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The Books I read in Year 2015

I have a yearly tradition by review the books I read every year in order to motivate and inform my friends and subscribers about the required books for their personal and professional lives.

Check out the books I read in Year 2014:

The following are the some of the hard copies books:

  • Screw it, Let’s do it expanded (Lessons in Life and Business)- Richard Branson
  • The New Rules: Networking- Dr. Rob Yeung
  • The New Rules: Office Politics- Dr. Rob Yeung
  • The New Rules: Job Hunting- Dr. Rob Yeung
  • Make Your Contacts Count: Networking Know-How for Business and Career Success)- Anne Baber Lynne Waymon
  • Think and Grow Rich- Napoleon Hill
  • The Rules of Work: A Definitive Code for Personal Success- Richard Templar
  • HBR’s 10 Must Reads: On Managing People
  • Get Rich Click: The Ultimate Guide to Making Money on the Internet- Marc Ostrofsky
  • Guide to Management Ideas and Gurus- Tim Hindle


10) Guide to Management Ideas and Gurus- Tim Hindle

Business success is built on the back of good ideas, which may involve anything from the nature of innovation or motivation to the simplification of business processes. And many of the best ideas have come from those who are widely referred to as “management guru”.

This guide provide a lively and accessible tour of the management thinking that has driven business change over the years and will continue to be influential. For managers everywhere, it will be an invaluable and entertaining source of reference.

Part one: Provides a clear overview of more than 100 ideas that have most influenced the management of business over the past century or so. As well as explaining each idea, it gives a brief run-down of the history behind it and lists suggesting for further reading.

Part two: Give the low-down on more than 50 of the world’s most influential management thinkers past and present. The majority are American-including what can be called the “Famous Five”: Peter Drucker, Douglas McGregor, Michael Porter, Alfred Sloan and Frederick Winslow Taylor- but more than 20 come from countries such as Britain, Japan, India, France, and the Netherlands.


9) Get Rich Click: The Ultimate Guide to Making Money on the Internet- Marc Ostrofsky

If you think you’ve missed the window of opportunity in the digital world, successful internet entrepreneur Marc Ostrofsky says otherwise. Using real-life examples from people of all ages and walks of life who have made their fortunes online, this engaging guide gives you step-by-step instructions for achieving financial success.

You’ll learn hundreds of ways to make money online with site Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, as well as ways to profit from domain names and digitally based products. Now is the time to change your ideas about making money, accumulating wealth, and taking control of your financial future.

Let Marc Ostrofsky show you the way in Get Rich Click!


8)  HBR’s 10 Must Reads: On Managing People

On Managing People is fraught with challenge—even if you’re a seasoned managers. Here’s how to handle them.

If you read nothing else on managing people, read these 10 articles. We’re combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles and selected the most important ones to help you maximize your employees’ performance.

This book will inspire you to:

  • Tailor your management style to fit your people
  • Motivate with more responsibility, not more money
  • Support first-time managers
  • Build trust by soliciting input
  • Teach smart people how to learn from failure
  • Build high-performing teams
  • Manage your boss


7) The Rules of Work: A Definitive Code for Personal Success – Richard Templar

You’re good at your job. That’s a given.

But being good at what you do is not enough if you want to be successful. You need something else. You need The Rules of Work.

Because while everyone else is concentrating solely on what they do, you are following the 10 golden Rules of Work that makes sure you’re not just thinking about what you do, but also:

  • How you do it
  • How other perceive you doing it
  • And what else you do besides.

And that’s what gets you respected, valued, admired – and promoted.

Other can be good. You’ll be better.


6) Think and Grow Rich- Napoleon Hill


This book contains money-making secrets that can change your life.

THINK AND GROW RICH, based on the author’s famed LAWS OF SUCCESS, represents the distilled wisdom of distinguished men of great wealth and achievement.

Andrew Carnegie’s magic formula for success was the direct inspiration of this book. Carnegie demonstrated its soundness when his coaching brought fortunes to those young men to whom he had disclosed his secret.

This book will teach you that secret—and the secrets of other great men like him. It will show you not only WHAT TO DO but HOW TO DO IT.

If you learn and apply the simple basic techniques revealed here, you will have master the secret of true and lasting success.



5) Make Your Contacts Count: Networking Know-How for Business and Career Success) – Anne Baber and Lynne Waymon

Meeting—and keeping—a network of powerful contacts is most effective way to further your career or grow your business. So how can you ensure that you are connecting with and impressing the right people?

