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Strategy and innovation expert, founder of Outthinker, former McKinsey consultant, author of four business strategy books and sought after keynote speaker
Kaihan Krippendorff is a top strategy and innovation expert (both academically and as a practictioner), an author of 5 best selling books, a Thinkers50 recognized thinker, Fast Company blogger, and the founder of Outthinker -a strategy and innovation consulting firm that has generated $2.5B in new revenue for mid-sized and Fortune 500 companies.
Kaihan Krippendorff's videos
What Kaihan Krippendorff's clients say
"Kaihan shows how large organizations, not just startups, can be a place where entrepreneurs innovate, build, and adapt for the future."
"Essential if you are itching to become more creative and tap into the resources of your company to create something amazing."
"Kaihan provides practical, actionable steps for breaking down siloes, and ignites the drive to collaborate and accept the new opportunities that will soon come your way."
"Kaihan, it was a pleasure to work with you. Your presentation at our annual partners meeting was engaging and thought-provoking. You left us all with a better understanding of innovation and actionable ideas we can start working on right away. Thanks again for how you customized your session; it felt like you were talking directly to us. Thank you!"
"I want to let you know that we were so thrilled and impressed with Kaihan and the content he delivered. Not only is he highly qualified and knowledgeable to speak about disruptive innovation, he is very personable both on stage and in his interactions with us. Kaihan is intelligent and insightful and it’s very clear to us that he is a lifelong learner who takes every opportunity to learn. We know that professional speakers often have “canned” presentations, but Kaihan took the time and effort to understand our company, partner CUs and the industry and in so doing was able to provide relevant and helpful insights into the “fourth option” that resonate and challenge the attendees to take action. Thank you for helping us secure Kaihan to speak EWF!"
"Kaihan was on-point and relevant. His message is current for any organization wanting to grow. He did a great job of creating a working environment during his talk in which he outlined specific steps and a process to think differently. I had immediate take-aways."
"Thank you for speaking at the CEO Roundtable! You really helped kick off the meeting and get the CEOs thinking. Several CEOs came up to me and told me they thought your presentation was excellent! Thank you for being so easy to work with and customizing the talk to make it just for our audience."
"Thank you for presenting at our Strategic Growth Conference! Your willingness to share your time and expertise was critical to the success of our event. We received terrific feedback and our attendees gained valuable insight from your presentation!"
"We really enjoyed working with Kaihan!!! His energy, topic, and being an outside speaker was really a breathe of fresh air and the perfect fit for the audience! We loved the takeaways connected to our leadership pillars and how easy and flexible he was to work with to customize for the event."
"Thanks for the excellent brief yesterday – I have already received anecdotal feedback how “on-point” and well-suited the content was for us. I appreciated your flexibility and personal engagement in particular."
"My clients and colleagues were very impressed with Kaihan’s speech and how much he knew so much about our industry and organization in a short amount of time. He was very well received. Thanks much for the excellent recommendation and your assistance."
"Kaihan- your talk was a perfect blend of inspiring, practical, and actionable. As a leader who is working to implement many of these ideas and structures, I found it so helpful to see a research-based, broader view of what successful innovation looks like! Thank you so much for the expertise and enthusiasm."
"We recently had Kaihan speak at our annual winter meeting to our council members. Not only was Kaihan’s presentation the most thought provoking and inspiring aspect of our meeting he was an absolute pleasure to work with leading up to the event. Kaihan spent extra time listening to us to learn more about our industry. His passion and enthusiasm came across extremely well to our audience. I would highly recommend Kaihan for your next event."
"Kaihan did a great job today! He was very effective in connecting the dots with his messaging and our strategy. I received several glowing comments on how well prepared he was and that his presentation and stories were very engaging. We couldn’t be happier!"
"Kaihan gave an amazing keynote presentation and helped make the event truly successful!"
"Great presentation this week at the Daikin Group Sales Meeting! Thank you for speaking with our reps, employees, and stakeholders to customize something just for us."
"Thanks for the excellent brief yesterday – I have already received anecdotal feedback how “on-point” and well-suited the content was for us. I appreciated your flexibility and personal engagement in particular."
"Kaihan is a great communicator, who held the rapt attention of an audience of more than 200 financial services professionals from across the country. He opened our minds, made us think, and gave us actionable ideas that one could apply to their day-to-day lives."
"Kaihan had over 700 business leaders captivated with his relevant content on how to build a business that disrupts your industry and distances yourself from your competition. He delivered!"
