Editorial Reviews

The easiest solution to a problem is sometimes the stupidest one. "America's Corporate Brain Drain: Why We Leave, Where We Go, How we Can Reverse the Flow" is a look at the changing face of business and why it may be related to incompetent management of America's largest corporations. The masses of America, which used to support these massive businesses, are slowly losing faith in them and putting their faith elsewhere. An expose of the countless mistakes big business have made in recent years, "America's Corporate Brain Drain" is highly recommended for those who don't want to follow suit with the stupidest mistakes. — Midwest Book Review

“Babs Ryan connects the dots for myopic ‘leaders.’ The rare, frank warning to American employers is that ‘people problems’ are created and deliberately defended by employers. A great read. This is the way business needs to be talked tono coddling, just facts and a call to action for those bold enough to care about people who still do the work. — Dr. Gary Namie, Workplace Bullying Institute, workplacebullying.org


America’s Corporate Brain Drain is in your face—it rattles your cage and makes you chuckle, sneer, snicker, disagree, argue, answer the survey, be outraged, and knowingly smile. Armed with facts, case studies, interviews, and personal accounts from corporate deserters and left-behinds (still stuck there), Brain Drain discloses how the Fortune 500 are dealing (poorly) with the exodus of leaders, such as paying for all employees to attend training courses on ‘dealing with difficult people’ rather than just firing the difficult people.” — Publishers Marketplace


“Ryan challenges the world one idea at a time. The controversial book America's Corporate Brain Drain is an in-depth look at why the best people leave corporations, where they go, and how to reverse the flow. As one of the escapees from big business, Ryan uses her supercharged attitude to push the creative envelope.”—Thunderbird Magazine


“Seventy percent of workers at goliath companies in the U.S. are unhappy with their jobs. The result—top talent is heading for the high road. Supermen and superwomen are getting even by competing head on. America's Corporate Brain Drain details how corporations can curb this brain drain. But until they do, [employees] will continue to follow the path to entrepreneurship.” — Das Tor Newspaper


Book Description

From annoying phone menus to “free” checking accounts that charge you for checkbooks, big business is losing its minds.  See full book description here.

Product Details

Hardcover:       304 pages

Publisher:        Sparks Worldwide LLC; 1st edition

ISBN-13:          978-0981494708

Product Dimensions:  6 x 9 x 1

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews  (posted on amazon.com)


5.0 out of 5 starsLong overdue, August 11, 2009

by R.M.  (Illinois)

I’m loving the book so far and all I can say is this book is long overdue! I cannot tell you how many times I’ve wanted to write and YELL a book like this. Its so good to know all of my concerns, suspicions and frustrations aren’t the only ones out there. I’ve worked from entry level to sales to middle management for major corporations since my early twenties as well as ran my own business twice. By the time I hit my thirties I just wanna scream at the BS we call Corporate America.  Your book is hitting home for me right now and all I can say is THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Don’t stop with this one, let this book be the first step to a long series.

5.0 out of 5 starsA splash of comic relief, August 28, 2008

by Carol   (Massachusetts)

This is not your typical boring business book. It is interesting and insightful, with a delightful splash of comic relief thrown in. The author includes lots of statistics to back up her claims but interjects many of her own real-life experiences. Bab's vision, and her thought-provoking arguments have made me look at corporate practices a lot differently. This book is a must read for managers who wish to hang on to their best and brightest employees.


5.0 out of 5 stars"Must Read" for Corporate CEOs - and every line manager.., September 1, 2008

by K. Izzarelli  (New York)

Brain Drain is required reading for every serious student of business -- starting with today's top corporate CEO's and continuing right down the line to every decision maker.

Anyone looking to engage or remain prosperous in our global economy would be wise to heed Ryan's advise: focus those employees who contribute to the bottom-line and shed dead weight - now!

Through Ryan's travels, readers evolve as case-by-case, example after example, we learn why areas of the world, such as Europe and Asia, are advancing with lightning speed beyond the U.S.  Why? Because of a paradigm shift: the willingness to integrate technology wherever possible and maximize human capital. Simple.

If China's brilliance and universal appeal during the 2008 Olympic Opening Ceremony did not send a wake-up call to us all, nothing will.
If attitude is everything, our prevailing attitudes here in the U.S. need to change - dramatically, and soon.  Meanwhile, Corporate America is stuck in its ancient hierarchies and rigid, entitled-thinking.

Ryan's Brain Drain thesis is dark and provocative; it will not resonate well with those who are unable to change or face the rigors of our emerging global economy.


5.0 out of 5 starsAmerica's Corporate Brain Drain  July 23, 2008

by Rich D.  (New York)

This is a great read and critique of some of the many mind-numbing jobs, processes and games in corporate and business America. Interspersed with real-life experiences is a lot of great humor. I almost drive off the road laughing at "it is better to be an athlete than an athletic supporter" to make the point of the futility of support-type positions.

In a way this book is a verbal "Dilbert". And the chapter of bullying - many of us have been there in similar experiences that suck the air out of a job where you thanklessly expend your precious life's energies.

I really liked the use of the author's travels to make points. This brilliantly transformed a business-type book to something much more personal. Each country was brought to life with a great touch. My favorite was the last one mentioned in Kashmir, a land of great beauty matched with senseless death. The description of the merchants on Dal Lake and the decaying beauty of the once elegant houseboats was beautiful and visual.

If you have vision, are innovative and feel left out at your job, this book might confirm what you already know. It is time to work for yourself where you are only limited by your imagination and efforts. The author confirms that you are not alone when you think it's all a big game, with silly rules made by folks that are less than worthy.


5.0 out of 5 starsTelling it like it is, July 23, 2008

by Linda  (Oklahoma)

I read ALL the time and this is the first time I have ever written or wanted to write a review. This book tells it like it is and Babs' style is about as direct as they come. She weaves her extensive travel experiences with her work experiences and backs EVERYTHING up with facts and figures that cannot be refuted. And, it's funny. This is a MUST read. Not only will Babs offer solid reasoning explaining why corporate America is losing their best and brightest, but does it in a way that entertains, makes you laugh out loud, and provides you with a wealth of exotic travel details and delights. There is not a boring page in this book; it's a definite page turner.

If you want to figure out why you are losing the cream of the crop, or if you ARE the cream of the crop and want to know what your counterparts are doing....read this book. You will not regret a page.


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