Innovation needs to be realistic, for it to be attainable and achievable. Like your morning coffee that can kick start you for the day but leave you sluggish and irritable later, overly ambitious innovations can sometime dissipate before ever getting started.Read More »
The continuous paradox of the ability to achieve something now with immediate output at the expense of waiting to achieve something later with even more remarkable results. Living in a society of constant demand and receive, we forget the importance of time expectations and how this affects our ultimate outcome.Read More »
Read the latest LinkedIn Influencer’s Article by Jeff DeGraff. How to recognize innovative people and innovative ideas and not let them go unnoticed. 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.Read More »
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Jul 21, 2014
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, who added a few thousand original words to the English language and gave us our most unique phrases, was unabashed in his thievery of complete Read more »
Jul 14, 2014
Booze only brings false courage but coffee incites false ambition, an equally dangerous proposition. You know that to-do list you make at the opening bell that you are certain to conquer by lunch only to find it lingers on well into the wee hours before you finally abandoned it in Read more »
Jul 7, 2014
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 to me recently. A bright and ebullient student came to visit me at my innovation lab seeking some career advice for a creative Read more »
Jun 30, 2014
In the captivating fairy tales of the Hans Christian Andersen or the Brothers Grimm there is often a perfect and pure magical child who is unmercifully mistaken for an ordinary mortal. What ensues is the cathartic story of their trials and torment until they overcome the ordeal and are reveled Read more »
Jun 23, 2014
Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the big dreams and grand visions of my distant relative, Robert Fair DeGraff—a publishing innovator who co-founded Pocket Books in 1939. His idea was a simple but game-changing one: reprint bestsellers and classics in small paperback editions and sell them for just 25 Read more »
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.
Jeff was a part of the Innovation Forum Panel at this year’s Blue Water Technologies TechExpo 14. It took place at The Fillmore Detroit, and focused on thought leadership, technology exploration and networking.
We have five graduating Innovatrium Fellows this year. Congratulations, Bill, Wendy, Sabrina, Rohit, and Zach!
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