"Kaihan did a fantastic job at our annual conference for our many groups of CEOs and executive teams. His presentation energized the audience and left everyone with actionable tools and ideas for driving growth in their companies. He definitely made an impact."
"Kaihan really understood the key messages we were trying to get across to our Senior Leadership team. He incorporated those key messages around strategy and innovation into his speech, which was energizing, practical and impactful."
"Kaihan is a uniquely engaging speaker; he energizes and inspires. He uses cutting-edge business examples to make complex subjects simple, and offers the right balance of entertainment and deep insight."
"Kaihan, has an innate ability to captivate his audience. He brings a fresh, unique and passionate perspective on strategy and leadership, his style is brilliant and engaging and he is clearly a rising star."
"A fresh new approach of how to succeed in our highly uncertain business climate."
"Refreshing... speaks the truth. Many offer tools that might work. Kaihan offers tools that have been proven to work at the most innovative companies."
"Kaihan shows leaders how to ignite the curiosity, tenacity, initiative, and willingness to take risks your organization needs to innovate at scale. Listen to him if you want to maintain the dynamism and creativity the future demands."
"Kaihan inspires and empowers people broadly throughout the organization to sustain change and achieve agile and innovative growth."
"Kaihan shows that with a bold idea, anyone can change the world."
"Kaihan Krippendorff breaks down the complex into relevant, practical, and actionable insights that engage, entertain, and inspire your audience."
"Startups get the headlines, but established companies are often the real innovation heroes. Kaihan shares tools and practical examples that help internal innovators combine entrepreneurial energy with assets of scale to innovate with impact."
"Kaihan is very good at understanding the underlying patterns of strategy, then he trains the group to start recognizing these patterns, with time the strategic level of the group starts rising, generating breakthrough ideas that unleash untapped value."
"Kaihan’s groundbreaking work on strategy development changes the game for organizations facing an increasingly competitive environment."
"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."
"Kaihan provides practical methods to systematically analyze and intelligently manage the competition. This does not mean copying or even responding to the competition. It means precisely the opposite."
"We’ve exposed thousands of executives of growth firms around the world to Kaihan Krippendorff’s concrete and practical stratagems for dealing with competitive threats and he’s been universally well received by our tough and discerning audiences."
"Kaihan’s fresh message opens minds and motivates strategic change in a new era of competition that demands change."
"We invited Kaihan to address a global body of our top talent. He delivers cutting edge business concepts with his own unique tools in a way that inspires leaders to think differently. His professional approach, innovative concepts and deep knowledge of strategy holds up against the most sophisticated and experienced audiences."
"Kaihan’s speech for the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) left us inspired and wanting to change the world."
"We have had outstanding feedback from Kaihan's sessions [at IMEX Frankfurt] and it was an honour to have him take part."
"Kaihan’s presentation was excellent, and highly rated by our membership. Not only did he educate and inspire us, but he left us with an actual framework to follow and engage our teams."
"Kaihan shares a toolset and process companies and employees can leverage to bring ideas, both incremental and transformative, to fruition, to change the world and create a better future.”"
"Kaihan did an outstanding job as an external speaker at our Leadership Conference. He made a concerted effort to make his message tailored to our audience and went above and beyond in terms of learning about the issues that our company and its leaders are currently facing. I was impressed by his use of stories or choosing examples very relevant to our leaders to tie into his themes. We have gotten a lot of positive feedback regarding his message and would recommend him for additional talks."
"Kaihan, Your contributions to UTC over the years to think through strategy and opportunities for innovation are highly impactful!"
"Kaihan delivered a great presentation. The team really enjoyed it and it was highly relevant."
"Kaihan was responsive to tailoring his talk to the audience – was VERY relatable – one of our very best lectures and best-received lectures by the diverse audience of students, faculty, staff, people from the community. A top-notch and interactive speaker whose ideas resonate with almost any audience. PLUS – he’s a pleasure to work with as a person. Can’t say enough good things about him."
"In January of 2020, the Center for Leadership had Kaihan Krippendorff speak as part of The Leadership Lectures series at Florida International University. Not only was he well received by the audience, he was also easy to work with, personable and spent extra time answering questions our attendees had at the end of his presentation. His high energy, enthusiasm, relevant content and invaluable insights were amazing. The delivery of his message was exemplary as it resonated among our students as much as it did our faculty/staff and community members. The audience left feeling excited and motivated. I would highly recommend Mr. Krippendorff as a speaker for your next event, you won’t be disappointed."
"Any time I can be part of Kaihan Krippendorff's events I gladly join."
