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New Jeff in the Media: Playing Favorites

Jeff discusses ways to retain the best and brightest students in Michigan in The Next Idea.

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New Program: Certified Professional Innovator

In collaboration with the University of Michigan College of Engineering, Jeff is offering a new Certified Professional Innovator program. Participants will receive a certificate from UofM upon satisfactory completion.

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New Interview: Promoting Teamwork in Michigan’s Economy

Jeff’s interview with Stateside’s Cynthia Canty in his new radio segment, The Next Idea

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Jeff's Blog Update


Need to Get Creative? How to Create an Idea Space

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. If radical change is what you seek, create your own idea space–a discrete location away from workplace Read more »


How to Do More With Less

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. Yet in their context, they can be game-changing. Figuring out how to cook a pizza thirty seconds faster doesn’t sound like a big Read more »


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

Forget what you’ve heard about comparing apples to oranges. 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 Read more »


Time To Turn Michigan’s “Three Economies” Into One

When it comes to economic growth in Michigan, one size does not fit all. Take a look at the varying scope and scale of companies here and you’ll find a general pattern of three different types of businesses associated with different regions:  large multinational corporations in Southeast Michigan, small high-tech start-ups Read more »


How to Jump-Start Radical Change in Your Company

When Steve Jobs developed the iPod in 1997, he assembled a diverse group of thinkers with different points of view and areas of expertise. They didn’t invent something new. Rather, they brought together disparate technologies that no one had ever thought to use alongside each other before. This is how Read more »

Latest Work


What happens if you can sleep on innovation everyday? Jeff worked with Select Comfort in Minneapolis to infuse more innovation in your Sleep Number bed


The creative people at Lee Campbell Ewald had Jeff work with them to strengthen their innovation culture


Jeff spoke at the Evanta HR Summit in Renaissance Center in Detroit about his work with Bosch NA.

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