Written Remarks at Candidate Event circ 2014

I’m honored to be here today. Thanks so much for the opportunity. I’m a North Jersey guy that moved two hours south for a job ten years ago and have liked it since (haha). The food must be good – wait – I think it’s the people!. Before that, I lived for many years 5000 miles away, and in my time in New Jersey earned two engineering degrees from NJIT and got advanced training as an executive in technology management at the University of Pennsylvania.

Why are we here today – 700,000 residents today in our district need a voice for them in Washington, DC. In the last twenty years, we’ve had one person on that job, and another twenty years before that. Both are Americans and their tenure says they have done an outstanding job. We’re at a crossroads and need to decide if we want more of same or the change the status quo.

Do we want the same voice and vision for our district on the issues of the day – climate change, on affordable healthcare, on the costs of higher education, on immigration reform and gun control among others? And after the recent economic trouble, Atlantic City has been through with the casino shutdowns, thousands of families are in distress. For a city with twice the national unemployment rate, the people of the district deserve not only a new deal but a new narrative.

That’s why I’m running. My journey has been of possibility as a son of immigrants seeking this office. I want to help rewrite the story for many in our district that are living paycheck to paycheck, getting by on food stamps, or struggling to pay student loans. Our kids can have better education and we can attract companies to the area that pay higher wages, and help small businesses grow. If we enlarge the economic pie in this area with technology driven businesses, the result would be a thriving economy less dependent on casinos.

My background in engineering is one of solving problems – what engineers do – we build stuff, think of Google, Apple, Microsoft, I did that in W. Deptford and at a time like this, we need someone in Washington that understands our challenges and can work in a bipartisan approach to get more answers and improve the quality of life for constituents. For the last six years in public service in the Consumer Affairs Division regulating an industry, I have stood up for consumer protection and will continue to with your support in Congress.

One of my core prescriptions is the greening of our district – I have proposed this moonshot goal of 25% of our district’s electricity from renewable energy by 2025. With a capacity to generate 5X our annual usage from wind energy at our shoreline and rural solar in vast areas of Atlantic and Cumberland counties – South Jersey can be the da facto energy generator for New Jersey. In doing this, We’d have done our part to reduce our carbon footprint, and created more green jobs than casinos would. We deserve it. And it’s the right thing to do as we recover from Sandy while facing prospects of 62% of an Atlantic City that will be gone with a 5 Ft rise in sea levels.

We cannot choose our climate but we can make wiser choices about how we live and preserve the planet for future generations. If you think of how technology has transformed how we lived over the last twenty years, whether it’s your iPhone, Google, or Facebook. You can bet the next twenty holds even more excitement. Technology can be the vehicle to improve productivity and address economic challenges. More importantly though, to change the status quo, we must address the gridlock in Congress that leaves it with a 13% approval rating – that’s what my candidacy offers. The time has come to elect someone that understands the urgency to act on using technology to our economic advantage, and to work for your priorities and not one party’s ideology.

We can make that choice and make history in having a neutral voice in our politics. Being independent means I don’t answer to the party bosses. And have true freedom to be the people’s voice. That’s my offer to you. November 4th is 2 weeks away and all I ask is not a penny, nor $5 nor $10 nor $1000 (give that to the folks fighting Ebola), all I ask is to step out and vote. And look a bit to the right of the ballot to check that box for the guy with the initials B and O. Thank you so much and may God bless you.

Candidature Profile (c. 2014)

Having served as a consumer affairs regulator for the past 5 years, I have gained a unique and humbling perspective of what many New Jersey families go through and care about – with respect to handling delicate end of life plans and decisions. More importantly, mine has been an American journey unlike many others and it continues with the pursuit of the privilege to represent the people of New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District.

I invite you to join me in the fight to assure that the values and priorities we cherish in our district: sound education for our children to compete in a global economy, new 21st century American jobs, comprehensive healthcare, immigration reform, sustainable Social Security and Medicare programs that cater for our seniors, are legislative imperatives.

If given the honor of your vote and support, I will channel an independent, thoughtful, and progressive approach groomed over the years of a private sector career and in public service deciding concerns that matter to New Jersey families. Thank you and may God bless you and our great country.

