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Innovation You: Four Steps to Becoming New and Improved Audible – Unabridged

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I checked this book out from the library for a test spin. I found the guidance and exercises included to be so helpful that I wanted to have it available when dilemmas present themselves to me in the future. I've been trained on many different personality based methodologies, i.e. HBDI, Behavioral Styles, etc. This book nicely compliments them as it offers a way to think outside of your usual box and assists you in finding ways to overcome obstacles and self-inflicted barriers.
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Innovation is explained in color terms, in story, and with repetition that gets deeper into the whys along with questions to ask yourself and tips for stretching beyond your usual plays. The innovation steps includes collaborate, control, create, and compete. Examples and questions make each of the steps understandable and action oriented.
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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.
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Format: Hardcover
Jeff DeGraff's Innovation You is an uncommonly useful book; rather than presenting a "prescription for success" based on a universal process or system, Innovation You teaches you how to innovate.

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.
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I have always been intrigued by the subject of innovation and creativity. I have purchased numerous books. Innovation You is the first book that I've read on this subject that immediately inspired me to look at innovation in a totally different way, and also inspired me to order a dozen more. Our organization wants to build a truly innovative culture that wows our customers. After reading Professor DeGraff's excellent book, I now realize that transformational innovation starts with the individual. As Margaret Mead stated so well: "A small group of concerned citizens can change the world, indeed it is the only thing that ever has." My entire staff is now reading Innovation You. We have never been so excited about our future!
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Disregard the 1 star review, I just purchased the audiobook, it's fantastic. It's full of real stories from many different situations. It's accessible. This, by the way, is not a fake review. It makes innovation accessible and enjoyable.
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Jeff DeGraff (a.k.a. The Dean of Innovation) demonstrates his communications brilliance with his book as he introduces readers to sophisticated ideas in easy to read language so that everyone can easily absorb his invaluable message.

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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