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New Article: Finding Star Employee

Jeff’s new article published on the World Economic Forum website.

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New Project:: The Next Idea

Jeff has teamed up with Michigan Radio to produce a weekly segment on innovation in the State of Michigan.

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Jeff's Blog Update


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 »


Looking for “The Next Idea” to Move Michigan Forward

Originally published on MichiganRadio.org The creative, the visionary, and the just plain out there. That’s the goal of Michigan Radio’s new project, The Next Idea. The on-air and online project will focus on creativity and innovation and ideas to move Michigan forward. We’ll be featuring this project here on Stateside and we will Read more »


How to Find Your Next Super Star Employee

The biggest myth about innovation is that it is done only by geniuses who work alone. The truth is that innovation happens when ordinary people learn to work together. The key is to find individuals who don’t think like you, who can fill in your blind spots and make up Read more »


The Low-Risk Way to Design Breakthrough Products

The fastest way to build something is to deconstruct it. Think about all those companies that produce complicated things on an insanely large scale: Toyota, McDonalds, Boeing. If you want to build enough cars to move the entire world or sell a trillion burgers or create an aircraft with millions Read more »


What Does “Making Stone Soup” Have to Do With Business Innovation?

Originally published on SmallBizTrends.com By Charles Franklin If you were hungry and only had access to a large iron cauldron, stones, and water, would you be able to survive? In a rather interesting tale, three soldiers managed to use those three items to “make soup”  everywhere they went. How did Read more »

Latest Work


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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Making Stone Soup


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