Kaihan Krippendorff

  • Founder of Outthinker, Growth Strategy Consulting Firm
  • Bestselling Author of Four Business Strategy Books
  • Top Business Strategy Keynote Speaker
  • Former McKinsey Consultant

Top business strategy speaker Dr. Kaihan Krippendorff is the founder of Outthinker, a growth strategy consulting firm with a proven track record of success. Outthinker ideas have created $2.5 billion in revenue, and companies that participate in the Outthinker process grow 100-120% faster, thanks to Kaihan's game-changing insights that allow businesses to execute cutting-edge strategies to thrive in the new economy. 

A former McKinsey consultant and author of four bestselling business strategy books including Outthink the Competition, Kaihan specializes in serving financial service, technology, and retail firms who recognize the need to move away from traditional linear models and embrace agile, digital strategies for the accelerating world.

A sought after speaker and facilitator in a number of fields, including business strategy, disruptive growth strategy, innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership, and corporate entrepreneurship, Kaihan has served some of the largest corporations in the world, including Microsoft, ABC TV, Johnson & Johnson, and AIG. Whether delivering a keynote, or heading a workshop, anyone who has worked with Kaihan will mention the great lengths he goes to in order to customize his program to your industry and carefully select material that will resonate with the audience.

 
  

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Kaihan has the unique ability to frame questions in such a way that energizes a diverse group of leaders in strategic business planning. Through his guidance we were able to look at strategic issues for our board in unique ways that will have immediate application. He was quick to understand our issues and our mission and was an immense help in developing our strategy.

A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Kaihan Krippendorff
  • Microsoft
  • Citibank
  • L'Oreal USA
  • Wharton Business School
  • GE
  • VITAS Healthcare Corporation
  • Fortune Growth Summit
  • United Technologies
  • Financial Executives International
  • National Association of Insurance Commissioners
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Outthink the Future: Excelling in a Digital, Agile, Purpose-Driven World

Based on his most recent book, Outthink the Competition, Kaihan delivers a set of proven business strategy tools he has used with more than 300 clients in almost every industry to create innovative growth ideas that increase revenue, profit, and the trajectory of your business and career. Blending t ...

Based on his most recent book, Outthink the Competition, Kaihan delivers a set of proven business strategy tools he has used with more than 300 clients in almost every industry to create innovative growth ideas that increase revenue, profit, and the trajectory of your business and career. Blending together first-hand stories of inspiring business and social innovators, from Elon Musk to Noble Peace Prize winner Mohammad 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.  

 You will learn: 

  • How to reactivate your ability to “Outthink”
  • Find a “Fourth Option”: the option beyond the obvious choices, the option others will not see or respond to
  • New strategic patterns that reveal new strategic options
  • The Outthinker playbook: five strategic narratives you want to master now:
    1. Move early to the next battleground
    2. Coordinate the uncoordinated
    3. Force two-front battles
    4. Be good
    5. Create something out of nothing
  • A simple approach to turn “crazy” ideas into winning moves
  • Build a culture of Outthinking- strategic and innovative thinking

 *Specialized versions of this topic for financial services and retail audiences are available

Be the Disruptor, Not the Disrupted

We are experiencing a historic acceleration in the pace of change in our world. Artificial intelligence, machine learning, digitization, robotics, 3D printing, social shifts, the the rise of purpose-driven enterprises are re-configuring how every conceivable industry operates. These changes divide u ...

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

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

Kaihan Krippendorff has spent over a decade studying the patterns of disruption. What makes 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 help hundreds of businesses lean into change and thrive in tomorrows' fast-paced, digital, purpose-driven future. In this talk he breaks down the underlying patterns of disruption and with compelling stories of successes, failures, and yet-unknown innovations, teaches practical tools to help you become a Disruptor.

You will learn:

  • The emerging trends that driving us into an era of disruption - from AI to digitizations - and how these will likely shape the future
  • That strategic patterns that winning organizations - from Alibaba to Amazon - are deploying to thrive during the ongoing shift of global business structures and thinking
  • How to overcome the "innovators' dilemma" and create breakthrough ideas that will disrupt your market without disrupting your organization

Unlocking Intrapreneurship: Employees as the Drivers of Innovation

“Innovation” brings to our mind the maverick entrepreneur who quits their job, at unimaginable odds, to build a business on their own. The business leaders we most admire – Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, Warren Buffett, Oprah Winfrey – follow remarkably similar paths. They left school or a career; the ...

