Internal Innovators – An Interview with Kaihan Krippendorff

Kaihan Krippendorff

Conventional business wisdom tells us that entrepreneurs are society’s main source of innovation. Young founders leave college with a big idea, get to work in a garage, and build something that changes the world. Typical corporate employees, strangled by slow-moving bureaucracy, are blocked from making transformative discoveries.

In this podcast, strategist and advisor Kaihan Krippendorff, will share insights from his latest book, Driving Innovation from Within, seeks to disprove one of today’s biggest business myths to highlight lessons for innovators and leaders. He reveals how many of the modern world’s most impactful creations were invented by passionate employee innovators. If it were left up to go-it-alone entrepreneurs, we would not have mobile phones, personal computers, or e-mail.

Distilling more than 150 interviews with internal innovators and leading experts along with insights from the latest research and today’s most successful companies, Krippendorff lays out a framework employees can apply to drive innovation from within and leaders can apply to unlock innovation from the inside, IN-OVATE:

  • Intent
  • Need
  • Options
  • Value-blockers
  • Act
  • Team
  • Environment

Kaihan was recognized by Thinkers50 as one of the eight most influential innovation thought leaders and one of 30 emerging thought-leaders to look out for. His book, Driving Innovation from Within, is meant to be a practical and inspiring guide to leadership from all levels for those who want the fulfillment of changing the world without leaving their job in order to do it.

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