A practical, step-by-step guide for creating, cultivating, and capitalizing on networking opportunities and relationships, this book shows you how to leverage professional membership, get the most out of networking events, make a memorable entrance, make conversations flow, and how to follow up.

In this completely revised edition, the author offer new case studies, examples, checklists, and questionnaires, as well as expanded advice on building social capital at work and in job hunting. Complete with a unique self- assessment test that lets you chart your progress as you master the strategies that will help you build beneficial business relationships, this edition of Make Your Contacts Count shows you how to set yourself apart from everyone else in the room and :

  • Create a networking plan
  • Cultivate current contacts
  • Make the most of memberships
  • Share anecdotes that convey character and competence
  • Avoid the top ten networking turn-offs
  • And transform your career with a networking makeover.

With Make Your Contacts Count, the tools to supercharge your career and boost your bottom line lie right in your hands.


4)   The New Rules: Job Hunting- Dr. Rob Yeung

A great new job is waiting for you. Written by an expert who has interviewed thousands of candidates on behalf of dozens of employers, this book is placed with practical insider advice on how to track down and land your perfect job.

Read this book to stand out from the crowd and give yourself the job-hunting edge.

  • Write a must-read CV
  • Get invited to more interviews
  • Handle tough interview questions
  • Amaze interviewer
  • Negotiate the perfect package
  • Want to get a great new job?
  • Want to learn the secrets of getting hired?
  • Want to have employers fighting over you


3) The New Rules: Office Politics- Dr. Rob Yeung

The modern workplace is full of backstabbing colleagues, incompetent teammates, and toxic bosses. But office politics can be positive as well as negative. Learn how to defend yourself and get ahead at work- without compromising your values or resorting to understand tactics.

  • Achieve personal and organizational goals
  • Influence decision-makers
  • Understand political agenda
  • Enhance your reputation
  • Deal with difficult people
  • Tired of being overlooked?
  • Want to enhance your political savvy?
  • Want to gain support and achieve goals?


2) The New Rules: Networking- Dr. Rob Yeung

It’s not what you know; it’s who you know. Whether you work for someone else or run your own business, networking will allow you to promote yourself and succeed. Even if you don’t know anyone important, this book teaches you how to build a network of people who will fall over themselves to help you reach your goals.

  • Win friends and allies
  • Meet new people with confidence
  • Build valuable relationships
  • Get people to help you
  • Build your profile
  • Want to get promoted or grow your business?
  • Want to meet new people with confidence?
  • Want to build relationship to get ahead?


1) Screw it, Let’s do it expanded (Lessons in Life and Business)- Richard Branson

 Throughout my life I have achieved many remarkable things. In Screw it, Let’s Do it, I will share with you my ideas and the secrets of my success, but not simply because I hope they’ll help you achieve your individual goals.

Today we are increasing aware of the effects of our actions on the environment, and I strongly believe that we each have a responsibility, as individuals and organizations, to do no harm. I will explain why we need to take stock of how we may be damaging the environment, and why it is up to big companies like Virgin to lead the way in a more holistic approach to business.

In Screw it, Let’s Do it, I’ll be looking to the future. A lot has changed since I founded Virgin in 1968, and I’ll explain how I intend to take my business and my ideas to the next level and the new and exciting areas – such as launching Virgin Fuels –into which Virgin is currently moving.

But I have also brought together all the important lessons, good advice and inspirational adages that have helped me along the road to success.

Ironically, I have never been one to do things by the books, but I have been inspired and influenced by many remarkable people. I hope that you too might find a little inspiration between the pages.



Welcome back, I hope you have been inspired and motivated by the excerpts above from the books I read in 2015.

I wish you to hear from you through comments and views


Akeem Gbadamosi, M.Sc. Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management






Last weekend was so eventful. Myself and other members of Great Achievers’ Club did an excursion to the monument called “Idanre Hill” in the present day Ondo State, Nigeria.

Our visit blew my mind, I thought of writing an article based on the lessons I learnt from climbing the hill. I hope you can also use the lessons learnt in improving your personal life and others. Happy reading!

