Thinkers360
Interested in getting your own thought leader profile? Get Started Today.

Kaihan Krippendorff

Founder, CEO at Outthinker Strategy Network

New York, United States

3384 Followers

Keynote Speaker, Author, Futurist.

Kaihan Krippendorff is committed to helping organizations and individuals thrive in today’s era of fast-paced disruptive technological change. Kaihan is known for his ability to turn difficult concepts into easy-to-understand ideas that drive meaningful outcomes and actions. He is an internationally recognized thought-leader, battle-tested consultant, and sought-after keynote speaker on the topics of business strategy, growth, transformation and innovation.

Kaihan began his career as a strategy consultant with McKinsey & Company before founding the growth strategy and innovation consulting firm Outthinker. Growth strategies and innovations created through Outthinker have energized countless organizations, teams, and individuals all while generating over $2.5B in revenue for many of the world’s most recognizable Fortune 500 companies.

An accomplished author, Kaihan has written four books on business strategy, growth, and transformation, most recently Outthink the Competition (John Wiley & Sons). For his forthcoming book, Driving Innovation From Within: A Guide for Internal Entrepreneurs (Columbia University Press, 2019), Kaihan deeply researched and interviewed more than 150 internal innovators and leaders in nearly every conceivable industry.

Kaihan is a member of the prestigious Thinkers50 Class of 2019 Radar group – a “dream team of researchers, advisers, entrepreneurs, and organizational leaders” to follow and hear from in 2019. He is also one of eight people under consideration for the Thinkers50 2019 Distinguished Achievement Award in the category of Innovation – awarded to the person in the world that has contributed the most to our understanding of innovation in the past two years.

Kaihan founded The Outthinker Strategy Network – an invitation-only group of high-level strategists and innovators for large $1B+ organizations. Quarterly roundtables are a unique opportunity for senior executives to take part in an intimate, candid, and forward-looking conversation with a network of peer professionals and the world’s most sought-after disruptive thinkers.

Regularly featured in key business media outlets, including BusinessWeek, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Time, Fox Business, Fast Company, PBS, and Bloomberg Radio – Kaihan is an advisory board member for a blockchain-powered transportation platform, an international food processing/exporting company, and a B-corporation focused on sustainable products and lifestyle.

Available For: Authoring, Consulting, Influencing, Speaking
Travels From: Greenwich, CT
Speaking Topics: Strategy, Innovation, Growth and Transformation

Kaihan KrippendorffPoints
Academic105
Author262
Influencer34
Speaker116
Entrepreneur180
Total697

Points based upon Thinkers360 patent-pending algorithm.

Thought Leader Profile

Portfolio Mix

Company Information

Company Type: Company
Email: kaihan@outthinker.com

Areas of Expertise

Agile
AI
Big Data
Blockchain 40.75
Business Strategy 100
Culture 30.10
Customer Experience
Design Thinking 37.95
Digital Disruption 37.16
Digital Transformation 54.55
Emerging Technology 36.53
Entrepreneurship 74.38
Fintech 31.36
Future of Work 36.08
Innovation 94.46
InsurTech
IoT
Leadership 42.17
Lean Startup
Management 38.30
Marketing
Open Innovation
Retail
Sales
Social
Supply Chain
Sustainability 30.58
Startups 44.89
Cryptocurrency 30.78
Climate Change 31.40

Industry Experience

Publications

2 Academic Awards
Thinkers50 Distinguished Achievement Award for Innovation Nominee
Thinkers50
July 15, 2019
Shortlisted for the Thinkers50 2019 distinguished achievement award in the “INNOVATION” category for work on growth and transformation through employee-driven innovation and entrepreneurship. The shortlist is comprised of the “Top 8 Innovation Experts in the World”, and the T50 Innovation award (which will be awarded this November at the Thinkers50 2019 Awards Gala in London) recognizes the thinker who has contributed the most to the understanding of innovation in every sphere over the past two years.

See publication

Tags: Digital Transformation, Innovation, Leadership

Thinkers50 Radar 2019
Thinkers50
January 01, 2019
Among top 30 thinkers in the world to follow and hear from this coming year. The radar group has been described as a “dream team of researchers, advisers, entrepreneurs, and organizational leaders” that will “intrigue, inspire, and guide” people and organizations with their ideas.

