Driving Innovation from Within

A Guide for Internal Entrepreneurs

Kaihan Krippendorff

Columbia University Press

Driving Innovation from Within

Pub Date: October 2019

ISBN: 9780231189521

264 Pages

Format: Hardcover

List Price: $35.00£27.00

Pub Date: October 2019

ISBN: 9780231548366

264 Pages

Format: E-book

List Price: $34.99£27.00

Driving Innovation from Within

A Guide for Internal Entrepreneurs

Kaihan Krippendorff

Columbia University Press

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 Driving Innovation from Within, the strategist and advisor Kaihan Krippendorff disproves 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, from Tencent and Amazon to Mastercard and Starbucks, Krippendorff lays out a step-by-step playbook to unlock innovation from the inside. He maps the barriers that frustrate efforts to disrupt from within and provides tools to remove them, detailing how visionary leaders can create islands of freedom inside an organization to activate existing employees’ potential and beat startups at their own game. Driving Innovation from Within is 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.
In Driving Innovation from Within, Kaihan Krippendorff shines a light on those entrepreneurial spirits who take action to reshape methodology and buck trends within their organizations. In an era of business where disruption is the name of the game, this book provides a guide for employees to effect the same changes that startups do. Verne Harnish, founder of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization and author of Scaling Up (Rockefeller Habits 2.0)
An excellent work. Driving Innovation from Within provides powerful insights and tools for enacting change from an expert in business strategy, growth, and transformation. With Kaihan Krippendorff’s advice and stories from the front line of internal innovation, prospective intrapreneurs will find the sparks to fuel progress and grow their organizations. Josh Linkner, founder and former CEO, Detroit Venture Partners
If you want to accelerate innovation in your organization and grow faster, provide a supportive environment for internal innovators. With this book Kaihan Krippendorff shows you how to create an innovation-enabling narrative, then tear down bureaucratic barriers and leverage capabilities to stay ahead. With rich analyses and engaging examples his recommendations come to life. George S. Day, Geoffrey T. Boisi Professor Emeritus, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Introduction: What My Clients Taught Me
1. The Real Innovators Among Us
2. Six Attributes and Seven Barriers
3. Intent: Choosing to See and Seize Opportunities
4. Need: Knowing Where to Look
5. Options: How to Generate Disruptive Ideas
6. Value Blockers: Preempting “Corporate Antibodies”
7. Act: Getting Permission to Experiment
8. Team: Building an Agile Team
9. Environment: Creating Islands of Freedom
10. For Leaders: How to Unleash Internal Innovation
Appendix A. Are Entrepreneurs the Innovators?
Appendix B. Value Blockers Check-list
Appendix C. Team Frameworks
Appendix D. Innovative Outperformers
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index

About the Author

Kaihan Krippendorff is the founder of growth strategy and innovation consulting firm Outthinker. He has written four books, most recently Outthink the Competition (John Wiley & Sons, 2011).