What Makes Bayode Different from Others

Work with business unit and employees.
Advance consultative planning & interviews with critical points of contact.
Current thinking and best practices from flagship players and thoughts leaders
Boardroom perspective and experience

Topics & Outcomes

As a successful entrepreneur, author, consultant and CEO, He has worked with and studied thousands of companies and the different approaches they take to drive growth, foster innovation, and set themselves apart from the competition. How is it that some companies are able to continually pivot their strategy, transform, and pursue new growth ideas? The answer is they have a repeatable process and common language that can be learned and taught. Based on his most recent book, Outthink the Competition, He delivers a systematic process and set of proven business strategy tools he has used with more than 300 clients in almost every industry to create innovative strategies and growth ideas that have generated more than $2.5B in revenue. Blending together first-hand stories of inspiring business and social innovators, from Elon Musk to Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, His presentation teaches the audience a tested method for developing actionable growth ideas that unlock growth, increase competitiveness of their business and arm them with the tools needed to excel in today’s digital, agile, and purpose-driven world. In this inspiring keynote you will learn:

How to use The Outthinker Process® to generate powerful ideas that can drive bottom-line results across all levels of the business
How to find a “Fourth Option”: the option beyond the obvious choices, the option others will not see or respond to
The Outthinker playbook: five strategic narratives you want to master now
A simple approach to avoid killing off “crazy” ideas and instead turn them into winning moves
How to extract value of internal ideas to drive organic growth
How to build a culture of Outthinking that celebrates fresh strategic and innovative ideas and thinking
How to empower and inspire your employees so that they are ready to take action to develop, test and scale innovative growth ideas
*** Recommended versions of this speech include “Future of Financial Services” and “Disrupting Retail”

When many hear “Blockchain”, they immediately think of fintech or cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin or Ethereum. This is a mistake. Blockchain is a disruptive opportunity for a wide range of industries – banking, real estate, healthcare, legal, supply chain, energy, insurance, media, retail, cloud computing, security, shipping and beyond. In this talk, He will explain Blockchain in language that normal human beings can understand – cutting through the noise and hype to help the audience understand how it works and the potential ways Blockchain might completely up-end their own industry and business.

In this presentation filled with thought-provoking questions and colorful stories of the latest in Blockchain cases and projects, He draws on his experience advising and working with companies and individuals leading the Blockchain revolution, along with his work helping strategists from leading companies across a range of industries make sense of disruptive innovations like Blockchain. He zooms back in time to put this cutting-edge technology into historical context. He makes this unfamiliar but important topic accessible for executive, managerial, and general audiences who have a strong desire to build their understanding of Blockchain, learn how it will impact their business, and discover what opportunities this technology opens up for them. The audience will leave with fresh ideas and next steps about how their organization can be a part of the exciting new future.

You will:

  • Learn what Blockchain is, how it works and, more importantly, how will it impact your business
  • Understand why the Blockchain concept is so difficult to grasp
  • Appreciate how an ancient civilization and a Franciscan friar laid the foundation for what Blockchain could become
  • Analyze the four promises provided by Blockchain
  • Evaluate the two dimensions of Blockchain networks and decide where your company should play
  • Understand the four requirements of Blockchain for business
  • Uncover three near-term actions to explore getting started with Blockchain

When we say “innovation” we almost always mean “product innovation.” We talk about research & development and possible new solutions to meet unmet needs. This is a one-dimensional and incomplete approach to innovation. Dissect the most innovative companies of the last decade and you will see that great innovators disrupt their markets by reaching beyond the product. Oftentimes their success rests on choices that have little to do with new products.

In this presentation, successful entrepreneur, author, consultant and CEO Bayode Olabisi will take you through engaging examples from a broad array of industries such as Urban Outfitters in apparel, IKEA in furniture, VMware in technology, SpaceX in space launch vehicles, Mastercard in payments, and Vistaprint in printing services, showing how companies that outperform their competition seek disruptive innovation across eight dimensions (8Ps). The “8Ps” framework has proven to be a powerful structure to engage high-level marketers, business strategists and sales staff in an exploration of where competitive advantages lie, where to strengthen them, and where they are being underutilized. Learnings from this session include:

