From Dream to Reality…

Someone asked me today about my dreams which I had hoped to achieve by now. I smiled. more out of sadness. How can you get that your grandeur dream to reality without either shelving it or getting overwhelmed? Read Vision Map.

 

BOOK REVIEW: VISION MAP: JOEL MALM: MOODY PUBLISHERS: 2009: 99 PAGES

This is a Christian book which explains how huge God-given dreams, can be actualized. Joel, the author had a God-sized dream which He was able to achieve; He tells us how he was able to do it in his book.

A God-given dream is one which God placed in your heart; one which you cannot possibly achieve by yourself BUT with others and divine intervention.

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Answering Hard Money Questions.

So you want to retire young? what plans have you put in place to achieve this? how much do you need to live comfortably at retirement? At what age do you want to retire? It’s the hard questions that we keep putting off that make us remain where we are. Maybe the Parable of Dollars can help – Tosan A.

BOOK REVIEW: THE PARABLE OF DOLLARS – PROVEN STRATEGIES FOR YOUR FINANCIAL SUCCESS BY SAM ADEYEMI /PNEUMA PUBLISHING/2001/ 179 PAGES

The Parable of Dollars is a direct reference to the popular parable of the talents in the bible as told by Jesus Christ, only this time, the author Sam Adeyemi uses money – a universal language to illustrate in contrast to talents or God-given gifts as it is popularly related to. The use of dollars was to represent the universality of money which is the now the case study in this text.

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The book has eight chapters and hard hitting questions at the end of each chapter that forces you to stop and think about the changes you need to make to change or improve your financial position. It speaks to mainly to Christians and strives to squash age-old beliefs relating to prosperity and finances. He writes like a trainer/lecturer making sure that the reader participates and gets the message.

The book challenges Christians to stop associating Christianity with poverty but to endeavor to be true ambassadors for Christ by ensuring that everything about their lives reflects the redemption and resurrection of Christ in not just spiritual things but also physical things.

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5 not-so-popular qualities of Leaders (Book review)

THE 21 INDISPENSABLE QUALITIES OF A LEADER/ JOHN C. MAXWELL/ THOMAS NELSON INC/ 1999/ 157 PAGES

As the name implies, the book is about 21 very important qualities leaders should possess or strive to possess. Each quality is explained under 4 different sections. A story explaining the quality as a moral to attain, a brief discussion on the quality isolated from the story, a short section adapting this quality to the reader as a leader in need of the character and lastly a small take away to work on to either develop or improve the quality being discussed.

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Life lessons from Candy Crush!

Yes! you heard right…

For those who don’t know, Candy Crush is a game. Check the apps store on your device for more info.

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I am personally open to learning from just about anything… from movies, to random things, to nature , from conversations, anything and of course games: candy crush.
I am one of the late joiners to the world of candy crush but nonetheless i have welcomed and accepted this game as my break-in- transmission tool. Starting from level 1 to level 309 ( I know you are already at level 1500 but did you learnt what I learnt?)
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Women: made for more than the ‘other’ room

I came across this book when I was on maternity leave with my first child, wondering if the workplace would still need me when I get back or if it was worth it to leave my bundle of joy for the hustle of work. It’s been 4 years since then and I am still growing strong in the workplace which may not have happened if I hadn’t read this book. It is for women who want to make impact and men who want to support that vision – Tosan A.

LEAN IN/SHERYL SANDBERG & NELL SCOVELL/ ALFRED A. KNOPF PUBLISHER/ 2013/ 228 PAGES

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Leadership lessons for CEOs from Queen Elizabeth 1

 

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ELIZABETH 1 CEO: Strategic lessons from the leader who built an empire/ ALAN AXELROD/ PRENTICE HALL PRESS/2000/274PAGES

To be a king and wear a crown is a thing more glorious to them that see it than it is pleasant to them that bear it – All leaders would know that.

Elizabeth 1 CEO discusses the leadership and business management lessons that can be learnt from the Elizabethan era. In an era of male chauvinism, betrayals, sabotage, religious crisis, and easy/ flimsy executions (beheading), the survival and leadership lessons used by Elizabeth 1 are still very useful in today’s business scenes Continue reading “Leadership lessons for CEOs from Queen Elizabeth 1”

What I ‘saw’ in the match between Barca and PSG

 

A lot of us watched the match and most of us saw Barca do what they know how to do best. Someone saw something else which we can all take a cue from… You should read this whether you agree with the scores, the referee’s position or not – Tosan A.

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What I learnt from Barca’ s comeback. There’s a lot to learn from Barca’s historic comeback. Trailing 4-0 from the first leg, they needed to score at least 5 to go through. In the course of the game the opposition got 1 goal to worsen Barca’s situation. The score was now 5-3 on aggregate. Barca […]

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The New Age Seller

We are all salesmen whether our jobs explicitly says it or not, we are always selling or trying to sell something, we sell ourselves using our C.Vs to employers, we are selling the gospel to others, we always selling. Duct tape selling discusses the new rules to selling in the 21st century – the information age where brochures are almost extinct and sales people have to knock harder and on more doors to get even an audience much less close a saleTosan A.

