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  • Jeff DeGraff
    The Upside of Discovering Your Incompetencies
    How well do you know yourself? Do you know your weaknesses as well as you know your strengths? Having deep self-awareness about your own shortcomings isn't just important when working collaboratively in any organization--it's essential....
  • Jeff DeGraff
    Need to Get Creative? How to Create an Idea Space
    Where you work is how you think. Your immediate surroundings determine your mindset, the way you generate ideas and solve problems. You can't break institutional barriers within the walls of your everyday workspace. If radical change is what...
  • SkyVault
    Solatube International Receives Most Innovative New Product Award from CONNECT
    Solatube International, the worldwide leader in daylighting systems, today announced that its SkyVault Series received the Most Innovative New Product (MIP) Award at the 2014 CONNECT MIP Awards that took place at an awards ceremony on Dec. 4. In...
  • Jeff DeGraff
    How to Do More With Less
    Innovation is not an event. It's a long process that depends on incremental changes along the way. These small adjustments may not seem momentous on their own. Yet in their context, they can be game-changing. Figuring out how to cook a pizza...
  • Jeff DeGraff
    How to Weed Out Projects That Aren't Worth Your Time
    Forget what you've heard about comparing apples to oranges. It's often helpful to put your organization's diverse projects alongside each other and compare them. This is the point of maintaining a portfolio: to treat initiatives like...
  • Jeff DeGraff
    How to Jump-Start Radical Change in Your Company
    When Steve Jobs developed the iPod in 1997, he assembled a diverse group of thinkers with different points of view and areas of expertise. They didn't invent something new. Rather, they brought together disparate technologies that no one had...
  • Rapid Prototyping
    An Introduction to Rapid Prototyping
    Prototyping is one of the most important steps in the life-cycle of product development and actualization. As the demand for a faster way to build and clone the prototype increased, better techniques were developed in the industry, which lead to...
  • Standardized testing
    Xanax to cope with "test stress", and other signs of a toxic education system
    A recent NY Times article painted a bleak and honest picture of our education system as Florida parents pleaded for help to anyone that would listen.According to these parents, the rise in federal, state, and district-level testing have left their...
  • Jeff DeGraff
    The Low-Risk Way to Design Breakthrough Products
    The fastest way to build something is to deconstruct it. Think about all those companies that produce complicated things on an insanely large scale: Toyota, McDonalds, Boeing. If you want to build enough cars to move the entire world or sell a...
  • Jeff DeGraff
    The Key to Creating Partnerships That Work
    The coming together of two distinct organizations isn't merely difficult--it's nearly impossible. The statistics are overwhelming: a recent global survey conducted by KMPG found that 83% of mergers fail. But yours doesn't have to. How...
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    Resist the fear of creation and profit from invention: Best practices that work
    Being creative is the cornerstone of innovation and growth for any business. Those who study creative thinking agree that the belief people are either born with creative talent or not is a myth. Those who study innovation offer some the best ideas...
  • Jeff DeGraff
    4 Innovation Strategies to Forecast the Future
    What's going to happen to the Euro in the coming year? What's the next game-changing political development in the Middle East? What's the fate of healthcare reform? The answer to all of these big, complicated questions is simple: we...
  • HIV test
    Major monoclonal antibody drug trial for HIV patients underway
    Treatment is a life-long commitment for people afflicted with HIV. Once treatment has commenced, patients should continue taking their meds as strictly advised. It sounds simple enough, but it’s easier said than done.The standard treatment...
  • Lithium ion battery pack
    Extending the life cycle of batteries with a self healing polymer
    Exploring solutions beyond the obvious in order to mitigate climate change impacts, the Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP) at Stanford University has selected seven research projects that advance renewable energy technologies and has awarded...
  • How to Create Better Ideas Faster
    How to Create Better Ideas Faster
    The four F’s of effective brainstorming.Have you ever tried to get your team to brainstorm a breakthrough idea for a product or service only to find the process mostly yields extensions of existing ideas?Research on creative thinking gives...