See publication

Tags: Business Strategy, Digital Transformation, Innovation

1 Academic Fellow / Scholar
Founding Fellow of Center for Leadership
Florida International University Business News
July 01, 2012

See publication

Tags: Digital Transformation, Innovation, Leadership

1 Adjunct Professor
Parsons School of Design
Parsons School of Design
February 01, 2010
Taught course on Strategic Design.

See publication

Tags: Business Strategy, Design Thinking, Leadership

1 Advisory Board Membership
Coplex
Coplex
October 01, 2019

See publication

Tags: Digital Disruption, Innovation, Startups

12 Article/Blogs
We Get Innovation Wrong Because We Measure the Wrong Thing
Outthinker
September 02, 2019
What you measure matters. Consider a bridge built in Laufenburg, a town that straddles Germany and Switzerland. As the two halves of the bridge being built came together, it became (embarrassingly) clear that they would not align because they were at different heights.

See publication

Tags: Digital Disruption, Innovation, Leadership

The Future of Netflix: Why Critics Were Looking in the Wrong Places
linkedin
July 30, 2019
Netflix made headlines recently for their unexpected decline in new subscription growth and drop in subscriptions in the US, which pushed their stock price down. Critics are asking if Netflix’s business model is relevant in the changing competitive environment, when Disney and other content owners have started pulling back their content from streaming services like Netflix in order to build their own.

See publication

Tags: Digital Transformation, Business Strategy

WHEN FOSBURY FLOPPED: THREE LESSONS FOR DISRUPTORS
Kaihan.net
July 16, 2019
In 1968, Olympic fans and athletes watched in bemusement as a college sophomore jumped over the high bar backward. Until that day, every gold medal winner, indeed every Olympic athlete, who had competed in the high bar had gone over forward. Dick Fosbury literally turned his back on that tradition … won the Olympics …

See publication

Tags: Digital Transformation, Innovation, Business Strategy

SEVEN WAYS TO SQUELCH INNOVATION
Kaihan.net
June 18, 2019
Sometimes they don’t know it themselves. When they do, they hide it. But they are out there. Executives, managers, and business owners who want to stem innovation. If you no longer want your organization to try new approaches, if you believe that the best path to growth is to keep doing what has been working for years, this guide is for you.

See publication

Tags: Innovation, Business Strategy

STRATEGY AS PLAY: LESSONS FROM URBAN OUTFITTERS
Kaihan.net
June 05, 2019
The word “strategy” too often brings to mind images of uptight executives in boardrooms, with heavy binders and spreadsheets, debating critical choices. Experts will tell you strategy is “a plan of action designed to achieve a major or overall aim.” Strategy is a science, and it’s serious.

See publication

Tags: Management, Business Strategy

THE FORTRESS AND THE SHIP: HOW TO MANAGE YOUR CORE BUSINESS WHILE SEEKING NEW INNOVATION
Kaihan.net
May 23, 2019
In a glass-walled boardroom overlooking the Hudson River wrapping around downtown Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty in the distance, our guest lecturer flicked on one of the strangest slides I’ve seen. Juxtaposed against a sleek, modern room were two medieval paintings. One of a fortress. The other of a ship.

This was one of our Outthinker Strategy Network Roundtables. Fifteen heads of strategy of Fortune 500 companies were discussing the challenges and methods for managing innovation with Kellogg professor Rob Wolcott. What Wolcott said next had all our CSOs scribbling notes.

See publication

Tags: Innovation, Management, Business Strategy

WHAT TO IGNORE ON “MOST INNOVATIVE COMPANIES” LISTS
Kaihan.net
April 09, 2019
The folks at Fast Company and Forbes this month released their annual “most innovative companies” lists. Like many of us, I look forward to these lists every year. By championing those companies bold enough to challenge the status quo, they inspire all of us to do something different. By sifting from masses of companies the few that we should admire and emulate, they bring clarity to our innovation efforts.

