Kaihan Krippendorff

The Hidden Secret to Scaling Success: Buy Low and Sell High with Customer Lifetime Value

If there is any law in business that would be Newtonian, fundamental, or the first building block of all knowledge, it would be this: You buy low and sell high. Empires were built on this principle. Thousands of years ago, traders and merchants made their living off it. Whether oil or fine china, wine or …

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Five Ways to Measure Organizational Culture

As Peter Drucker famously observed, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” An organization may develop an airtight strategy on paper, one that is consistent with what the company says it values and with the initiatives everyone agrees are most important. But when it comes down to it, strategy is lived and breathed through culture. Chief strategy …

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Robots, Rockets, and Innovators: The Advantages of Intelligent Failure

I’m in Huntsville, Alabama, on day three of my son’s robotics competition for high school students. The city is buzzing with young engineers, some dressed in Star Wars costumes, others with matching green striped ties knotted around their foreheads. It’s a beautiful celebration of nerdiness. In each match of the competition, run by First Robotics, …

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Unlock Strategic Agility: Insights From Outthinker Networks Summit On AI, Long-Term Thinking, And Talent

Senior leaders today navigate a world of constant disruption. They need to guide their organizations toward a thriving future, yet they are bombarded with short-term pressures and an ever-changing landscape. Sound familiar? This week’s post is for you – the strategic mind, juggling long-term vision with the business imperative to achieve immediate results. We delve …

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Mardi Gras Spirit: Insights for Innovation Leaders

Enter the vibrant streets of New Orleans during Mardi Gras, and you’re immediately enveloped in a kaleidoscope of celebration, play, and free-spirited creativity. Colorful floats, extravagant costumes, and joyous crowds surround you. It’s a spectacle that captivates people from all walks of life, transcending age and social barriers. Last week, I was fortunate to visit …

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The Underappreciated Strategic Implications of Digital Products

We have heard the prognostications, repeatedly, that digital products and services are “changing everything.” What started with music has been echoing across industries, upending incumbents and carving new pathways past middlemen to end users. But there is a more profound, and yet underappreciated, strategic dynamic underway. You can hear its faint undertones here and there, …

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The Outthinker’s Guide to 2024: 10 Trends Shaping Corporate Strategy and Innovation

Throughout the year, Outthinker Networks convenes with our members – all heads of strategy, innovation, and transformation at leading organizations – and thought leaders to stay on top of the trends and topics most likely to impact their companies. During group roundtables, peer coaching sessions, and one-on-one conversations, we are privy to the strategic challenges …

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