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new Inc. article: How Rules and Bureaucracy Breed Innovation

In an organization, spaces that exist in the gaps between bureaucratic processes, spaces that all too often go undetected, are the richest areas of growth.

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new LinkedIn article: Using the Right Innovation Tool for the Right Innovation Job

A tool kit with only one tool cannot tackle all tasks. Be wary of innovation techniques or frameworks that claim to solve everything, and be open to using an approach you might not normally use.

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radio interview, Money for Lunch : Dean of Innovation–Jeff DeGraff Interview on Money for Lunch

Jeff talks about Innovation with Bert Martinez.

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AGENDA article: World Economic Forum Shares Jeff’s, “The New Rules of Innovation” with 2.37M Twitter Followers

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Jeff's Blog Update


Using the Right Innovation Tool for the Right Innovation Job

An all-purpose solution is never the answer to your innovation challenge. Creativity initiatives come in all different sizes–and so should the tools we apply to achieve them. Be wary of innovation techniques or frameworks that claim to solve everything. The team that comes up with next miracle drug needs a Read more »


The Best Way to Look for the Next Big Thing

The opportunity to innovate may be right in front of your eyes, but turn around or blink and you’ll miss it. Seizing on a moment of potential growth or creativity is about having the right field of vision. Think of watching a spectacular sunrise. People often miss out on sunrises Read more »


The Future Has Come and Gone: You Just Missed It

The fundamental difference between leading and leading innovation is simply this: there is no data on the future where breakthrough innovation happens. Try guessing what will be the hot consumer electronics item in three years or what miracle medical treatment will emerge in four or what the newest fashion will Read more »


Want Radical Innovation? Here’s Where to Look

Innovation happens behind-the-scenes. It’s often not the faces of a company–the directors and managers–who come up with breakthrough ideas but the individuals working out of public view, in the background. These are the people who can see where the dots connect, who can tell where there are opportunities for change. Read more »


Distinguished Achievement Awards Nomination

Every two years the Thinkers50 (T50) ranks the top 50 thought leaders in management and innovation. Because it relies on community voting, the Thinkers50 is a trusted record of real innovators. The T50 voting takes place on two lists: the Top Management Thinkers and the Distinguished Achievement Award. Your support Read more »

Latest Work


Jeff gave the keynote address at the annual YPO/WPO meeting.


Jeff lead a Jumpstart Workshop for the Leadership Team at Sabre.


Jeff will be teaching Executive Education courses to ICBC, the largest bank in China.  ICBC has asked Executive Education to create a six-month learning experience here at Ross for a group of  19 emerging leaders at the bank.

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