The Idanre Hill, or Oke Idanre is located in the Ondo State of southwestern Nigeria.The hill of Idanre includes such cultural sites as “Owa’s Palace, Shrines, Old Court, Belfry, Agbooogun foot print, thunder water (Omi Apaara) and burial mounds and grounds”.[1] It resides 3000 ft above sea level and houses a unique ecosystem upon which the culturalAroAro landscape has inteAroArograted. On getting to the entrance of the hill you will see a great tree at the entrance of the accient city of idanre called the IRAYE TREE, then you can now get prepared to take the steps to the great city beyond the hills of idanre.(

Climbing Idanre Hill to the top involves 662 stair-like steps which is a strerous task that scared tourists a way. According to our Tourist guide, Tolu who took us around historical site on the hills. He told us the hills home the residents for centuries before the they decided to relocate to settle down at the valley on the hills. He said the residents decided to “come down” to the valley in 1928.

From another source, Baba Ori-Oke told us that Idanre used to be called “Ife Oke” before their relocation and its derived its “new name”, Idanre which can be translated or literally means “This is magic”.

The following are the lessons I learnt from climbing the Idanre Hill viz:

1) Team Spirit
2) Believing in Yourself
3) Tenacity
4) Motivating and Inspiring others
5) My fears
6) Procrastination failed
7) Being a Coach
8) Fun
9) Helicopter view
10) Resting bay
11) Climax

I discovered climbing the Hills could have been a strerous pursiut for individual who comes personally to catch fun. For me and other club members who teamed-up to form a group. Team spirit really help us to overcome some hurdles in the course of our exploration on the hill.

Climbing the hill could have been an heacleanian task by mere sighting the gigantic monument which at the top measured to be 5okm and cannot be explored in a day but for 3 days.

When we are welcome to the entrance of the hill, I had a personal goal. My personal goal is to get to the top of the hill irrespective of the challenges I encounter on my way up.

Tenacity is been Tenacious. Tenacious is holding together; cohesive; not easily pulled asunder; tough. Being tenacious, helped me to the top despite the discouragement from my inner mind that almost stop me for pursuing one of my life dream.

I motivated and inspired one of my friend and a club to make it to the top of the hill despite his pessimist nature. My friend, said he would just do 100 steps out of 662 steps and return to the valley.

I gave him hope and inspired him that he can do it and to my amazement, my friend made it to the top of the rock before me.

My fears doesn’t come to pass about the bodily pain and fatigue I may suffer after climbing the 662 steps and walking on top of the hill. After the climbing and returning to the valley that housed the Idanre township.

Today is the third day after the excursion to the great hill, No skin pain!

Procrastination failed to hold me back.We as individuals deals with procrastination in our everyday lives. Some people may argue that they don’t procrastinate in their lives but one way or the other unknown to them.

I would’ve procrastinate by giving my friends excuse like” can’t we make the next time instead of now?”,

A friend whose Mother came Idanre nearly gave me some procrastinating excuse like” we cannot make to the top of the hill”, due to time constrain and other stuffs. I listen to him but follow my mind!

I became a life coach, when we all got to the top of the hill by teaching my fellow members real life experience from climbing the hill to the top and I implore them to always remember that despite all odd they made it.

8) FUN
In everything you do in life always have fun doing it. Having fun helped me and others to achieve greatness.

Helicoper view is a term mostly in the field of Human Resource Management. Helicopter view means a general oveview of sometime.

Been on the hill-top gave us helicopter view of the ancient city and the inhabitants.

The Management of the tourist created a resting bay for people who to relax from climbing the hill.

In application to real-life issues, there is always a resting bay for you to relax and reignite your drive for excellence.


At last,we came down to the valley of the hill and now you are the valley of the article.


Feel free to post your comment(s) on this article. Keep posted!

Akeem Gbadamosi, M.Sc Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management.

I’m always surprised when people tell me they’re “just” doing consulting or contract work for now, while they’re between jobs or re-entering the work force after doing something else for a while (…like raising kids, spending time at an ashram, building a school in Haiti, saving the whales, or some other “close to the heart” pursuit…you name it)

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Akeem Gbadamosi, M.Sc Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management.

This morning I had a ton of work to do, and I felt the anxiety building, the moment I woke up and started thinking about all that work. Instead of getting moving, I watched my anxiety. It’s an interesting feeling of rising panic, of adrenaline shooting from my chest outward. My mind was racing, my heart was beating fast.

This happens to me from time to time — I feel like I have so much to do, and I start to worry. I’ve learned to deal with it, so that while it still comes up, I now have trust that I’ll be fine. And that, in turn, helps it to go away sooner. So what do you do when you’re overwhelmed and have a crapload of work to do?

Here are the practices that work for me. I offer them to you in hopes that they’ll help you.