"Thank you for a great presentation! Our members and I will be looking to apply your principles to our own businesses in 2021. Well done!"
"A huge thank you for your outstanding keynote sessions at our 2021 Leaders Conference. The participant survey results show that your message resonated with our audience and you received an 87% satisfaction rating (with 49% extremely satisfied). We are very pleased with these results and our experience working with you to plan the sessions. Please accept our sincere appreciation for helping to make our conference a success!"
"Kaihan provides the guide that any business, government, and organizations should use to ignite innovation from the bottom up."
"Thank you SO much for such a wonderful session. That was truly energizing and I am already being flooded with notes, Slacks, email, and DMs from our team noting how much they enjoyed your session."
"Kaihan, your content and presentation was excellent! Thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to share your insights with the ML team. There was really good attendance and engagement. Our folks will surely benefit."
"Thank YOU so much, Kaihan! It was such a fantastic session today. I know I learned so much and some of our members were sharing that it was their favorite session from the entire EO Summer School thus far. You shared a lot of practical advice for them to not only get through COVID, but to think about ways to grow their businesses and come out stronger on the other side. Excellent content and very engaging virtual delivery too! Thanks again!"
"Kaihan continually inspires me, right where strategy intersects innovation. At the same time, he practices what he preaches, building a social learning community, showing us a new model in his own business. Pioneer!"
"Kaihan is truly an extraordinary, world-class thinker, strategist and disruptive innovation practitioner. His books and talks demonstrate his ability to sense and elevate trends and disruptive forces when they are still fringe, to use his vast strategic understanding and cross-industry experience to clearly illuminate unheard-of but potent INSIGHTS (e.g., keys to driving large-scale innovation in companies through engaging employees) and a remarkable ability to ACTIVATE those insights in ways that resonate with practitioners in the field who struggle with transforming theory into action. His ability to drive clarity and offer actionable frameworks and approaches is unparalleled. And his ability to 'connect the dots' across his vast network of other leading thinkers (see his OUTTHINKER podcast), and his ability to facilitate on-the-ground feedback from strategists in industry (I am part of his OUTTHINKER network) is truly exemplary. I gain meaningful, novel insights in each of my interactions with Kaihan, and the forums he leads -- these have been pivotal in shaping work I do and initiatives I spearhead as Chief Strategy Officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. Finally, Kaihan's style is equally extraordinary -- he is exceptionally sincere, humble and inviting of others' perspectives and creates an inspiring and engaging forum for others. Having had the pleasure of working with many brilliant minds in the past both as a partner at Oliver Wyman, and at Harvard Business School, I can say unreservedly that Kaihan is 'tops' in my book."
Kaihan Krippendorff's 2023 biography
Kaihan Krippendorff’s background
Kaihan Krippendorff has made a commitment to helping organizations and individuals thrive in today’s era of fast-paced disruptive technological change.
He began his career with McKinsey & Company before founding the growth strategy and innovation consulting firm Outthinker. His growth strategies and innovations have generated over $2.5B in revenue for many of the world’s most recognizable companies including BNY Mellon, Citibank, L’Oréal, Microsoft, and Viacom. He is a best-selling author of five books, most recently the Edison Award nominated, Driving Innovation From Within: A Guide for Internal Entrepreneurs.
Kaihan has been recognized by Thinkers50 as one of the top thinkers in the world to look out for and as one of the 8 most influential innovation thought leaders in the world. Kaihan was also ranked the Thinkers360 as the #1 Global Innovation Thought Leader and the Thinkers360 #1 Global Business Strategy Thought Leader in 2019.
Kaihan founded the Outthinker Strategy Network, an exclusive network of Chief Strategy Officers from large organizations with over $1B in revenue. A trusted advisor to these Fortune 500 Strategy Executives, Kaihan is known for facilitating powerful conversations that create strategic clarity and yield actionable and impactful ideas for this diverse cross-industry group.
Amidst his dizzying schedule of keynote speeches, consulting projects, ongoing research and writing, Kaihan still finds time to host the Outthinkers Podcast and teach at business schools throughout the US and internationally (including NYU, FIU, and Wharton Executive Education). A regular contributor to Fast Company and other major business media outlets, Kaihan is an advisory board member for high growth startups in the spaces of IoT-human-machine collaboration, blockchain-powered transportation, international food processing/exporting, and sustainability focused products and lifestyle B-Corporations.
He holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering, Wharton, Columbia, and London Business Schools and a doctorate in strategy. With a mother from Bangladesh and a father from Germany, Kaihan brings a holistic, diverse, and global perspective to everything he does. His work has brought him to 58 countries all over the world. 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.
Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus has said, “Kaihan shows that with a compelling idea anyone can change the world” and that message has made Kaihan one of the most sought-after speakers on the topics of business strategy, growth and innovation.
Articles and podcasts
Kaihan Krippendorff's 2023 talks & topics
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 themselves 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 options 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 the 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
Driving Innovation From Within: A Guide for Employees and Organizational Leaders
“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 will share exclusive insights from his next book, Driving Innovation From Within: A Guide for Internal Entrepreneurs (Columbia University Press, 2019). Kaihan will unveil the most critical internal focus areas for driving innovation and moving your organization forward into the future. He will share specific tools, frameworks and techniques used by successful innovators to manage and unlock the value of employees’ ideas to increase corporate innovation levels and deliver bottom-line results. Audience members will have actionable next steps to transform their organization by testing and scaling fresh ideas that generate value and growth. They will leave feeling inspired and empowered, ready to take on the future.
In this inspiring keynote you will learn:
- The IN-OVATE Framework: seven barriers of internal innovation and how to overcome them
- The six characteristics of Internal Innovators
- Steps to building an agile innovation team
- How to shift your organizational mindset and culture
- What it takes to lead an innovative organization and drive transformation
- How to build a wave of internal 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 and Driving Growth 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 (as well as your own) 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. Learnings from this session include:
- The “8Ps” strategic innovation framework: systematically uncover new avenues for growth, innovation, and transformation
- Product/service mix
- Promotion/client acquisition
- Physical experience
- 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.
- Empower and inspire your employees so that they are ready to take action to develop, test and scale innovative growth ideas
- 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.
Winning the Future of Finance
The financial services industry – from banking to payments to insurance – is undergoing a rapid and historic transformation. The shifting regulatory landscape, changing consumer/investor behavior, an endless stream of agile newcomers armed with disruptive fintech tools, and platforms powered by Blockchain and AI are mounting an attack on incumbent institutions and business models. Kaihan Krippendorff works with many of the world’s leading financial institutions, helping them make sense of this uncertain future – understanding key future trends and technologies, designing fresh strategies and agile teams ready to face disruption head on so their organization can be ready to transform, compete, and win the future of finance. A successful entrepreneur, author, consultant and CEO that has created more than $2.5B in revenue for clients, Kaihan uses first-hand experience and actionable insights to present a compelling vision of the future world of financial services, arming the audience with a framework and tools that they can use to succeed in the tech-driven digital economy of the 21st century.
You will learn:
- The key trends shaping the financial services industry – Blockchain, AI, regulatory environment, unbundling/bundling, millennial investors, fintech, financial inclusion and beyond
- What financial services will look like in the near and distant future
- Five key strategies today’s most successful firms are adopting to adapt to, and lead, tomorrow
- How to transform into a more agile, inspiring, disruptive competitor, built for success in the digital economy
- Tools and a process for developing concrete ideas and strategic approaches that could disrupt the industry
The Purpose Path: Building a Mission-Oriented Strategy that Harnesses the Power of CSR and Doing Good
Historically, we were taught corporations existed for one purpose: to maximize shareholder value. But companies are waking up to the realization that such a focus destroys shareholder value over the long term because it creates resistance to your growth.
Successful entrepreneur, author, consultant and CEO Kaihan Krippendorff draws on years of proprietary research to show that today’s most successful companies more often speak of the strategic power of appealing to all stakeholders. If you design a strategy that benefits shareholders by also benefiting employees, the community, the country, and the environment, you have designed the ultimate strategy. When everyone wants you to win, you remove all competition. This idea goes beyond social responsibility. It points us toward removing the idea that doing good and making profit are inconsistent. You do not have to choose.
By pulling together inspiring stories from organizations ranging from lesser-known jewels like Best Doctors, BrightFarms, and Holstee to leading socially directed corporations like IKEA, Mastercard, and Target, Kaihan will inspire and motivate the audience to rethink their role and how they interact with stakeholders, not just shareholders. The audience will learn:
- The three primary goals of a “be good” socially minded strategy
- Simple yet effective tools and frameworks to apply and create your own “Do Good” strategy that complements your current organizational strengths and strategy
- The next evolution of corporate social responsibility and how to embrace the shift toward a future where CSR is the norm
- How to empower and inspire employees so that they’re ready to take action to develop ideas, strategies, products, and programs that everyone benefits from
Kaihan Krippendorff's 2023 speaking fees
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