“Innovation” brings to our mind the maverick entrepreneur who quits their job, at unimaginable odds, to build a business on their own. The business leaders we most admire – Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, Warren Buffett, Oprah Winfrey – follow remarkably similar paths. They left school or a career; they were passionate to solve a problem; they faced daunting hurdles; they fought through a jungle of disbelief, self-doubt, and sometimes betrayal; and ultimately they came out smiling on the other end.

But this entrepreneurial story is a myth.

Kaihan 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 in-depth research of hundreds of successful innovators soon to be released in his next book, Change the World without Quitting your Job, Kaihan outlines the seven key steps to unlock the value of your employees’ ideas, drive innovation inside your organization, and make sure the next “great idea” doesn’t go unnoticed.

  1. Shift your mindset
  2. Build a strategic idea filter
  3. Generate disruptive IDEAS
  4. Embrace the New Lean: run a strategic experiment
  5. Construct a business model that disrupts the competition, but not yourself
  6. Apply political acumen to rally a groundswell of support
  7. Rapidly scale with an agile team

You will learn:

  • How to navigate organizational barriers and deploy new and disruptive ideas
  • How shift your organiztational mindset and culture to challenge the outdated status-quo
  • How to assemble an agile team to drive growth
  • The New Lean- a process for agile experimentation
  • How to tap into the hidden talent of your employees and unlock the value of their ideas into your company

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 tha ...

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, Kaihan 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):

  • Positioning: how can you own a position your competitors will resist copying?
  • Product: where can you underperform to outperform somewhere else?
  • Price: how can you change the basis of pricing?
  • Place: what new channels will surprise your market?
  • Promotion: how can you achieve a radically lower customer acquisition cost?
  • Processes: what small process can produce disruptive transformations?
  • Physical Experience: how can you innovate what customers see, smell, feel, hear, or taste?
  • People: can you rethink hiring, organizing, incentivizing, or culture to create a sustained advantage?

The "8Ps" framework has proven to be a powerful structure to engage high-level marketers and business strategists in an exploration of where competitive advantages lie and where to strengthen them. The approach has been used successfully in companies ranging from L’Oreal and Nestle Purina to Microsoft and United Technologies.

From this session, you will walk away with an understanding of:

  • How to uncover new avenues for growth and innovation
  • How to construct a disruptive business model
  • The 8P strategic innovation framework
  • How to build the confidence to apply new strategies everyday across all business units and roles

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Biography

Dr. Kaihan Krippendorff is a top business strategy speaker and author of multiple business books, most recently Outthink the Competition (John Wiley & Sons). He is the founder of Outthinker, a popular blogger, and a sought-after strategic advisor to a growing roster of leading businesses and corporations that recognize the need to move away from traditional linear models to embrace agile, digital strategies for the accelerating world. His clients include ABC TV, AIG, BNY Mellon, Citibank, Pershing, TIAA, Realogy, Microsoft, VM Ware, and Johnson & Johnson.

Nobel Peace Prize winner Mohammad Yunus said, “Kaihan shows that with a compelling idea anyone can change the world.” This message has made Kaihan one of the most in-demand business strategy speakers in the world.

His keynote clients over the past year have included the Consumer Electronics Association, National Association of Federal Credit Unions, Harvard Business Review, Wharton Business School, National Restaurant Association, Produce Marketing Association, FORTUNE Growth Summit, Young Presidents’ Organization, Entrepreneurs' Organization, Institute for Management Studies, American Gear Manufacturers Association, Precision Machined Products Association, American Bar Association, and Metals Service Center Institute.

He conducts in-house, private talks for companies such as GE, VMware, McDonald’s, Microsoft, L’Oreal, Nestle Purina, Kraft, and United Technologies. He has co-headlined conferences with Jack Welch, Robin Sharma, Stephen M. R. Covey, Marshall Goldsmith and Tony Sheih among other leading speakers.

Kaihan is a consultant with Wharton Executive Education, faculty member of Florida International University, teacher of design strategy at Parsons School of Design, and a lecturer at business schools throughout the US and internationally.

Kaihan has been featured in key business media outlets, including BusinessWeek, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Time, Fox Business, Fast Company, PBS, and Bloomberg Radio.

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

With a mother from Bangladesh and a father from Germany, Kaihan brings a holistic, global perspective to his topics of business strategy, strategic thinking, and innovation. He speaks three languages and has lived or spent significant periods of time in Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe, and the Pacific. He lives in Greenwich, Conn., with his wife and three children. For more information, visit Kaihan.net or Outthinker.com.