Chicago Conceding an Olympic Defeat for 2016

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Chicago Mayor Daley says America's bid for the Olympics in 2016 can't replicate Beijing's achievement. International trends forecaster, product developer, and author of "America's Corporate Brain Drain" Babs Ryan says America needs a swift kick to catch up to the rest of the world in innovation and leadership.

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Asia and the Middle East have taken the lead in innovation. Fashion, cars, electronics, architecture, TV shows, international trade, teamwork, business management, and government leadership---America is runner-up.

America's athletes may be winning medals, but the U.S. is falling behind the rest of the world in Olympian ideas and execution.

"Chicago Mayor Daley says that he's impressed with the size and vast organization of the Beijing games and admits that no city is going to be able to replicate what the Chinese have done," according to a report from The Associated Press. Many Americans assumed that their Olympic bid promised something better by 2016.

"No one can spend this much money; I don't care what country," says Daley. While the competition to host the Olympics in 2016 continues, the winner might not be the city with the most money, but the one with the best ideas.

Babs Ryan, a global consumer trends forecaster and product developer who has traveled in 78 countries, says, "Asia and the Middle East have taken the lead in innovation. Fashion, cars, electronics, architecture, TV shows, international trade, teamwork, business management, and government leadership---America is runner-up."

Ryan, who recently returned from Dubai where futuristic skyscrapers pale Las Vegas, says Americans are being lapped by other countries due to perceptions of China, the Middle East, India, and the Philippines as "unsafe countries of backward peasants whose superior achievements are based simply upon money or manpower." She argues their individual willingness to embrace change is creating Olympian architecture, transportation systems, and world-class products.

"Americans, who have plenty of money and manpower, say they want change. Their actions prove they don't," says the former GE, Citibank, and ad agency senior executive who authored the controversial new business book "America's Corporate Brain Drain" (Sparks Worldwide, August 2008, ISBN 978098149470, hardcover, $26.95, In fact, Americans are so resistant to change that John Hopkins University found that 90 percent of bypass patients didn't change their lifestyle habits even when faced with a life-or-death choice. "We're moving forward with Toyota and connecting with Nokia because, in the U.S., the brightest sparks have left big corporations or are planning their exit strategies due to innovation atrophy."

Big-business escapee Ryan concludes, "If America wants to win, we've got to put our best competitors, the innovators with track records, not just back in the race, but in the leadership positions."

Mayor Daley is seeking pioneering ideas, is corralling innovators, and says that we have a lot to learn from the Chinese. Replicating their winning attitude might be a good start.

About Babs Ryan
Big-business escapee Babs Ryan has successfully boomeranged from senior leadership roles in Fortune 100 companies (GE Capital division head of new product development, Citibank VP of business development and P&L leader), chief marketing officer at motorcycle giant Kawasaki UK, and top directorships in blue chip advertising agencies to small-business owner with clients in 207 countries. Babs has seven U.S. patent applications. She has traveled in 78 countries and worked abroad for 11 years. She is founder and president of a Chicago-based enterprise that forecasts global consumer trends and translates them into multinational new products. She has worked with AT&T, Allergan (Botox Cosmetic), American Express, De Beers, Ford Motor Co., IBM, Procter & Gamble, Wal-Mart, and Western Union. A witty, provocative, and dynamic speaker who gives audiences tools to change the world, Babs Ryan is the author of "America's Corporate Brain Drain."

About the Book
"America's Corporate Brain Drain" (Sparks Worldwide, August 2008, ISBN 9780981494708, hardcover, $26.95) reveals that the swell of lousy service and me-too products is because the best people no longer work in Goliath companies. Annoying phone menus, nickel-and-diming airlines, "free" checking accounts that charge for checkbooks, and pointless points programs prove that big business has lost its minds. Provocative executive escapee and globetrotter (78 countries) Babs Ryan weaves travel tales of China, Dubai, Cambodia, India, Iran, Japan, and England with facts to compare the way the world works with why America's behemoth corporations don't. Visit the Media Lobe at for photographs, more information, and Chicago book launch event details. Brain Drain is available in bookstores and at


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