Jeff DeGraff

Jeff DeGraff

"The Dean of Innovation," Business Professor and Author
Fee Range
Exact fee falls within this range
Traveling From

Program Descriptions

Leading Innovation: How to Jumpstart Your Organization's Growth Engine
"The amount of innovation a company produces is inversely related to the number of PowerPoint slides or elaborate process diagrams it makes about innovation." The DeGraff Hypothesis

Productivity is no longer enough. Leaders are finding that the drive for growth is pushing strategic innovation initiatives down into operating units where the management and staff have few of the tools and little preparation to really make it happen. Leading organizations are pursuing innovative strategies and processes only to find that they lack the culture, competencies, and leadership practices required to execute and sustain innovation. The theme of this session is simple: Sustainable innovation is produced by developing leaders who can systematically add innovation to existing business practices.

This highly engaging and interactive session is organized around the Innovation Genome, a simple framework that allows leaders at all levels and locations to understand how their leadership directly affects the creation of specific types of culture and competencies in their organizations, and how these abilities make innovation happen across the enterprise with everyone, everyday, everywhere. This session will presents a simple approach for leaders to recognize, develop, and launch creative ideas into winning solutions that create value.

Innovation You: Four Steps to Becoming New and Improved
One day it hits you: the game has changed. The market stinks, you are tired of the same old fear and greed, and what once gave you a spark isn't enough anymore. What always worked for you before, professionally or personally, no longer gets results. Now there's only one way forward: innovate. Make it new. Make you new. But how?

In this presentation, Innovation You, also the title of Jeff DeGraff's book and PBS program, will explore how the strategies and tactics used to grow top businesses like Apple, Coca-Cola, Pfizer, and GE can be translated and applied to your own life. It will give some pointers on how to aim for high quality targets, enlist deep and diverse domain expertise, take multiple shots on goal and learn from experience and experiments. This presentation will explain how to make yourself new and improved and how to help others do the same. So bring your challenges, an open mind and your desire to grow.

Connecting the Dots of Innovation: Making Collaborative Innovation Work Where You Work
An innovation only exists for a very brief moment before it goes sour like milk. Breakthroughs don't conform to authoritative leadership practices because they advance at unpredictable speeds and magnitudes. Since it is disruptive, radical innovation is often relegated to an orphaned tech center, marginalized development function or outsourced completely where it becomes someone else's problem. But in a down market, where growth is hard to come by, innovation isn't your best friend; it's your only friend. Now the same leaders who managed to keep innovation segregated from standard operations find themselves chasing a fast moving global market where disruptive innovation is likely to be an integrated solution created by a federation that spans companies, geographies and disciplines. As a result, conventional organizational strategies, structures and processes are being replaced by boundless affiliations where connecting the dots of diverse cultures and competencies has become the essential function of leadership. But what happens when your best people aren't your people at all? What happens when everyone, everywhere, everyday innovates? Throw away your checklist. One size never really fit all anyway. It's time to connect the dots – to innovate how we innovate. This presentation will show you how to sync your strategies, practices and competencies to achieve your collaborative innovation goals.


Biography Read more

Jeff DeGraff is a world-renowned professor, speaker and innovation guru. Referred to as the “Dean of Innovation,” Jeff’s expertise has been shared globally at top innovation incubators and think tanks such as the Aspen Institute and with companies that include Eaton, GM, SPX, 3M, Apple, Coca-Cola, GE, Johnson & Johnson, LG, Pfizer, and Toyota.

Jeff DeGraff is Professor of Management and Organizations at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, where he teaches popular MBA and Executive Education courses on leading creativity and innovation. With over 25 years of corporate leadership and academic experience, Jeff is the “guru to the innovation gurus” at Fortune 500 companies. His advice is highly sought on how to pick, manage and harvest winning ideas in organizations. He jumpstarts the innovation initiatives and works with organizations to provide the necessary support for those initiatives.

“The amount of innovation a company produces is inversely related to the number of PowerPoint slides or elaborate process diagrams it makes about innovation.” - The DeGraff Hypothesis

Jeff’s research and writing focuses on leading innovation: Strategy, competency and culture development, practices and methods. Professor DeGraff is one of the co-developers of the Competing Values Framework, considered one of the most influential leadership models in wide use today.

Dr. DeGraff’s book, Innovation You: 4 Steps to Becoming New and Improved shows how the principles and methods of business innovation can be applied to our lives as individuals. His PBS program by the same name has introduced these ideas to viewers across America.

Jeff DeGraff is also co-author of the books Creativity at Work: Developing the Right Practices to Make Innovation Happen, Leading Innovation: How to Jumpstart Your Company’s Growth Engine and Competing Values Leadership: Creating Value in Organizations.

Jeff has written dozens of articles and is frequently asked for his opinions on contemporary business matters by NPR, Business Week, US News and World Report, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal to name a few. Dr. DeGraff also writes a column for Psychology Today and the Huffington Post.

Jeff DeGraff is a sought after speaker and trusted advisor to executives in both the business and not-for-profit communities, with significant experience in Europe and Asia, and in most industry and market segments. As a speaker, Jeff offers his personal experience as a former business executive from one of the fastest-growing companies in America, the credibility of being a published author and a master teacher.

More About Speaker, Jeff DeGraff. . .
Dr. DeGraff runs a leading innovation institute, Innovatrium, with labs in Ann Arbor and Atlanta, and a web-based collaborative open innovation network that connects an elite global community of innovators to organizations.

He has consulted with hundreds of the world’s most prominent firms and has developed a broad array of widely used creativity and innovation methodologies and tools.

Jeff DeGraff was the “Dean of Innovation,” a member of the executive team, at Domino’s Pizza when it was one of the fastest growing businesses in the world in the 1980’s. Given his influence on the field over the years the name stuck.

Professor DeGraff holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Check Availability *

*Same Business Day Response!

Call Us 1-800-345-5607