12 Inspiring Books You Need To Get Acquainted With #SpotOn

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The most powerful motivator isn’t money; it’s the opportunity to learn, grow in responsibilities, contribute, and be recognized. – Frederick Herzberg

This Sunday on my way back from church I was drawn to purchase a book- There Was A Country by Chinua Achebe and every page has been really captivating and enlightening. I was attracted to this book because of three things.

First, The Content, Someone once said that those who are oblivious of history are likely to repeat the same mistakes, which if you study global patterns, you discover that this is very true. Secondly, The Author; you will agree with me that Chinua Achebe has left an indelible mark in our country’s sands of time but more importantly, a book is a reflection of the author and you better understand his outlook through his literary executions. Finally, you’re what you know (and apply), not what you want to know. There seems to be a dearth of readers in Africa and ultimately leaders or half-baked leaders in the country.

Which brings me to this edition of #SpotOn, one remarkable response I keep getting from previous #SpotOn guests when asked about their bests books is ”I read a lot which often times even make it difficult to even select three.’’ That I believe, should say something to aspiring leaders, you really cannot go far if you are not a reader.If you invest more in trivial things then you need to watch it. Like it has been rightly said that the leaders of {today} are those who can learn, unlearn and relearn.

I have been able to do a cursory review of the books #SpotOn guests have found very attractive and I believe you also get familiar with them not because you want to show that you’re a reader but it is what you know that pops-out in time of need.

12) HOW WILL YOU MEASURE YOUR LIFE BY CLAYTON CHRISTENSEN: Using lessons from some of the world’s greatest businesses, applying his theories about disruptive innovation, and drawing personal examples from his own life, Christensen puts forward questions which would ultimately help lead a successful and happy life.

The principles of resource allocation can help people attain happiness at home. If not managed masterfully, what emerges from a firm’s resource allocation process can be very different from the strategy management intended to follow. That’s true in life too: If you’re not guided by a clear sense of purpose, you’re likely to fritter away your time and energy on obtaining the most tangible, short-term signs of achievement, not what’s really important to you.

11) THE SECRET BY RHONDA BRYNE:

Fragments of a Great Secret have been found in the oral traditions, in literature, in religions and philosophies throughout the centuries. The Secret contains wisdom from modern-day teachers — men and women who have used it to achieve health, wealth, and happiness.

10)  THE MASTER KEY SYSTEM BY CHARLES HAANEL:

This book is rumoured to be what inspired Bill Gates to leave Harvard and start Microsoft. Haanel uses precise logic and a consistent, common-sense frame-work to present the way we can achieve what we most desire in life.

 

9) THE NEW IQ BY TRACY AND ROSS ALLOWAY:

What determines the strength of our working memory? How does it change over the course of our lives and is there anything we can do to improve its capability? These are fundamental questions Tracy and Ross answers in this book. \

8)  MASTERY BY ROBERT GREENE:

Mastery synthesizes the years of research Robert Greene conducted while writing the international bestsellers The 48 Laws of PowerThe 33 Strategies of War, and The Art of Seduction and demonstrates that the ultimate form of power is mastery itself. By analysing the lives of such past masters as Charles Darwin, Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, and Leonard da Vinci.

7) THINK AND GROW RICH BY NAPOLEON HILL:

Think and Grow Rich is a modern day classic filled with ideas which have the power to change your life and set you upon the path of learning and self-development. This book conveys the experience of more than 500 men of great wealth, who began at scratch, with nothing to give in return for riches except THOUGHTS, IDEAS and ORGANIZED PLANS.

6) SPREADABLE MEDIA BY HENRY JENKINS, SAM FORD, AND JOSHUA GREEN:

“If it doesn’t spread, it’s dead.” This catchy marketing slogan is, happily, only found on the book jacket of Spreadable Media. Following up on the hugely influential Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide, this book challenges some of the prevailing metaphors and frameworks used to describe contemporary media, from biological metaphors like “memes” and “viral” to the concept of “Web 2.0” and the popular notion of “influencers.” Examining the nature of audience engagement, the environment of participation, the way appraisal creates value, and the transnational flows at the heart of these phenomena.

5) HOW TO BUILD A BILLION APP– GEORGE BERKOWSKI:

How to Build a Billion Dollar App takes a comprehensive look at how the world’s top apps reached billion-dollar valuations written by the founder of Hailo- a taxi hailing app. This book gives a chilling and fresh insight into the inside stories of Guys like Instagram, Whatsapp, Clash of Clans.

If you have that billion dollar app in your head then this is your book.

 

4) ZERO TO ONE BY PETER THIEL:

Thiel begins with the contrarian premise that we live in an age of technological stagnation, even if we’re too distracted by shiny mobile devices to notice. Information technology has improved rapidly, but there is no reason why progress should be limited to computers or Silicon Valley. Progress can be achieved in any industry or area of business. It comes from the most important skill that every leader must master: learning to think for yourself.

