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- Listening Length: 6 hours and 36 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Random House Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: July 26, 2011
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B005EJFVME
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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.Read more ›
It encourages you to focus on the process of innovation, rather than blindly following a particular approach to health, wealth, and happiness.
Innovation You teaches you how to identify your underlying behaviors and habits, so you are more sensitive to the "hard wired" approaches to change and threats. It encourages you to recognize your default reactions, and explore different approaches.
I particularly liked the way Innovation You encourages you to explore individuals, situations, and behaviors that you might find uncomfortable: often, "where the sparks fly," is where your great opportunities for change are to be found.
A small point, but--unlike many other change-based books--there are just a handful of characters, (i.e., illustrative stories), yet they reappear throughout the book, illustrating different stages of the "learning how to innovate" process. An excellent value.
The Dean of Innovation's method is based on the belief that life moves in cycles and experimentation is necessary to find the correct blend to move to the desired stage. As such, his book does not provide a one-size-fit all prescribed course of action or a one-time fix. Instead, Jeff gives readers the foundation for life skills to identify how to approach innovation as needed, as well as to identify what makes us fall back into reaction mode. He does this by using a balanced blend of many relevant, relatable, and inspiring examples gained from both his professional and personal life. The Dean's approach makes this book very easy to read.
The `portfolio of life' exercise and `capacity review' included in the book are great ways to implement the newly acquired knowledge and develop it into a life skills set that can be applied each time a reinvention plan is needed. Whether it is time for you to make a minor improvement that has significant impact or a multi-faceted, or it is time for you to create a long-range plan that is executed in phases to reach your desired goal, "Innovation You" is a must read .
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very satisfied with the product, price, service and timingPublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
It is not worth it, didn't even pay for it, and all the other reviews are fake reviews, you can just tell by the clear bias within the title. Don't fall for fake reviews.Published on May 12, 2012 by Winzji
This book is loaded with helpful ideas, tools, methods and examples to help you innovate AND motivate a better you. We're all really busy. Working hard. Read morePublished on February 24, 2012 by Jimmy
Jeff De Graff is a business school professor with real world experience: part of the team that grew Domino's Pizza from a small regional operation to the global powerhouse it now... Read morePublished on January 14, 2012 by Rob
I have to admit that I'm a bit jealous of Jeff DeGraff. He's written an excellent book -- so good I have author envy. Read morePublished on October 29, 2011 by Gregg Fraley
This book started off good and then took a dive for a bit. However at about mid-point it took off like a rocket. Do not give up on it. Read morePublished on October 17, 2011 by Book Fanatic