  • The “8Ps” strategic innovation framework: systematically uncover new avenues for growth, innovation and transformation
  • How to construct a disruptive business model or strategy that leverages an underutilized 8P strength
  • Identifying opportunities beyond the R&D lab: identify and reconstruct processes and operations to drive efficiency
  • Driving organic growth leveraging the value of unrealized ideas
  • How to build real confidence to apply new strategies everyday across all business units and roles

In a world marked by accelerated change and innovation, mental agility has proven to be a critical driver of success in sports, warfare, business, career, and life. Yet few agree on what exactly “mental agility” is or know how to develop it. Companies that fail to move on quickly enough from their linear organization will not succeed. In this presentation, successful entrepreneur, author, consultant and CEO Bayode Olabisi shares insights from his work with top-level corporate entrepreneurs and the study of more than 200 successful innovators into what sets them apart from the rest of the competitive pack. He will share the key practices that distinguish those with high mental agility and arm the audience with tools and frameworks they can immediately apply to their own work. Audience members will learn to:

  • Connect the unconnected – pulling together seemingly unrelated pieces of information to rapidly form a mental image of the situation or opportunity.
  • Uncover unexpected causes – drilling down into the system to see the cause others overlook.
  • Shift your frame – shifting your frame on the problem to reveal solutions others dismiss.
  • Question the impossible – understanding why we fall into mental “traps” of false beliefs that prevent us from seeing what is possible and, more importantly, how to dig out of the trap that is keeping you from seizing the solution.

Attendees will leave with a boost of confidence, tools, and energy to increase the velocity and agility level of their organization on a daily basis.

We are experiencing a historic acceleration in the pace of change in our world. Artificial intelligence, digitization, robotics, 3D printing, social shifts, and the rise of purpose-driven enterprises are reconfiguring how every conceivable industry operates.

These changes divide us into two camps: the “Disruptors” and the “Disrupted”.

Successful entrepreneur, author, consultant and CEO Bayode Olabisi has spent over a decade studying the patterns of disruption. What makes some companies thrive and what makes others fall behind? What gives some the power to shape the future and makes others struggle to keep up? He has applied his cutting-edge findings to create more than $2.5B in new value and help hundreds of businesses lean into change and thrive in tomorrow’s fast-paced, digital, purpose-driven world. In this talk, He breaks down the underlying patterns of disruption and with compelling stories of successes, failures, and yet-unknown innovations, teaches practical tools to help you take action and become a Disruptor. Learnings and outcomes include:

  • The emerging trends – from AI to digitization – that are driving us into an era of disruption and how these will likely shape the future
  • How to use The Outthinker Process® to generate powerful ideas that can drive bottom-line results across all levels of the business
  • The strategic patterns and best practices that the world’s most strategic and innovative companies use to thrive during the ongoing shift of global business structures and thinking
  • A systematic process you can use to overcome the “innovator’s dilemma” and create breakthrough growth ideas that will disrupt your market without disrupting your organization
  • How to empower and inspire employees so that they’re ready to take action to develop, test and scale innovative growth ideas

Historically, we were taught corporations existed for one purpose: to maximize shareholder value. But companies are waking up to the realization that such a focus destroys shareholder value over the long term because it creates resistance to your growth.

Successful entrepreneur, author, consultant and CEO Bayode Olabisi draws on years of proprietary research to show that today’s most successful companies more often speak of the strategic power of appealing to all stakeholders. If you design a strategy that benefits shareholders by also benefiting employees, the community, the country, and the environment, you have designed the ultimate strategy. When everyone wants you to win, you remove all competition. This idea goes beyond social responsibility. It points us toward removing the idea that doing good and making profit are inconsistent. You do not have to choose.

By pulling together inspiring stories from organizations ranging from lesser-known jewels like Best Doctors, BrightFarms, and Holstee to leading socially directed corporations like IKEA, Mastercard, and Target, He will inspire and motivate the audience to rethink their role and how they interact with stakeholders, not just shareholders. The audience will learn:

  • The three primary goals of a “be good” socially minded strategy
  • Simple yet effective tools and frameworks to apply and create your own “Do Good” strategy that complements your current organizational strengths and strategy
  • The next evolution of corporate social responsibility and how to embrace the shift toward a future where CSR is the norm
  • How to empower and inspire employees so that they’re ready to take action to develop ideas, strategies, products, and programs that everyone benefits from