3)   PAID TO THINK BY DAVID GOLDSMITH:

In Paid to Think, international consultant David Goldsmith presents his ground-breaking approach to leadership and management based on research revealing the twelve specific activities that all leaders perform on a daily basis, and he provides you with each activity’s accompanying tools and instructions proven to boost your performance and that of your entire organization.

2) THE ALCHEMIST BY PAUL COELHO:

Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found.

The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us, as only a few stories can, about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, above all, following our dreams.

  1. THE BIBLE: A timeless and relevant book that constantly instructs, guides and sheds light into human gloominess.

 

What has been your most inspiring book, Thus far? Kindly share in the comment box.

FEEBLE DEFENDERS: THE MASS MEDIA AS GUARDIANS OF DEMOCRACY IN NIGERIA Authors: Victor Ayedun-Aluma and Olusegun w. Ojomo

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This article examines the Nigerian mass media from a functional perspective. One of the basic functions of the mass media according to Lasswell, Wright and Mc Quail, is the watchdog or surveillance function were the media is viewed as a defender and protector of the public interest.

Bringing this to the day to day operation of the media with and within the Nigerian state; can we say the Nigerian mass media can defend democracy? To what extent, can they defend democracy in Nigeria? Do they have an environment that encourages the defence of democracy? Are they equipped and properly positioned for this national duty? If they are would they be successful in this cause?

In answering these questions one needs to take a critical outlook on the current state of the Nigerian mass media; the factors that shape the Nigerian mass media environment, the direct or indirect influence of this environment on the media either externally or internally; the overall effect of this on the media’s basic function as it applies to socio-political development of the nation.

Explicitly beginning on a pessimistic outlook, the authors disguise no truth as they lay the contextual basis on which one can rightly assert that the media is capable of defending its national integrity and democracy. Such media must be willing, enlightened, equipped, and capable. They must be faithful brokers of the nation’s trust and loyal stewards of social justice.

However where does the Nigeria mass media stand. Are they even “standing”? A critical review of the condition and environment of the Nigerian mass media will definitely show that they are not strong enough to defend the crumbling walls of an already weak democracy. It seems we have standing on our watch feeble defenders, unarmed and unfortified for the imminent “war”.

To properly dissect the Nigerian mass media against the back drop of its role in democracy, we have to understand what it means to “defend democracy” what exactly does it mean to defend democracy? Where does democracy begin and where do we draw the lines? Do we even have democracy in Nigeria? Do we expect the Nigerian mass media to defend what does not exist or what it is incapable of protecting?
To defend democracy entails the agents of democracy ‘taking measures that cancel the effect(s) of the aggressive actions taken by the agents of anti-democracy”. It is to battle with and triumph over the enemies of democracy.

The basic assumption of democracy is that everyone has equal rights and so opens up the greatest possible liberty. Anti-democracy however, is not founded on these political liberties that constitute democracy.

This being said are needs to identify and examine it external (and internal) environment-including the resources needed by the mass media in defending democracy-if at all it exists. That is, which aspects of Nigerian media’s environment and resources are supporting democracy as well as relishing and ending anti-democracy.

The average media houses are unprofitable and have weak economy-largely depending on foreign media to deliver. According to Utomi (1999:25) “This means that many newspapers are vulnerable… The vulnerability of these newspapers to small disruptions in the economy sometimes leads their publishers to accept special projects from government through various agencies, not excluding the security agencies …” This reflects the quality of new generated from our news houses- which are largely “second-hand”.

OUR CHANCES
If at all the media attempt to defend democracy, what are their chances of survival or success? The dominant image portrayed in this article is that of a weak and disadvantaged media. They are “poor, polarized, urban-based, technologically unsophisticated and uninsured against attack”.
The Nigeria democratic profile is also a seemingly feeble shadow of a nation we long for but do not belong to. After threats to national democracy, after independence in 1960, Nigeria regained her “democratic” state in 1999. But this disguised freedom only enmeshes her in a state of continual dependence on foreign democracies and local anti-democratic powers.

The democracy as it is now is disguised, because from a distance one could assume that the Nigerian mass media is defending democracy, but upon a closer look, it’s the other way round. The forces of anti-democracy in Nigeria have more far-reaching effects than we anticipate; it has been entrenched deep into the Nigerian society. To expect them, as they are to defend democracy therefore, is to assume first a total liberation whether by themselves or other agents of the media from the grip of anti-democracy. Without this the media remains fettered and enmeshed in the blind resistance of a system it belongs to.

The Authors concluded by proffering solutions that can make the mass media robust defenders of democracy, key amongst them is the reengineering of the media environment which will involve mass education on principles and procedures of democracy as well as upgrading of communication, telecommunications, and transportation infrastructure.