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Innovation You: Four Steps to Becoming New and Improved

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  • Posted August 4, 2011

    Practical Innovation

    Practical and engaging, Innovation You has given me a new set of lenses to see myself and the world around me. I find myself using the four color framework all the time. "She's a blue, so what is she going to expect?" "How would a green approach this situation?"

    I am in the process of applying the Innovation You framework to my job search post grad school. The Many Shots on Goal principle, in particular, has resonated loudly with me. It had not occurred to me to approach a job search like a venture capitalist would approach a business investment - simultaneously diversifying risk and accelerating the failure cycle. The framework has proven sound and the opportunities that are opening up for me are more exciting than anything I could have found in a traditional job search.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 11, 2011

    Your Personal Innovation Guidebook!

    If you are at a turning point in your life and not sure where you want to go next or if you have a personal or business challenge that could use an innovative spark, then this is the guidebook you have been waiting for! Jeff DeGraff takes his proven innovation model - called the Competing Values Framework - and shares it with his readers in a user-friendly, compelling, and actionable way. He has broken it down into these four steps that he has used so successfully with his corporate clients: 1. Rethink Innovation shows you the opportunities to inject creativity into every aspect of your life. 2. Revise Your Approach with Prismatic Thinking explains the four most common approaches to innovation, you see which ones you typically use, and what better results you could be getting if you understood the full range of your possibilities. 3. Run Your Experiments will give you a step-by-step roadmap for implementing your new approach to innovation. 4. See the Whole Journey will help you discover how to ensure your ongoing innovation success over the long-term. And as you would expect with a book about innovation, Jeff DeGraff shares many unique and creative observations and concepts. A few that really stood out to me (and you will discover many more for yourself) are: * The 20/80 Rule - "It is easier to change 20% of a company or a life by 80% than it is to change 80% of that company or that life by even 20%." * Prismatic Thinking - "We break the light of innovation into its component colors. Each of these is a way to make your situation new and improved, yet each one gets different results." * How you innovate is what you innovate - "The approach is not just a matter of style. The approach is everything...Many people get it backward. They decide how they feel like innovating and then hope it gets them to their goal." Believe me, this book is well-worth your time if you are committed to getting more out of your life than you are right now. Through interesting stories and practical take-aways, you will learn how to apply this powerful innovation model to your own situation - and ideate and execute innovation in a way you may never have thought possible before.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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