1. Trust in the moment. Anxiety is usually a fear (or a bunch of fears) about the future, which is pretty normal. But what this really is … is a lack of trust in the future. We don’t trust that things will work out. And what I’ve found, in my experimenting, is that this is really a lack of trust in the present. If the present isn’t good enough, if we aren’t good enough here in the present, then things will fail in the future. But I’ve learned that actually, nothing really bad will happen to me in the future if I act consistent with my principles here in the present. So I trust the present moment, and trust that things will work out. Try this: look at the moment you’re in. Look around you, look inward at yourself. Basically, this moment is fine. If it weren’t, you’d probably be in an ambulance instead of reading a Zen Habits post. If this moment is fine, the next one will probably be too. And the one after. We tend to imagine horrible future moments when it doesn’t really happen.

2. Meditate for a few minutes. Ironically, when we have a lot of work to do, the best thing isn’t necessarily to rush off and start working. I’ve found that taking a few minutes to meditate really helps bring me back to the moment, which turns out to be a great moment. Instead of keeping my eyes on the future all the time, I can check in with this moment, check in with myself and my breath, and this centers me to be calm in my tasks. Just sit still for 3 minutes, and pay attention to the breath, to your body, to the sounds around you. Keep coming back to these things in the present when your mind wanders.

3. Make a short list. With a lot of work to do, it can be overwhelming. But honestly I’ve found that I can’t do everything at once. I can’t even do two things at once. I can only focus on one thing at a time (though I can ineffectively switch back and forth between 2 or more things). So I should focus on the most important. The best way to do this is to make a short list of the most important things I have to do. What will make the most difference today? Not just the semi-urgent emails, but the tasks that mean the most to my life and career. This tends to be about 3 things per day, though go ahead and write down 5 things if you can’t limit it to 3. This list is what I focus on first. I can get to the small things later.

4. Single-task. I work most effectively when I pick one important task and really focus on it. When I switch constantly between a bunch of tasks, I tend not to make a lot of progress. And the important tasks get pushed back, because they need more focus than the constant switching allows for. And the constant switching feels productive, even if it means you’re only doing little things and not the big things. So instead, I focus on one big task, and I give it my full attention. Sometimes other things will interrupt my attention, and that’s OK if it can’t be avoided. You can’t control every moment (or any moment perhaps). But to the best of my ability, I stay with the present task instead of allowing myself to constantly switch.

5. Set intentions. When I’m starting a new task, before I start single-tasking with this item, I pause. I ask myself, “Is this the most important task I can be doing right now?” Then I ask, “What is my intention with this task?” This just means, why am I doing it? What do I hope to accomplish? What’s my motivation? This helps me to understand the Why of the task, and keeps me motivated when things get hard. Often the Why is something like, “To help my readers with a problem” and this feels good when I’m doing the task. That’s a much better reason than, “Because it’s on my list” or “Because I got an email asking me to do it”. I might do the task either way, but with a solid intention, I’m more focused, more motivated.

6. Realize you’re already there. Often we’re rushing to get somewhere, trying to make progress towards a goal, moving, moving. But where are we going? Will we be happier when we get there? Is that place better than where we already are? I’ve found that no, it’s not any better. Where we already are is just as great. This moment is just as good as wherever we’re rushing off to. We’ve already arrived. So I smile, and appreciate the moment, and this makes the current task not a stepping stone to something better, but something great in and of itself.

7. Keep a stateless mindset. When we rush through a lot of tasks, they tend to accumulate in our heads as we work through our task list. These things running around in our heads cost us a lot in stress and thought administration. So by letting go of past and future tasks, and just focusing on the current task, we can be less stressed and burdened throughout the day. Read more.

8. Let go of finishing your list or inbox. This is something that stresses me out all the time. Trying to finish my to-do list. Trying to empty my inbox.
These are meaningless goals. There’s an arbitrary number of emails in your inbox, an arbitrary number of tasks on your list. What does it matter if you finish the day with zero or three left? It doesn’t change your life. Letting go of these arbitrary goals, that don’t really help you, means letting go of the stress. So I practice letting go, and allow some emails to remain in my inbox, and some tasks to remain for tomorrow.

These are the things I try to practice. I don’t always get them right, and I mess up constantly. But when I remember to do these practices, my day is much better, I’m more focused, and my stress levels drop dramatically.

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Akeem Gbadamosi, M.Sc Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management.

Akeem Gbadamosi, M.Sc Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management.