Jason Hartman sits down and talks with Jeff DeGraff, professor for the University of Michigan’s Ross Business school and an expert in innovation. He has a new book coming out called, Making Stone Soup: How to Jumpstart Innovation Teams and has helped grow world leading corporations such as American Airlines, General Electric, and Coca Cola by using his Competing Values Framework system.

Listen to the full interview here.

Did you know that innovation is the only value proposition with a shelf life? And with the commoditization of most linear processes and technologies, innovation is essential to stay competitive in our volatile, global economy. However, unlike many business processes that can be strategized and managed, innovation must be encouraged, allowed to emerge, and nurtured through implementation. Tune in and learn how to empower innovation with the “Dean of Innovation”, Jeff De Graff. Listen as we unveil common corporate messages that hinder innovation. Understand why variation and diversity and important to facilitate innovation. Gain insights into the use of the Competing Values Framework, including how to create positive conflict. Learn about the Innovation Genome model which connects value propositions with culture, competency and leadership through four quadrants and a shared language. (more…)

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 is moving towards something.

Moving away from something is always traumatic while moving towards something is almost always a euphoric experience. Consider the following two examples of friends of mine who lost their positions during the Great Recession. Both are remarkable men with sterling credentials and prodigious ambition. Each is the primary earner in their household and takes their obligations to their families seriously. These kinds of people are seldom unemployed even in the worst circumstances. (more…)