See publication

Tags: Innovation, Culture, Entrepreneurship, Business Strategy

Top 10 Trends your Chief Strategy Officer Should Be Thinking About in 2019
Kaihan Krippendorff
March 04, 2019
The future matters. Just ask anyone, or any organization, who thinks they don’t have one. All of your greatness today – your people, products, partnerships, brands, operations, capabilities, culture, customers – will not matter for long unless they are working together, as part of a strategy,

See publication

Tags: Digital Transformation, Innovation, Business Strategy

Moving Beyond Your Hierarchy
Kaihan Krippendorff
February 26, 2019
For years I’ve sat on the opposing side of hierarchy. That rigid concept in which orders are barked down from above and complied to from below has robbed our corporations, governments, and social institutions of freedom. Many of the management thought-leaders we, at Outthinker, admire argue the sa

See publication

Tags: Digital Transformation, Innovation, Management

Thinkers50 Radar List: How Thinkers Foresee the Future
Kaihan Krippendorff
January 23, 2019
Last week, I was accepted on the Thinkers50 Radar list, composed of 30 management thinkers to watch in 2019. How I made the list, I am not quite sure. The entrepreneurs, researchers, advisers, and organizational leaders included in this list constitute a humbling collection of minds. But upon hearin

See publication

Tags: Digital Transformation, Innovation, Future of Work

Lessons from Netflix: How to Systematically Unlock Internal Innovation
Kaihan Krippendorff
January 17, 2019
Do your people go into the kitchen … or do they go home? When Kat Cole, a waiter at a local Hooters, learned there were not enough cooks that day to serve food, she watched as other waiters hung up their aprons. No food to cook means no food to serve, they figured. But Kat
The post Lessons from Ne

See publication

Tags: Digital Transformation, Innovation, Future of Work

Blockchain ≠ Bitcoin
Kaihan Krippendorff
December 11, 2018
When many hear the word Blockchain, they think immediately of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. This is an unfortunate mistake. You can classify types of Blockchains across two dimensions: Permissionless v. Permissioned: “Permissionless” Blockchains allow people to act anonymously (you do not

See publication

Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Future of Work

2 Board Memberships
BasicBlock
Basicblock
September 01, 2018
Blockchain-powered supply chain and logistics technology company.

See publication

Tags: Blockchain, Emerging Technology, Startups

International Fresh Foods Processor, Importer, Exporter
MIC Foods
July 01, 2017

See publication

Tags: Business Strategy, Digital Transformation, Leadership

5 Books
Driving Innovation From Within
Kaihan.net
August 01, 2019
Driving innovation from inside of an organization has become the central determinant of organizational success today. Employees are the number one source of innovative growth options and the only remaining source of sustainable competitive advantage. Arming them with the skills and tools necessary to innovate on a continual basis is of paramount importance to any organization with aspirations to remain relevant in the future.

See publication

Tags: Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Business Strategy

The Way of Innovation
Kaihan.net
July 01, 2018
Inside The Way of Innovation, corporate strategist Kaihan Krippendorff explains how you can adapt and thrive by recognizing, understanding, and utilizing the ancient Asian approach to innovation. He illustrates how companies like Microsoft and Nokia use this powerful wisdom, and how you too can pass through the five stages of innovation:

Metal (Admit you are stuck)
Water (Conceive new winning options)
Wood (Assemble your resources)
Fire (Break out your innovation)
Earth (Make it sustainable)
With this book, you have the ancient strategies you need to lead the way to a more productive – and profitable – future.

See publication

Tags: Digital Transformation, Innovation, Business Strategy

Hide a Dagger Behind a Smile
Kaihan.net
February 01, 2018
Today’s global economy is a battleground. To survive and thrive, you’ll need every weapon you can get. Microsoft, Sony, and Starbucks use business practices based on the ancient Chinese military text The Thirty-Six Stratagems – now you can, too.

Business is warfare. Western business has been inculcated in the belief that business is about win/win solutions. However, in today's global marketplace there isn't fairness - there are winners and losers. Today's competitive terrain calls for new tactics as well as an understanding of how your opponents approach the world.Using ancient Eastern philosophy and military tactics from "The 36 Stratagems", "Hide a Dagger Behind a Smile" shows how to create unpredictable corporate strategies.

See publication

Tags: Innovation, Future of Work, Business Strategy

The Art of the Advantage
Kaihan.net
June 01, 2017
Contrary to commonly held beliefs, strength and resources play minor roles in a company s ability to beat the competition. Instead, the ability to conceive of unorthodox strategies that the competition will choose not to copy is the key to gaining a competitive edge. In "The Art of the Advantage," former McKinsey & Co consultant Kaihan Krippendorff captures a decade of study into corporate conflict. He shows that the fundamental patterns that successful companies have used to outmaneuver their rivals are rooted in a set of ancient Chinese warfare metaphors known as "The 36 Stratagems." "The Art of the Advantage" marries these ancient principles with modern application through graphical depictions, ancient examples, and modern case studies. More than a traditional business book, "The Art of the Advantage" is a manual for systematically outthinking the competition.

