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5.0 out of 5 stars How to play the game of life and win, August 2, 2011
This review is from: Innovation You: Four Steps to Becoming New and Improved (Hardcover)
Professor Jeff DeGraff thinks of himself as a football coach. He wants to help you understand the game of life so you can call the right play at the right time.

As a student in his class at the University of Michigan, I learned how to use the Competing Values Framework to develop innovative solutions to business problems. In Innovation You, Jeff takes those same frameworks and makes them personal. The book really helped me think more holistically and more clearly about my life.

For instance, I now understand why I went to business school. I may not have been aware of it or able to articulate it at the time, but what I was doing was innovating in the "Collaborate" quadrant. Going to business school helped me increase my capabilities and develop a community (read: the Ross School of Business network and the U of M network more generally) that will be an important part of my life from now on.

During grad school I spent a lot of time working in the "Create" quadrant. I did a lot of self-discovery. Through my classes, group projects, and career-related self-assessment exercises, I learned about my strengths and my weaknesses. (It wasn't always pretty or easy, but like most things that don't kill you, it made me stronger.) I also worked on creating a positive vision of the future -- a kind of north star to help me way-find.

Now that I've graduated, I need to focus more on the "Compete" and "Control" quadrants. I need to develop a plan for creating prosperity in my life while maintaining my physical health and mental focus. And I need to develop consistent systems that will enable me to sustain my career success. If I do those things right, I should find the financial security I need.

There are no guarantees. As Jeff says, nothing is certain. But with the right way of thinking about the game of life and the right coach guiding you in your play calling, you dramatically increase your chances of becoming the new and improved person you want to be.

As you can tell, Innovation You has been very helpful to me. I hope it's just as helpful to you. Good luck!
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Initial post: Sep 5, 2013 2:37:41 PM PDT
Shopper says:
NOBODY actually tries to "collaborate and network" while in college, they socialize, if anything. And years later in your professional life, you don't go looking to expand your business with someone you met at a party or working on a class project with! That's why it's virtually always mentioned by every author and speaker in self-help books and at self development seminars, it's obvious "low hanging fruit" that sounds really great,(and makes the author and/or speaker sound like they know what they are talking about), but it's NEVER actually accomplished by anybody.
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