Kaihan Krippendorff


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  • Talks about the Outthinker Process, a set 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.
  • Teaches audiences how to tap into the resources they already have to produce breakthrough market-disrupting solutions, without disrupting their own businesses
  • Thinkers50 recognized Kaihan as one of the 8 most influential innovation thought leaders in the world. Bestselling author of five books, most recently the Edison Award nominated,  Driving Innovation From Within: A Guide for Internal Entrepreneurs
  • Past clients include: AIG, Cisco, Google, Kraft, Sotheby’s, United Technologies, the YPO

About Kaihan Krippendorff - Futurist, Strategy and Innovation Expert & Founder of Outthinker:

Kaihan Krippendorff is the CEO of Outthinker Networks, a global think-tank of chief strategy and innovation executives shaping the future of business. A sought-after keynote speaker, Kaihan is recognized by Global Gurus and Thinkers50 as one of the top 30 global thinkers in strategy and innovation. His work helps organizations generate breakthrough ideas that drive transformation and growth in our accelerated world of change.

Leveraging skills and experience from McKinsey and Company with rigorous research of emerging trends, Kaihan designs practical business tools that he delivers through engaging and hands-on experiences. He is an innovation catalyst to business leaders and CXOs of some of the world’s most admired companies. To date, his work has generated over $2.5B in new annual revenue for clients that include Aetna-CVS, JP Morgan, Lockheed Martin, Procter & Gamble, IBM, and Yahoo.

A prolific writer, Kaihan has published five books including the bestsellers Outthink the Competition and Driving Innovation from Within. Amidst a dizzying schedule of keynotes, workshops, ongoing research, and writing, Kaihan still finds time to teach for Wharton Executive Education, Florida International University, and New York University; host the Outthinkers podcast; and play an active role on two corporate advisory boards.

He holds a doctorate in strategy and has degrees from the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering, Wharton, Columbia Business School, and London Business School. With a mother from Bangladesh, father from Germany, and wife from Latin America, Kaihan is a global citizen who brings a holistic, diverse, and worldly perspective to everything he does.

He is a passionate cook and lives in Miami, Florida, with his wife, three kids, two cats, and a dog.

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 business speakers in the world.

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What Kaihan Krippendorff Talks About:

Outthink the Competition: A proven framework for designing breakthrough growth strategies
We live in an accelerated age of technology, disruption, volatility, and uncertainty. It demands that we lead our teams and organizations in radically new ways. We need to leverage creative problem-solving to innovate and do more with less.

Globally ranked management thinker Kaihan Krippendorff has studied and analyzed the strategies of thousands of companies to uncover how they were able to beat competitors to lead across industries and markets. In this entertaining, interactive, and practical keynote, Kaihan will teach you the creative secrets of companies that outperform. He will guide you through his 4th Option® IDEAS Framework, a learnable and repeatable process for generating strategic breakthrough ideas, innovations, and business models to drive growth and keep you relevant in the future.

Detailed in his best-selling book, Outthink the Competition, Kaihan’s 4th Option® IDEAS Framework and tools have been used in hundreds of companies ranging from high-growth startups to industry-leading public and private global corporations.

Ninety-five percent of leadership teams that have enlisted Kaihan’s guidance through IDEAS report having at least one transformative idea to take action on and to date have generated in excess of $2.5B in new annual recurring revenue.

In this keynote, Kaihan will entertain and engage your audience members with stories and cases customized for your company. They’ll walk away with rigorously researched practical tools they can apply to find their 4th Option®.

The audience will leave with:

  • A proven framework for growth & innovation, the 4th Option IDEAS Process
  • The top five moves of the Outthinker Playbook
  • A simple tool to avoid killing off “crazy” (valuable) ideas and turn them into winning moves
  • A common language and energized mindset that enables and encourages innovation throughout the organization

A program for leaders & teams who want to:

  • In need of delivering faster growth
  • Seeking ways to overcome heavy competition and disruptors
  • Looking for a repeatable process to drive innovation and unleash creative thinking
  • Worried they will not keep up with the pace of change

Driving Innovation from Within: Turn employees into Intrapreneurs and accelerate transformation
In our accelerated world of technology and disruption, the benefits of turning employees into Intrapreneurs are well documented. Companies that treat their people as Intrapreneurs have innovation infused into their DNA. Transformation becomes a toned muscle and capability that can be exercised repeatedly as needed. Best-selling author and globally ranked innovation expert Kaihan Krippendorff’s research shows companies with active Intrapreneur networks are 3X more likely to be in the top quintile of financial performance and enjoy a 2.5X advantage in their ability to recruit and retain top talent.

The IN-OVATE framework provides a specific and practical approach to turn your employees into Intrapreneurs, and build capacity for enterprise-wide transformation and smart innovation.

In this inspiring, timely, and high-impact keynote, Kaihan shows how organizations can unlock the power of Intrapreneurship, and how you, the individual Intrapreneur, can navigate barriers, overcome resistance, and take the initiative to drive transformation across your organization.

The audience will leave with:

  • A framework to identify and overcome the seven blockers of innovation
  • The six characteristics, mindsets, and habits of successful Intrapreneurs
  • Appreciation and understanding of the human side of innovation and how to spread Intrapreneurship across the organization
  • Inspiring and memorable stories to fuel their Intrapreneurial journey

A program for leaders & teams who want to:

  • Motivate people to be more innovative
  • Move from a culture of permission-seeking to a culture of proactivity
  • Transform employees into Intrapreneurs Spark creativity and innovation
  • Gain traction on or accelerate transformation

The 8Ps of Innovation and Design: A proven framework for innovating your business model
When we say “innovation” we almost always mean “product innovation”. We talk about R&D and possible new solutions to fulfill unmet needs. This is a one-dimensional and incomplete approach to innovation. Dissect the highest performing and 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 product innovations.

In this practical, high-impact keynote, globally recognized innovation expert Kaihan Krippendorff will share entertaining and engaging examples from your industry and beyond that breakdown how companies that outperform their competition seek disruptive innovation across eight dimensions known as the “8Ps”. The “8Ps” is a proven framework that enables organizations to move beyond “business as usual” to explore and uncover new competitive advantages, innovations, and business models.

The audience will leave with:

  • A framework to systematically uncover areas for growth, innovation, and advantage
  • Knowledge of how to construct a business model that doesn’t conflict with your core business
  • A list of actionable ideas to grow your business or make it more competitive
  • A feeling of being energized and empowered to innovate, regardless of their title or role

A program for leaders & teams who are:

  • In need of delivering faster growth
  • Seeking ideas to innovate their business model
  • Worried about being commoditized and want to find new sources of differentiation
  • Looking for a repeatable process to drive
  • Innovation and unleash creative thinking

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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.


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