Speaking Topics and Outcomes

Kaihan is a sought after speaker and facilitator in a number of fields, including business strategy, disruptive growth strategy, innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership, and corporate entrepreneurship.

Working with Kaihan is easy and straightforward with no surprises. It can be expected that you will have at least one planning call before the actual event with Kaihan so he can ask questions to really understand your industry, strategy, and vision. He strives to exceed expectations for every speech or workshop he gives. Anyone that has worked with Kaihan will mention the great lengths he will go to in order to customize his talk to your industry and carefully select material that will resonate with the audience and fit your program requirements.


1. 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 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.

Outcomes and learning:

  • How to reactivate your ability to “Outthink”
  • Find a “Fourth Option”: the option beyond the obvious choices that 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
  • Empowered and inspired employees ready to take action to develop, test and scale innovative growth ideas


2. The Employee Innovator: Driving Innovation From Within

“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 and Intrapreneurial Intensity (II) and his next book, The Employee Innovator: Driving Innovation from Within (Columbia University Press, 2019), Kaihan will outline the key barriers to overcome and areas to manage to unlock the value of employees’ ideas and drive innovation inside of their organization. Audience members will leave feeling inspired and empowered with the actionable next steps for testing and scaling ideas that generate value and growth.

INOVATE Framework

  • Intent – Can you activate your employees to have the intent to innovate?
  • Need – Do you understand what the market needs, what the organization needs, and your organization’s strategy?
  • Options – Are you able to create lots of interesting options, ie, do you have the creative capacity to generate ideas for innovation?
  • Value blockers – Are you able to overcome value blockers if the new idea conflicts with your current business model?
  • Act – Can you take action and experiment or prototype your ideas?
  • Team – Can you assemble a cross-functional team that has the right attributes needed to ramp up the innovation up quickly?
  • Environment – Can you manage environmental factors (leadership, culture, structure, and talent)?

Learnings and outcomes:

  • Where to start the innovation process and how to navigate organizational barriers to increase II and deploy new and disruptive ideas that generate value in your company
  • How shift your organizational mindset and culture to challenge the outdated status-quo
  • Understand Intrapreneurial Intensity (II) and its impact on growth rates and shareholder value
  • Increase engagement and empower employees to “be the change” and drive innovation inside of your company


3. 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, 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):

  1. Positioning: how can you own a position your competitors will resist copying?
  2. Product: where can you underperform to outperform somewhere else?
  3. Price: how can you change the basis of pricing?
  4. Place: what new channels will surprise your market?
  5. Promotion: how can you achieve a radically lower customer acquisition cost?
  6. Processes: what small process can produce disruptive transformations?
  7. Physical Experience: how can you innovate what customers see, smell, feel, hear, or taste?
  8. 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


4. Be the Disruptor, Not the Disrupted

We are experiencing a historic acceleration in the pace of change in our world. Artificial intelligence, digitization, robotics, 3D printing, social shifts, the rise of purpose-driven enterprises are reconfiguring 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 take actiona and become a Disruptor.

Learnings and outcomes:

  • 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
  • Empowered and inspired employees ready to take action to develop, test and scale innovative growth ideas


5. Winning the Future of Finance

The financial services industry - from banking to payments to insurance - today is undergoing a rapid, historic transformation. Never before have so many disruptions hit the industry so rapidly, from fin-tech to regulation to consumer/ investor behavior. Kaihan works with many of the world's leading financial institutions, helping them make sense of the future and design strategies to win. In this keynote, Kaihan uses first-hand experience and actionable insights to present a compelling vision of the future world of financial services and leaves the audience with tools and an approach to develop a strategy to succeed in the 21st century.

You will learn:

  • The key macro-trends that will shape the industry, from blockchain to millennial investors to artificial intelligence and beyond
  • The five key strategies today's most successful firms are adopting to adapt to, and lead, tomorrow
  • What financial services will look like in the near and distant future
  • How to evolve into a more agile, inspiring, disruptive competitor, built for 21st Century success
  • Tools and a process for developing concreate ideas for a strategy and approach that could disrupt the industry


6. Disrupting Retail

The retail and apparel industries today are undergoing a rapid, historic transformation. Kaihan works at the cutting edge of the disruption, helping many of the world's leading retail and apparel brands navigate a future being shaped by radically shorter times to market, artificial intelligence, personalization, and broad shifts in consumer behavior. Drawing from the latest industry developments moves from Amazon to QVC and stories of yet-under-appreciated new attackers, In this keynote, Kaihan uses first-hand experience and actionable insights to present a compelling vision of the future world of retail and leaves the audience with tools and an approach to develop a strategy to succeed in the 21st century.

You will learn:

  • The key macro-trends that will shape the apparel and retail industries
  • The five key strategies today's most successful retail and apparel players are adopting to prepare for tomorrow
  • An overview of what retail will look like in the near and distant future
  • How to evolve into a more agile, disruptive competitor, built for 21st Century success
  • Tools and a process for developing concreate ideas for a strategy and approach that could disrupt the industry


7. The Strategic Power of 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 their growth. Based on proprietary research for his forthcoming book, Kaihan shows that today’s most successful companies are the ones that 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 inspirational presentation shows how the 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. Pulling together 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 teach you:

  • The three primary goals of a “be good” strategy
  • The three levels of a socially minded strategy
  • The next evolution of corporate social responsibility
  • How to embrace a do good culture that creates growth and benefits the bottom-line


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With a Bangladeshi mother, German father, and a wife from Latin America, Kaihan embodies a truly global perspective. He speaks two languages at home and has lived and worked on early every continent. He doesn't repeat the usual US stories but draws on cases from around the world.


With 20+ years of experience working across nearly every industry, Kaihan has seen it all. Kaihan can quickly understand your industry and the challenges facing your business – this enables him to convey messages in terms that resonate with the audience.


Kaihan is both an academic and a practitioner, incorporating his continual research into day-to-day business. He distills the complex into easy-to-understand ideas that will give your audience an advantage over the competition.


Kaihan is committed to providing value every step of the way, not just during the time he is on stage. Need help creating marketing content, building event hype, and filling seats? Looking for post-speech tools and worksheets that will jumpstart immediate action? No problem.


Void of boring lists and text-heavy screens, Kaihan’s presentation will take your event to the next level with high-resolution photography and gorgeous visuals.


Your audience will leave with useful tools, frameworks, and actions to apply immediately and get results.


Kaihan masterfully weaves together colorful stories pulled from headlines and boardrooms to entertain the audience and turn key points into unforgettable lessons that attendees will apply every day to their own work.


Working with Kaihan is easy. He is professional and accommodating, and makes no outrageous demands. Kaihan is motivated by your success and not his ego.


No two speeches Kaihan delivers are exactly the same. Kaihan takes time to learn about your organization, audience and goals. His keynotes are relevant and customized to your specific needs, and resonate with the audience.


Kaihan goes beyond what is expected of a speaker, doing whatever it takes to ensure your event is a resounding success. Your audience will be engaged, inspired and armed with practical tools and big ideas.

Kaihan Krippendorff