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A strategist, author and innovation expert, Kaihan Krippendorff teaches executives, managers and business owners how to seize opportunities others ignore, unlock innovation, and build strategic thinking skills. Companies such as Microsoft, Citigroup, and Johnson & Johnson have successfully implemented Kaihan’s approach because their executive leadership sees the value of his innovative technique.
A former consultant with McKinsey & Co., Kaihan has spent more than a decade studying corporate conflict. He is the author of three business strategy books – “The Way of Innovation,” “The Art of the Advantage,” and “Hide a Dagger Behind a Smile.” Each text delves into the keys to true competitiveness and
Kaihan identifies mental patterns applied by great military strategists – from Sun Tzu to John Boyd – and applies those strategies to modern breakthrough companies, such as Apple, Whole Foods, and Rosetta Stone. His approach teaches a systematic way to reveal strategic alternatives others ignore. By combining multiple patterns, companies can create disruptive strategies that trigger breakthrough performance.
An expert blogger with FastCompany.com, Kaihan has also been featured in key business media outlets, including BusinessWeek, The Miami‐Herald, Harvard Business Review, National Public Radio, and Bloomberg Radio.
Kaihan works regularly with ambitious large and medium‐sized corporations including Wal‐Mart, L’Oreal and Morgan Stanley. He has delivered keynote speeches for organizations such as Motorola, Schering‐Plough, Colgate‐Palmolive, Fortune Magazine, Harvard Business Review, the Society of Human Resource Managers, the Entrepreneurs Organization, and The Asia Society. He also regularly conducts programs as a faculty member of Wharton Executive Education, and he is a professor of entrepreneurship and strategy at Florida International University.
Beyond his research into Eastern military tactics and his own entrepreneurial success, Kaihan has master’s degrees in business administration from Columbia Business School and London Business School, a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Engineering. Kaihan is fluent in English with conversational command of Spanish and German.
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Strategy Learning Center
Kaihan Krippendorff presents his proven approach to developing innovative strategies in half-day and one-day workshops designed for executives, managers and business owners. This program will teach attendees how to create a playbook of calculated approaches to help them confront strategic challenges and drive
growth. Companies such as Microsoft, Citigroup, and Johnson & Johnson have successfully implemented Kaihan’s methodology because their executive leadership sees the value of his innovative technique. This approach teaches a systematic way to reveal strategic alternatives others ignore. By identifying multiple patterns and strategies, companies can create disruptive tactics that trigger breakthrough performance. This session will cover: •The role of pattern recognition in business innovation. •Application of the five strategic patterns that reveal unorthodox solutions. •Developing the skills needed to design a successful company playbook. •Reaching strategic clarity with a list of options offering the greatest potential for solving challenges. •The role of strategic narratives in developing company strategy. Kaihan’s program is different than traditional lectures and achieves the above objectives by engaging the audience in an energizing, problem-solving clinic. By applying this approach, Kaihan teaches executives how to identify their true goals, create potential solutions, and clarify a focused set of priorities. Workshop attendees will be able to tackle real-world challenges with a set of solutions that haven’t before been considered while also focusing on driving profitable growth. During this hands-on workshop, participants will come to understand why adding “pattern recognition” to traditional strategic approaches is critical for resolving business challenges. Kaihan teaches participants five key strategies that have been proven to drive growth, and attendees will leave with a set of tools to help them consistently identify and seize opportunities others overlook. Attendees will walk through five phases of strategic innovation, known as IDEAS: 1.Idealize: define an ideal future state of the system 2.Diagnose: identify the key issues that must be addressed to achieve this ideal state 3.Explore: brainstorm creative strategies for addressing the issues identified 4.Assess and analyze: evaluate potential strategies to isolate those with the highest potential and then test their value with fact-based analysis 5.Story: wrap the resulting solution into a story that wins the interest and support of the key stakeholders needed to bring the idea to fruition
The Outthinker profiles successful business thinkers who illustrate that size and resources are no match when faced with innovation. Based on original interviews with innovative executives, Kaihan Krippendorff hopes to enlighten readers with real-world examples of successful strategies.
The Way Of Innovation
The key to gaining a competitive advantage is to find a “winning move” to which a competitor will not respond. History’s greatest military strategists – from Sun Tzu to John Boyd – shared an ability to shift their perspective and see winning moves that their adversaries overlooked. Similarly, the companies
that have created the greatest value in the last decade – from Wal‐Mart to Dell – made creative strategic moves that competitors viewed as illogical. In The Way Of Innovation, Krippendorff explains the five phases of developing an innovation in detail. The core of this framework is a model of the five phases of change, cast metaphorically in elemental terms as Metal (discontent), Water (imagination), Wood (formation, development); Fire (breakout, rapid growth), and Earth (consolidation, protection). Krippendorff also draws on other Eastern concepts such as dualism (material vs immaterial/conceptual realities, creation-destruction), Sun Tzu's models for framing conflict situations, and the strategic patterns he assembled for responding effectively. The next section of the book reviews the five phases briefly, and then provides a set of guidelines, exercises, and templates for applying the framework to the reader's organization. Given the abstract nature of the framework, this rehearsal serves to reinforce the structure of the framework. The final section of the book presents eight case studies of innovative businesses, highlighting how those organizations dealt with each of the five phases of Krippendorff's framework.
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) announced it will be acquired by Thomas
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