to a TEDTalk or OpenCo conference or any other semi-chaotic gathering of clever Millennials you've experienced the new rules of innovation first hand.

Mastering the Five Levels of Creativity (Part 5)

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 05.10.2014 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

Intuitive Creativity: This final and most challenging level of creativity has often been promoted to the realm of spiritual and wisdom traditions. Thi...

Mastering the Five Levels of Creativity (Part 4)

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 05.03.2014 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

Narratological Creativity: Have you ever heard a child try to get its story straight? Or maybe you have dear friend who always blows the punch line of...

Mastering the Five Levels of Creativity (Part 3)

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 04.27.2014 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

Analogical Creativity: Great innovators from Archimedes in his bathtub to Einstein riding his elevator of relativity have used analogies to creatively...

Mastering the Five Levels of Creativity (Part 2)

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 04.20.2014 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

Bisociative creativity can be a solitary and tranquil endeavor but more often in America is a chatty, humorous and free flowing group experience.

Mastering the 5 Levels of Creativity (Part 1)

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 04.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff DeGraff

Is everyone creative? Sure they are, but in very different ways and to varying degrees. There is a big difference between the folksong you wrote for y...

Doing the Creative Work the Company Can't: Part 3 -- How You Innovate Is What You Innovate

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 04.06.2014 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

Every venture capitalist knows that you take multiple shots on a goal because you never know what's going to score, and that isn't until you take the shot.

Doing the Creative Work the Company Can't: Part 1 | The Way of the Café

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 03.23.2014 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

"Every revolutionary ends up either by becoming an oppressor or a heretic." Albert Camus Take a close look at your favorite multinational corporation...

Why The Idea Of A World Absent Of Marriage And Religion Isn't Far-Fetched

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 03.16.2014 | Fifty
Jeff DeGraff

What if the next big thing really isn't a thing at all? What if it's a way? And what if this way doesn't bring neatly folded answers but rather a basket of disheveled questions? Often what moves our world goes unnoticed because we are looking somewhere else for something else.

Innovation Is Messy: Navigating the Twists and Turns

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 03.04.2014 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

Innovation is not produced by alignment. Go to a meeting at any of the most innovative companies and you'll see that it's not a polite tea-and-crumpets conversation. Everyone isn't following each other. Rather, people are pushing and shoving.

Embracing Failure and Working at the Edges

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 02.22.2014 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

Embracing failure, working at the edges -- these are strategies that would not work in other aspects of organizational culture. But in innovation, they are crucial. When we innovate, we don't do the same things we do in our everyday routines.

From Theory to Practice: Taking Purposeful Action

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 02.08.2014 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

Have big dreams but run little pilots to proof the concept; launch radical and diverse initiatives but spend very little on them; intentionally accelerate failure early so that potential solutions are more viable and sustainable.