See publication

Tags: Innovation, Management, Business Strategy

Outthink the Competition
Kaihan.net
December 20, 2011
A “Fast Company” blogger and former McKinsey consultant profiles the next generation business strategists: the “Outthinkers.”

“Outthinkers” are entrepreneurs and corporate leaders with a new playbook. They see opportunities others ignore, challenge dogma others accept as truth, rally resources others cannot influence, and unleash new strategies that disrupt their markets. “Outthink the Competition” proves that business competition is undergoing a fundamental paradigm shift and that during such revolutions, outthinkers beat traditionalists.

See publication

Tags: Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Business Strategy

2 Founders
Outthinker Strategy Network
Outthinker Strategy Network
January 01, 2016
Outthinker Strategy Network creates a unique opportunity for senior strategy executives to take part in intimate, candid, and forward-looking conversations with a curated network of peer professionals and the world's most sought after disruptive thinkers. Members get exclusive access to a global peer group of strategy executives and world-class thought-leaders. Once they join, members start engaging in curated learning through conversations with peers and thought-leaders on topics they choose. Ultimately, they walk away with actionable concepts and ideas that have the potential to transform their careers and organizations.

Membership is by invitation only and restricted to SVP, EVP, President, and C-level strategy executives at companies with $1B+ in revenue. To apply, visit https://www.outthinkerroundtables.com/

See publication

Tags: Business Strategy, Digital Transformation, Innovation

Outthinker
Outthinker
October 01, 2003
Outthinker is a growth strategy consulting firm that prepares businesses for an agile, digital, purpose-driven world. Our proprietary process consistently accelerates growth by 100-120%. We serve ambitious, growth and impact-focused firms across the retail, financial, industrial, business services, and technology sectors as well as leading corporations including Aetna, BNY Mellon, Johnson & Johnson, L'Oreal, TIAA, Qurate (QVC), and United Technologies. We deliver through a network of business coaches and partner consulting firms.

See publication

Tags: Business Strategy, Digital Transformation, Innovation

17 Keynotes
#1 Keynote Speaker Kaihan Krippendorff Highlights Reel - Strategy, Growth, Transformation
youtube
January 01, 2021
Kaihan is one of the most sought-after keynote speakers on the topics of business, strategy, and innovation. Kaihan is passionate about helping companies that recognize the need to move away from traditional linear models to embrace agile, digital strategies for the accelerating world. Kaihan is approachable and easy to work with to customizes speeches that blend industry specific information and challenges with his real-world experience and credibility. This guarantees an energizing performance that not only inspires, but moves an audience to action.

See publication

Tags: Digital Disruption, Innovation, Business Strategy

4th Option Strategy - Story of URBN Outfitters, Kaihan Krippendorff
youtube
January 01, 2021
Excerpt from a keynote in which Kaihan Krippendorff shares the story of Urban Outfitters and how they pieced together innovative fourth options and strategies to grow faster and outperform their competitors.

Kaihan is one of the most sought-after keynote speakers on the topics of business, strategy, and innovation. Kaihan is passionate about helping companies that recognize the need to move away from traditional linear models to embrace agile, digital strategies for the accelerating world. Kaihan is approachable and easy to work with to customizes speeches that blend industry-specific information and challenges with his real-world experience and credibility. This guarantees an energizing performance that not only inspires but moves an audience to action.

See publication

Tags: Innovation, Business Strategy

TEDx Finding the Fourth Option, Kaihan Krippendorff
youtube
January 01, 2021
Innovators from Richard Branson to Mahatma Gandhi share the practice of seeking “fourth options” where others have accepted three. They do it through stories, a.k.a. “strategic narratives”. Kaihan will shares the five strategic narratives shaping our world today.

Kaihan Krippendorff is the CEO of Outthinker LLC (www.outthinker.com), a former McKinsey consultant and author of four business strategy books (most recently Outthink the Competition). He writes one of the most popular blogs on Fastcompany.com and is the founder of the Outthinker Network, a global community of creative innovators.

