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  • Jeff DeGraff
    Assembling Your Innovation Advisory Board
    Hands assembling jigsaw puzzle pieces. Teamwork connection, idea connect, solve and success, vector illustrationA genius is only as great as his brain trust: the circle of mentors and consultants who nurture and enhance his ideas. That all great...
  • Jeff DeGraff
    When Nobody Wants Your Innovation
    What happens when the comfort of the old is preferable to the risk of the new? This is the situation all innovators face when presenting their ideas or inventions to a hesitant public: we're dissatisfied with the way things are now, but we'...
  • Leadership Books
    Three recent trends in leadership books
    According to Fauzia Burke, Founder and President of FSB Associates, the three recent trends in leadership books is that more are being written about women in leadership roles, millennials in the workplace, and leadership transparency in the way...
  • Daniel Burrus
    Digital Healthcare: What Are the Opportunities?
    Much like every other prominent industry, the medical field is becoming inexorably digitized. Digital disruption and transformation within the healthcare profession is a Hard Trend — something that will happen, something we can count on...
  • How To Get Everything Done By 5 P.M.
    How To Get Everything Done By 5 P.M. And Actually Leave The Office
    I’m a fan of Kathryn Dill‘s work at Forbes, and she reported on an interesting piece, How To Leave Work By 5 P.M. And Still Get Everything Done.Here are seven key tips she outlines, along with two of my own that can help you escape the...
  • Jeff DeGraff
    The Three Realities of Innovators
    How do you build a bridge to a place that doesn't yet exist? This is the paradoxical challenge that every innovator faces: to envision and reach for the future before it happens. This requires the gift of foresight-a skill that involves seeing...
  • Al Gore
    Trudging the Road and Running on Faith
    I've gotten to an age where existence is no longer enough, I must walk the walk and not just talk the talk. This is yet another leap of faith because I am putting in the footwork and turning over the results.I have had enough reference to know...
  • Jeff DeGraff
    Before There Were TED Talks, There Were Chautauquas
    Before there were TED talks, there were Chautauquas. In the late-nineteenth century, Americans looking for cultural stimulation and intellectual inspiration gathered for weeklong retreats of lectures, performances, and conversations. These outdoor...
  • Ohio program trains professionals and business leaders to become principals
    Ohio program trains professionals and business leaders to become principals
    Many educators agree that a successful, well-adjusted school principal must establish“a schoolwide vision of commitment to high standards and the success of all students.” And many of these same professionals might reasonably assume...
  • Jeff DeGraff
    The Unlikely Source of Your Next Big Breakthrough
    The middleman just might be the vanguard of your next innovation strategy. It's time to reimagine the role of supply chains in our creative thinking. The truth is that the suppliers we all depend on are greater than the parts they provide....
  • Chris Gorney
    Second Life Studio's Chris Gorney shares his leadership insights
    Chris Gorney is Creative Director at Second Life Studios(SLS),which exists to design purposefully built spaces with repurposed materials.Gorney is also one Kansas City metro's emerging and influential leaders.The Kansas City-based commercial...
  • On Top: Fortune's 2015 Global 500 List
    On Top: Fortune's 2015 Global 500 List
    Fortune has released the 2015 Global 500 – a ranking of the largest companies in the world by annual revenues. Together, the 500 companies set new record revenues of $31.2 trillion (slightly higher 0.5% than last year) while total profits...
  • The two sons of Senator Strom Thurmond given the state flag on July 1, 2003
    Senator Paul Thurmond recalled a memory from July 1, 2003
    Today marks one month since the greatest nation on earth was shaken from its sleeping slumber on the question of racism in America. As the news reported the murders of 9 AME church worshipers at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina,...
  • Grounded Leaders
    Bob Rosen's new book teaches business leaders how to stay grounded
    Bob Rosen's new book, Grounded: How Leaders Stay Rooted in an Uncertain World, teaches business leaders how to stay grounded by using a model for leadership based on six dimensions. Those dimensions include physical, emotional, intellectual,...
  • Daniel Burrus
    Essential Strategies For Exceeding Expectations
    In today’s highly competitive world, it’s never been more important to exceed both personal and professional expectations. If you’re merely meeting expectations, you can position yourself as good — but not great. Or, you...
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