Kaihan Krippendorf

Entrepreneur, CEO of Outthinker, Author

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. 

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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, The Employee Innovator: Driving Innovation From Within (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 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 BusinessWeekHarvard Business ReviewForbesTime, 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.  

  • Outthink the Competition: excelling in a digital, agile, purpose-driven future
  • Driving Innovation from Within: harness the power of the entrepreneurial mindset, drive growth, jumpstart transformation, and become the organization of the future
  • Innovating beyond the R&D Lab: realizing trapped value across the eight dimensions of innovation
  • Be the Disruptor, Not the Disrupted
  • The Purpose Path: building a mission-oriented organization that harnesses the power of csr and a do-good strategy
  • Winning the Future of Finance
  • Disrupting Retail
  • Unleashing Agile: activate the power of an entrepreneurial mindset to drive growth

"Kaihan shows that with a bold idea, anyone can change the world." Mohammad Yunus Nobel Peace Prize Winner

"Kaihan shows how large organizations, not just startups, can be a place where entrepreneurs innovate, build, and adapt for the future." Reid Hoffman, Co-founder of LinkedIn and Co-author of Blitzscaling

"Essential if you are itching to become more creative and tap into the resources of your company to create something amazing." Daniel H. Pink, Author of When, Drive, and To Sell Is Human

"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. " Ajay Banga, CEO of Mastercard

"Kaihan provides the guide that any business, government, and organizations should use to ignite innovation from the bottom up." Parker Harris, Co-founder of Salesforce

"A fresh new approach of how to succeed in our highly uncertain business climate." Marshall Goldsmith, NY Times Bestselling Author, Thinkers50 - #1 Executive Coach and the only two-time #1 Leadership Thinker in the World

"Refreshing... speaks the truth. Many offer tools that might work. Kaihan offers tools that have been proven to work at the most innovative companies." Liz Wiseman, Author of NY Times bestsellers Multipliers and Rookie Smarts

"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." Tim Crown, Principal, AZ Crown Investments

"Kaihan Krippendorff breaks down the complex into relevant, practical, and actionable insights that engage, entertain, and inspire your audience." Josh Linker,  Five-time Tech Entrepreneur and Hyper-Growth CEO, NY Times Bestselling Author, Top-Choice Keynote Speaker

"Kaihan inspires and empowers people broadly throughout the organization to sustain change and achieve agile and innovative growth." Maeve Coburn, Senior Vice President, Learning for Transformation of L’Oréal

"Stunningly engaging." Amy Edmondson, Professor, Harvard Business School, Author of The Fearless Organization

"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." Dan Leib, CEO, Donnelley Financial Solutions

"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." John Tripoli, President, Managing Directors Association of Northwestern Mutual

"Kaihan’s groundbreaking work on strategy development changes the game for organizations facing an increasingly competitive environment." Shannon Wallis, Global Director, Leadership Programs, Microsoft

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." Mark E. Power, CAE Executive Director, Society for Human Resource Management

"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." Heather Davis, President and Chief Investment Officer, Nuveen Private Investments

 

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