Speaker


Kaihan Krippendorff

Strategy and Innovation Expert

Kaihan Krippendorff is one of the most in-demand business speakers in the world. A bestselling author, internationally recognized thought-leader, and a sought-after strategic advisor, Kaihan helps organizations and individuals thrive in today’s era of fast-paced disruptive technological change. In his innovative talks, he shares his methods for outthinking the competition, innovating from within, increasing agility, and evolving corporate social responsibility to achieve success.

The founder of Outthinker, a growth strategy consulting firm, Kaihan is also a consultant with Wharton Executive Education; faculty member of Florida International University; a teacher of design strategy at Parsons School of Design; and a lecturer at business schools throughout the United States and around the world.

As a speaker and consultant, Kaihan’s clients include ABC TV, Citibank, Pershing, Realogy, Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, the Young Presidents’ Organization, Harvard Business Review, Nestle Purina, Kraft, and more. He is also regularly featured in key business media outlets, including BusinessWeek, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Time, Fox Business, Fast Company, PBS, and Bloomberg Radio.

Kaihan earned a Master of Business Administration at Columbia Business School and London Business School, a Bachelor of Science in finance from Wharton Business School, and a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a Doctorate of Science in Economics.


Outthink the Competition: Excelling In a Digital, Agile, Purpose-Driven Future

As a successful entrepreneur, author, consultant and CEO, Kaihan Krippendorff has worked with and studied thousands of companies and the different approaches they take to drive growth, foster innovation, and set them apart from the competition. How is it that some companies are able to continually pivot their strategy, transform, and pursue new growth ideas? The answer is they have a repeatable process and common language that can be learned and taught.

Based on his most recent book, Outthink the Competition, Kaihan delivers a systematic process and set of proven business strategy tools he has used with more than 300 clients in almost every industry to create innovative strategies and growth ideas that have generated more than $2.5B in revenue. Blending together first-hand stories of inspiring business and social innovators, from Elon Musk to Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, Kaihan’s presentation teaches the audience a tested method for developing actionable growth ideas that unlock growth, increase competitiveness of their business and arm them with the tools needed to excel in today’s digital, agile, and purpose-driven world. In this inspiring keynote you will learn:

  • How to use The Outthinker Process® to generate powerful ideas that can drive bottom-line results across all levels of the business
  • How to find a “Fourth Option”: the option beyond the obvious choices, the option others will not see or respond to
  • The Outthinker playbook: five strategic narratives you want to master now
  • A simple approach to avoid killing off “crazy” ideas and instead turn them into winning moves
  • How to extract value of internal ideas to drive organic growth
  • How to build a culture of Outthinking that celebrates fresh strategic and innovative ideas and thinking

How to empower and inspire your employees so that they are ready to take action to develop, test and scale innovative growth ideas

Conquering Innovation and Creativity Killers: Driving Innovation From Within

“Innovation” brings to our mind the maverick entrepreneur who quits their job, at unimaginable odds, to build a business on their own. But this entrepreneurial story is a myth. As a successful entrepreneur, author, consultant and CEO, Kaihan Krippendorff argues that intrapreneurs – employees who incubate new businesses within corporations – have had a far greater impact on the world. Nearly all of the most transformative innovations over the past three decades, from e-mail and the Internet to DNA sequencing and MRI scans, were introduced by employees who did not quit their jobs but instead took the challenge of innovating from within.

Drawing on five years of in-depth research of hundreds of successful innovators and Intrapreneurial Intensity, as well as insights from thought leaders, C-suite leaders, business unit leaders, and front-line employees, Kaihan shares exclusive insights from his next book, The Employee Innovator: Driving Innovation from Within (Columbia University Press, 2019). Kaihan unveils the most common innovation barriers and shares specific tools, frameworks and techniques used by successful innovators to manage and unlock the value of employees’ ideas to drive corporate innovation levels and deliver bottom-line results. Audience members will leave feeling inspired and empowered with the actionable next steps for testing and scaling ideas that generate value and growth.

In this inspiring keynote you will learn:

  • What Intrapreneurial Intensity (II) is and how it impacts growth rates and shareholder value
  • How to use the IN-OVATE Framework
  • Simple tools, frameworks and techniques to navigate organizational barriers to increase II and deploy new and disruptive ideas that generate value in your company
  • How to shift your organizational mindset and culture to challenge the outdated status-quo
  • How to increase engagement and empower employees to “be the change” and drive innovation inside of your company
  • How to extract value of internal ideas to drive organic growth
  • How to break free from traditional thinking and operations to embrace transformative new possibilities
  • How to build a wave of support for growth, innovation and creativity by reinforcing the idea that innovation is possible, attainable, and ultimately actionable

Innovating Beyond the R&D Lab: Realizing Trapped Value across the Eight Dimensions of Innovation

When we say “innovation” we almost always mean “product innovation.” We talk about research & development and possible new solutions to meet unmet needs. This is a one-dimensional and incomplete approach to innovation. Dissect the most innovative companies of the last decade and you will see that great innovators disrupt their markets by reaching beyond the product. Oftentimes their success rests on choices that have little to do with new products.

In this presentation, successful entrepreneur, author, consultant and CEO Kaihan Krippendorff will take you through engaging examples from a broad array of industries such as Urban Outfitters in apparel, IKEA in furniture, VMware in technology, SpaceX in space launch vehicles, Mastercard in payments, and Vistaprint in printing services, showing how companies that outperform their competition seek disruptive innovation across eight dimensions (8Ps). The “8Ps” framework has proven to be a powerful structure to engage high-level marketers, business strategists and sales staff in an exploration of where competitive advantages lie, where to strengthen them, and where they are being underutilized.