The financial services industry – from banking to payments to insurance – is undergoing a rapid and historic transformation. The shifting regulatory landscape, changing consumer/investor behavior, an endless stream of agile newcomers armed with disruptive fintech tools, and platforms powered by Blockchain and AI are mounting an attack on incumbent institutions and business models. He works with many of the world’s leading financial institutions, helping them make sense of this uncertain future – understanding key future trends and technologies, designing fresh strategies and agile teams ready to face disruption head on so their organization can be ready to transform, compete, and win the future of finance. A successful entrepreneur, author, consultant and CEO that has created more than $2.5B in revenue for clients, He uses first-hand experience and actionable insights to present a compelling vision of the future world of financial services, arming the audience with a framework and tools that they can use to succeed in the tech-driven digital economy of the 21st century.

You will learn:

  • The key trends shaping the financial services industry – Blockchain, AI, regulatory environment, unbundling/bundling, millennial investors, fintech, financial inclusion and beyond
  • What financial services will look like in the near and distant future
  • Five key strategies today’s most successful firms are adopting to adapt to, and lead, tomorrow
  • How to transform into a more agile, inspiring, disruptive competitor, built for success in the digital economy
  • Tools and a process for developing concrete ideas and strategic approaches that could disrupt the industry

The retail and apparel industries today are undergoing a rapid, historic transformation. A successful entrepreneur, author, consultant and CEO that has created more than $2.5B in revenue for his clients, He works at the cutting edge of the disruption, helping many of the world’s leading retail and apparel brands navigate a future being shaped by radically shorter times to market, AI, robotics, augmented reality, hyper-personalization, data-driven decision making, and broad shifts in consumer behavior (environmentally friendly lifestyles, focus on health, nutrition, etc.). Drawing from the latest industry developments from Amazon to QVC and stories of yet-under-appreciated new attackers, He uses in this keynote first-hand experience and actionable insights to present a compelling vision of the future world of retail and leaves the audience with tools and an approach to develop a strategy to succeed in the shifting retail landscape of the 21st century tech-driven and digital economy.

You will learn:

  • The key macro-trends that will shape the apparel and retail industries
  • An overview of what retail will look like in the near and distant future
  • Five key strategies today’s most successful retail and apparel players are adopting to prepare for tomorrow
  • How to evolve into a more agile and disruptive competitor
  • Tools and a process for developing concrete ideas for a strategy and approaches that could disrupt the industry

Top 10 Reasons To Book Bayode Olabisi

Global View

A citizen of the world whose life on two continents has come to define his persona, and whose journey has been shaped by work, life, play, with colleagues and peers hailing from various backgrounds.

Exclusive Insights

He connects everyday experiences to business subjects to make them more relatable and stimulate a stream of conscience, bottom-up, inclusive dialogue that engages and inspires small groups or large audiences.

Youthful Energy

With a perspective of the millenial age bracket, but wisdom to operate in group contexts that criss-cross every age group, including the millenial demographic.

Pragramtic, action Focussed

As a natural consensus builder, he focusses on fostering a working basis between and among individuals and entities to achieve mutually beneficial end results.

A hands-on Technologist

As a technology insider who worked first hand wireless technology development, authoritatively communicate in the context of technology for several leading edge products.

Business and Technology Crossfunctional Expert

Ambidexterity in the language and context of business and technology nurtured and refined to capably engage in both contexts.

Private & Public Sector Domain Fluency

With a pedigree overseeing a half billion dollar yearly sales industry for a public sector, non-profit goal, and social responsibility task with a NYSE listed firm CEO, he brings a convergent perspective that blends these two variant worlds.

Passion for Diversity

As more firms seek to reflect the diverse customer base they serve, he’s committed to helping these firms realize that 35% outperformance edge diverse firms have over their peers.

Impactful Meetings that Matter

Committed to leaving every engagement with reports, tools and techniques for actionable initiatives, translating shared thoughts into actions.

Quality over Quantity

We commit to work in the spirit of respectful, honest, and authentic interactions as mutually integrative, inclusive qualities.

He is a top innovator, business strategist, entrepreneur and an author who has the vision to tailor the world’s business technology and strategy to extract the best. He is an inspiration for many successful researchers and business holders.

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