Jeff Dance

Jeff is Founder and CEO of Fresh Consulting. Formerly a Strategy & Operations Consultant at Deloitte Consulting, Jeff brings years of experience in the creative design and digital technology space, building teams and overseeing hundreds of digital projects.

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Innovation as a Service

Creativity is the Highest Form of Intelligence

Creativity is the highest form of intelligence because it goes beyond knowledge recall and extends into knowledge creation. Someone intelligent can be very knowledgeable and have excellent information recall (let’s say for a standardized test), but creativity and innovation require some novel form of intelligence that is of a higher order. Studies have shown that
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Innovation as a Service

Understanding what we really mean when we use the word “nnovation”

Scott Berkun, author of the book “The Myths of Innovation,” recently suggested that we use the word innovation too often in a vague way and we have diverse intended meanings. I can’t argue with him. It’s used carelessly to suggest a number of different things and has lately been a popular buzz word for nearly
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So Your Leader Asks Everyone to Be More “Innovative”?

Innovation is a top priority for leadership, as expressed in the recent IBM global CEO study. It sounds great to us when we hear our leaders express the need to innovate, but what do they really mean? The definition of innovation—something fresh or new that we value—can only take our understanding so far. Here are
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“No One Feels Happy Walking Away from the Suggestion Box”

In a recent discussion about some fresh entrepreneurial ideas, one of my colleagues at Intel suggested some ways to improve Intel’s operation, but commented that “no one feels happy walking away from the suggestion box.” Why does no one feel happy sharing a suggestion after dropping it in a box? I felt my colleague’s statement
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Innovation often occurs on two extremes. Can you do it in the middle?

Innovation often occurs on two extremes – when there is a pressing need OR an abundant opportunity Pressing Need: People are forced to innovate during downturns in the economy or when costs are greater than profits. For example, innovation is often cited as a benefit of a business cycle. It forces people to think of
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Continuous vs. Emergent: Two classes of Distinct Innovation

Continuous and Emergent innovation stem from the same basic innovation definition: something fresh or new that creates value, but there are numerous key differences. Continuous Innovation is synonymous with improvements, fresh iterations, progression, new enhancements, growth, incremental changes and efficiency whereas Emergent Innovation is synonymous with breakthroughs, disruption, radical ideas, paradigm-shifting results, raw novelty, and
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