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Jeff DeGraff
Jeff DeGraff
Jeff is an innovation professor at the Ross School of Business, the founder of Innovatrium Institute of Innovation, and co-creator of Competing Values Framework. His new book is titled "Innovation You. Four Steps to Becoming New and Improved" is IN STORES July 26th.


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Nov. 30, 2011 4:32 pm
“To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.” (George Santayana) Most of our Western concepts of time are linear. Chronos, named for the ancient Greek version of Father Time, is sequential and man-made as indicated by the technical name for a watch – chronometer. Conversely, Kairos, meaning the right moment or supreme...  Read More
Nov. 22, 2011 12:33 pm
Most school children know the story of the First Voyage of Christopher Columbus though its interpretation now ranges anywhere from the triumph of the spirit to persevere in the Age of Discovery to some corrupt form of economic plundering in the Age of Imperialism. History is seldom clean. It is full of flawed characters and mixed motives where the good and bad of actions are bound up in the...  Read More
Nov. 11, 2011 1:58 pm
"Truth will sooner come out of error than from confusion." (Francis Bacon) As with all religions or political philosophies, the converted are always the great evangelists for they have overcome the darkness within to find the greater illumination. But Saint Paul is a particularly difficult figure to reconcile. He is at once both a firebrand proselytizer and a canny proponent of good sense....  Read More
Nov. 7, 2011 5:53 pm
In the commercial, a very old man with a menacing stare pulls on a black jersey with a small single silver feather while a young woman sings “Bless ‘em All” the tender hymn of the Allied Forces. Each man dissolves into the next younger one signifying the succession of greatness as they don the simple garment. These are the captains of the New Zealand national rugby union team, one of the most...  Read More
Nov. 4, 2011 12:46 pm
“It's what you learn after you know it all that counts.” (Harry Truman) Ornithologists report that New Caledonian crows fashion twigs into tools for collecting and extracting insects from the hollows of trees. What is more remarkable is that these birds pass their inventions along to others in the flock. With each succeeding migration and generation, improvements are made and progress becomes...  Read More
Nov. 3, 2011 2:30 pm
My new manifesto for has been published: “There are four fundamental forces that pursue competing values and pull us and all the constituents in our situations in different directions: Collaborate, Create, Compete and Control. These forces drive or thwart growth in dyadic oppositions: Collaborate vs. Compete and Create vs. Control. The paradox of growth is that it is born from...  Read More
Nov. 1, 2011 7:00 pm
The Green Bay Packers played their rivals the Minnesota Vikings in what National Football League fans call the “black and blue” division because of the hard hitting play. But something was amiss on this Monday night for both teams wore jerseys with their club colors highlighted in bright pink. After a particularly brutal skirmish, television reporters swept into the locker room to talk to the...  Read More
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