Takeaways from this session include:

  • The “8Ps” strategic innovation framework: systematically uncover new avenues for growth, innovation and transformation
  • How to construct a disruptive business model or strategy that leverages an underutilized 8P strength
  • Identifying opportunities beyond the R&D lab: identify and reconstruct processes and operations to drive efficiency
  • Driving organic growth leveraging the value of unrealized ideas
  • How to build real confidence to apply new strategies everyday across all business units and roles

Unleashing Agile: Activate the Power of an Entrepreneurial Mindset to Drive Growth

In a world marked by accelerated change and innovation, mental agility has proven to be a critical driver of success in sports, warfare, business, career, and life. Yet few agree on what exactly “mental agility” is or know how to develop it. Companies that fail to move on quickly enough from their linear organization will not succeed. In this presentation, successful entrepreneur, author, consultant and CEO Kaihan Krippendorff shares insights from his work with top-level corporate entrepreneurs and the study of more than 200 successful innovators into what sets them apart from the rest of the competitive pack. Kaihan will share the key practices that distinguish those with high mental agility and arm the audience with tools and frameworks they can immediately apply to their own work.

Audience members will learn to:

  • Connect the unconnected – pulling together seemingly unrelated pieces of information to rapidly form a mental image of the situation or opportunity.
  • Uncover unexpected causes – drilling down into the system to see the cause others overlook.
  • Shift your frame – shifting your frame on the problem to reveal solutions others dismiss.
  • Question the impossible – understanding why we fall into mental “traps” of false beliefs that prevent us from seeing what is possible and, more importantly, how to dig out of the trap that is keeping you from seizing the solution.

Attendees will leave with a boost of confidence, tools, and energy to increase the velocity and agility level of their organization on a daily basis.

Be the Disruptor, Not the Disrupted

We are experiencing a historic acceleration in the pace of change in our world. Artificial intelligence, digitization, robotics, 3D printing, social shifts, and the rise of purpose-driven enterprises are reconfiguring how every conceivable industry operates.

These changes divide us into two camps: the “Disruptors” and the “Disrupted”.

Successful entrepreneur, author, consultant and CEO Kaihan Krippendorff has spent over a decade studying the patterns of disruption. What makes some companies thrive and what makes others fall behind? What gives some the power to shape the future and makes others struggle to keep up? Kaihan has applied his cutting-edge findings to create more than $2.5B in new value and help hundreds of businesses lean into change and thrive in tomorrow’s fast-paced, digital, purpose-driven world. In this talk, Kaihan breaks down the underlying patterns of disruption and with compelling stories of successes, failures, and yet-unknown innovations, teaches practical tools to help you take action and become a Disruptor.

Learnings and outcomes include:

  • The emerging trends – from AI to digitization – that are driving us into an era of disruption and how these will likely shape the future
  • How to use The Outthinker Process® to generate powerful ideas that can drive bottom-line results across all levels of the business
  • The strategic patterns and best practices that the world’s most strategic and innovative companies use to thrive during the ongoing shift of global business structures and thinking
  • A systematic process you can use to overcome the “innovator’s dilemma” and create breakthrough growth ideas that will disrupt your market without disrupting your organization
  • How to empower and inspire employees so that they’re ready to take action to develop, test and scale innovative growth ideas

Winning the Future of Finance

The financial services industry – from banking to payments to insurance – today is undergoing a rapid, historic transformation. Never before have so many disruptions hit the industry so rapidly, from fin-tech to regulation to consumer/ investor behavior. Kaihan works with many of the world’s leading financial institutions, helping them make sense of the future and design strategies to win. In this keynote, Kaihan uses first-hand experience and actionable insights to present a compelling vision of the future world of financial services and leaves the audience with tools and an approach to develop a strategy to succeed in the 21st century.

You will learn:

  • The key macro-trends that will shape the industry, from blockchain to millennial investors to artificial intelligence and beyond
  • The five key strategies today’s most successful firms are adopting to adapt to, and lead, tomorrow
  • What financial services will look like in the near and distant future
  • How to evolve into a more agile, inspiring, disruptive competitor, built for 21st Century success
  • Tools and a process for developing concrete ideas for a strategy and approach that could disrupt the industry

Disrupting Retail

The retail and apparel industries today are undergoing a rapid, historic transformation. Kaihan works at the cutting edge of the disruption, helping many of the world’s leading retail and apparel brands navigate a future being shaped by radically shorter times to market, artificial intelligence, personalization, and broad shifts in consumer behavior. Drawing from the latest industry developments moves from Amazon to QVC and stories of yet-under-appreciated new attackers, In this keynote, Kaihan uses first-hand experience and actionable insights to present a compelling vision of the future world of retail and leaves the audience with tools and an approach to develop a strategy to succeed in the 21st century.

You will learn:

  • The key macro-trends that will shape the apparel and retail industries
  • The five key strategies today’s most successful retail and apparel players are adopting to prepare for tomorrow
  • An overview of what retail will look like in the near and distant future
  • How to evolve into a more agile, disruptive competitor, built for 21st Century success
  • Tools and a process for developing concrete ideas for a strategy and approach that could disrupt the industry