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To be big or to be great?

‘Small Giants’ goes against everything I have ever heard about business growth, and It provides answers to numerous unanswered questions about how the future of a business can be decided. It reminds owners of the power they have concerning the future of their businesses – the power to CHOOSE – Tosan A.

 

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#BOOK REVIEW: SMALL GIANTS|BO BURLINGHAM|PORTFOLIO|2005|232 PAGES

Small Giants is about a study of companies who deliberately choose to remain ‘small’ (this is relative with respect to their fields and their ability to expand). Bo Burlingham identified a class of companies which did not fit into the popular classes of small, big or very big and decided to do more research of them especially since it was a deliberate and sometimes more active effort on the part of these companies to stay small. He selected 14 companies for his research and organised a field study on these companies, highlighting areas where they are similar and also their differences. Small Giants is the result of this study.

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This book felt so real, it literally feels like we are actually on the field with the author listening live to the insightful answers to tough being asked to business owners and their teams – people, you may never meet anytime soon, hearing them tell their stories of how they faced the pressure of deciding when to grow and how fast to grow. I liked the author’s writing style as it was a combination of interesting stories gotten from interviews and the results of a field study of like-minded individuals and businesses. It was an interesting and a thoroughly educative one all in all.

LEARNING POINTS

WHAT MAKES A BUSINESS A SMALL GIANT?

  • Mojo: The first thing to note about Small Giants is the soul of the business – the mojo. The thing that endears it to its community – customers, suppliers, employees and other stakeholders. The uniqueness about a company that is sometimes inexplicable but is obviously noticeable.
  • The freedom to choose: I wouldn’t say this is entirely freedom but more like the responsibility to decide which way to go rather than been automatically led towards growth; deciding whose definition of success are we go by. It involves being intentional about business growth instead of being shaped by outside forces. This is focal point about Small Giants. It is about leaders exercising their rights to chart the future of their company and deliberately choosing not to grow big but to work at being excellent at what they do and enriching the lives of those in and around them – their physical and psychological environment.

Companies choosing to remain small rather than dilute ownership; companies who choose to maintain independence and control on the type of business that they become without much external input; businesses that choose to be champions in one geographical area rather than nobody in the world scheme of things; Businesses that care about quality, excellence, and heightened customer satisfaction; Companies that care about their roots and community – Small Giants

  • The culture of intimacy: Small Giants have very close ties with their communities which is very different from the usual corporate responsibility but one that is mutual in that both parties benefit from each other whilst also helping each other. There is also a high level of understanding and mutual affection among employees in the workplace where they are endeared to the business and not coerced to function. These companies have values that permeate through almost every sphere of their business which are very clear to all stakeholders.

WHAT COMPELS BUSINESSES TO GROW?

Some pressures that business owners have to overcome or yield to as the business unfolds:

  • Socio-economic/ psychological: Everyone just assumes businesses are birth to become multinationals and make comments and/or push business owners towards that direction.
  • Owner’s personal ambition: This could easily be a fallout of the above point; when the society has expectations of you, it easily guides your personal goals for growing your business

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  • Suppliers: As suppliers grow, they expect you to grow with them and align you with their growth plans.
  • Competitors: Being small sometimes mean that you lose your voice in the midst of bigger competitor because you are not big enough to be heard. You could also be downtrodden if you are too small to withstand the impact of the elephants in your field.
  • Opportunities: Opportunities that come in earlier than planned.
  • Employees: After having being round most units and stayed in the business for long, your best employees cannot see a growth path for their careers; when you stay small.
  • Customers: when your clients expect you to provide your unique solution to wherever they may find themselves in future (geographic) or to expand your products to meet their basket of needs (product expansion).

 

THE FUTURE OF SMALL GIANTS: Whilst Small Giants face the issue of effective succession since most of all the distinctness, excellence and mojo could be lost during the transition if bought or passed down to future generations; they are everywhere making impact on their community at large. They are around us, among us and growing with us if we only just looked a little closer.

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Tosan’s take: I thoroughly enjoyed this book! You know when you just see a book that talks about all you have been trying to express but you seem to be alone on it. This is what Small Giants means to me. I have always asked my team the question – Should we strive to be Big or should be strive to be profitable? Although in our volume driven sector, this answer is not that straightforward, but this just goes a long way to validate my concerns in managing my business. Every business owner concerned about excellence or wants to maintain the original reason why they started the business should definitely read this book. For growing business owners out there, remember bigger isn’t always better.

Tipping point

My first review with mixed feelings. It’s one of those books you hate to love. I was drawn to the book by one of the acclaims for the book about it being a good read for marketers, so I went in with expectations on how to tip my sales! I was initially unsure but I soon understood just how that was going to happen as I read through this knowledge- packed book. I enjoyed it – Tosan A.

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