See publication

Tags: Digital Disruption, Innovation, Business Strategy

Tackling Disruption with the resources you have – story of Dick Fosbury, Kaihan Krippendorff
youtube
January 01, 2021
Through the story of Dick Fosbury jumping over the high-bar backward, keynote speaker Kaihan Krippendorff illustrates the concept of disruption and innovation using the resources at your disposal

See publication

Tags: Digital Transformation, Innovation, Business Strategy

TEDxColumbia University – Driving Innovation From Within, Kaihan Krippendorff
youtube
January 01, 2021
“Employees are the number one source of innovative growth options and the only remaining source of true competitive advantage. Arming them with the skills and tools necessary to innovate on a continual basis is of paramount importance to organizational survival.”

– Kaihan Krippendorff

See publication

Tags: Innovation, Leadership, Business Strategy

Keynote for United Technologies
United Technologies
September 11, 2019

See publication

Tags: Digital Disruption, Innovation, Business Strategy

CoBank Keynote
CoBank
August 22, 2019

See publication

Tags: Digital Disruption, Innovation, Business Strategy

Executive Symposium
Executive Symposium Thought Leaders
June 06, 2018

See publication

Tags: Business Strategy, Innovation, Leadership

Wharton Security Industries Institute Keynote and Workshop
SIFMA
March 05, 2018

See publication

Tags: Digital Transformation, Innovation, Leadership

Women's Leadership Program FIU
FIU
February 01, 2018

See publication

Tags: Business Strategy, Digital Disruption, Innovation

American Chemical Society Keynote
American Chemical Society
January 11, 2018

See publication

Tags: Business Strategy, Digital Disruption, Innovation

Keynote Donnelly Financial Solutions
Donnelley Financial Solutions
September 27, 2017

See publication

Tags: Business Strategy, Digital Transformation, Innovation

Keynote for National Association of Insurance Commissioners
NAIC
May 15, 2017

See publication

Tags: Business Strategy, Digital Transformation, Innovation

PCMA Business School – Designing for Disruption
PCMA
May 16, 2016
Kaihan being interviewed after his keynote at PCMA.

See publication

Tags: Digital Disruption, Innovation, Business Strategy

IMEX Frankfurt
IMEX
April 20, 2016
5000+ attendees from 150 countries at IMEX global conference.

See publication

Tags: Digital Transformation, Innovation, Leadership

Keynote for Leadership Summit
McDonalds Corporation
September 15, 2015
McDonalds Annual Leadership Summit 2015

See publication

Tags: Business Strategy, Digital Transformation, Innovation

Google Growth Faculty Keynote
Google
May 01, 2012
Kaihan Keynote to Google Growth Summit Australia

See publication

Tags: Business Strategy, Innovation, Leadership

1 Panel
Moderator of United Nations and Entrepreneurs' Organization Summit to Address the SDGs
United Nations
June 26, 2019
The Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) has announced its pledge to support the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that include 17 goals and 169 targets to wipe out poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change by 2030. EO's pledge to support the SDGs further bolsters its commitment to social entrepreneurship and provides opportunities to impact the world among its global community of entrepreneurs. This pledge was announced at a commemorative event held at the UN General Assembly's main plaza during the 72nd session of the General Assembly.

See publication

Tags: Sustainability, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Climate Change

1 Professor
Participating Faculty, Entrepreneurship, Strategy, and Innovation
Florida International University
July 01, 2003

See publication

Tags: Business Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Innovation

3 Speaker Awards
Top Trending Innovation Speaker
The Sweeney Agency
July 31, 2019
July 2019

See publication

Tags: Digital Transformation, Innovation, Business Strategy

Top Trending Innovation Speaker
The Sweeney Agency
March 01, 2019
February 2019

See publication

Tags: Digital Disruption, Digital Transformation, Innovation

Top 10 Speakers on Innovation
The Sweeney Agency
January 01, 2019

See publication

Tags: Digital Disruption, Digital Transformation, Innovation

1 Visiting Lecturer
Wharton Executive Education
Wharton Executive Education
March 01, 2006
2006-present

Deliver lectures on strategy and innovation for high-potential groups and leadership teams from Fortune 500 companies. Support research on growth strategy and innovation. Regular lecturer for various industry-specific education programs including the Securities Industry Institute.

See publication

Tags: Innovation, Fintech, Business Strategy

Blog

Opportunities

Contact Kaihan Krippendorff

Media Kit

Share Profile

Contact Info

  Profile

Kaihan Krippendorff


Latest Tweets