This book is thematically about how managers and managers can motivate employees in the workplace. The use of the word “Barnabas” in the title is just to emphasize the need for every organization to have corporate catalysts similar to the Bible Barnabas. Business catalysts are the ones that influence others to think effectively and create positive results in the workplace. Therefore, this text entitled “Lines of Barnabas” could not have come at a better time.
Alex Okoh, author of this text is the managing partner of Ashford & McGuire Consulting. Okoh has different experience in banking and consulting. He was CEO / CEO of NNB International Bank Plc, Nigeria from 2001 to 2005. Okoh holds a Master of Sociology from University of Benin, Edo State, Nigeria and Master of Science degree in Banking and Finance from University of Ibadan, Oyo State , Nigeria. He is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.
Okoh says life’s challenges require more than just physical attributes and capacity to overcome. He adds that he has discovered that motivation or emotional composition is also a critical factor for successfully navigating the undulating terrain of life in a way that brings about internal harmony. Okoh stresses, however, that it is surprising that this intangible but critical element is not given the required attention to emphasize the enormous catalytic role it plays in bringing questions into the relevant perspectives for appropriate action.
This author says that when he was appointed CEO / CEO of NNB International Bank Plc, which needed a quick turnaround in 2001, he soon discovered that the more he gave to achieve success, the more frustrated he became. , to the extent that he felt like giving up. As a way out of the seemingly insurmountable challenge, he says in 2002, I began sending electronic inspirational messages to the entire bank staff every Monday morning. Okoh adds that this strategy seemed wonderful as employees were extremely motivated to work for the organization.
This writer says in 2004 that I expanded the audience beyond the organization and changed the text messages accordingly, as I realized (and still realize) that problems that many people had (and still have) to contend with were (and are) beyond professional occupations and engagements. He exposes that when the text messages began to challenge storage, he had no other option but to quickly document them in a book form. The result is this book.
Structurally, this text is divided into 100 chapters. Chapter 1 is entitled “Challenging the Challenges”. Here, Okoh argues that calm seas never produce good sailors. He adds that, for good reason, he believes that, due to light circumstances, hardly produces hard competence. The author exposes that brilliant military commanders are usually the ones who have handled tough engagements and many times overcame them. Okoh emphasizes that the most important characteristic is that, regardless of the outcome of the negotiations, they emerge from lessons learned that are valuable for future occasions.
The author, of course, says that we mostly despise the discomfort or harassment of our comfortable space, preferring the softness of calmness rather than the harsh fitness that is fitted when given the capacity to handle the turbulence. In the words of Okoh: “The creeks may be calm, but they can only produce canoeists. The hard sea is the crucible where sturdy sailors are nurtured.”
Chapter Two is based on the topic of being motivated. Here, the author says you have probably seen the TV commercial showing a toddler taking her first precarious steps in life in response to the fascinating attraction of a ringtone. Okoh educates that this is motivation. He emphasizes that this is generated by emotion and which leads to efforts to do something that is otherwise considered impossible or not previously attempted. Okoh adds that motivation gives people the impetus to move away from their fears toward their desirable destiny. The author states that God also places cell phones with fascinating ringtones that encourage us to walk away from our fears.
In chapters three to twenty, Okoh shines his analytical spotlight on concepts such as continuing; standing strong; will be updated will and ability; turning the tide; positive attitude; be renewed; just move on; and get the goal control. Others are: choose your reality; pushing the lid; happy tunes; flowing with his tide; becoming persistent; remains occupied; to be expectant; source of greatness; and words capable of commanding destinations.
Chapter 21 is baptized “read on him”. Here, Okoh says every event in life portrays a potential learning experience. He adds that even those who are not so comfortable will still help strengthen our preventive or defensive mechanisms to handle similar situations in the future. A New Day therefore presents a fresh platform to enhance one’s positive experiences while seeking new ones, the author emphasizes. He says that as we move forward in life, our sorting mechanisms become sharper to spot problems that show possible negative results before they bud.
In chapters 22 to 40, Okoh X-rays describe concepts such as slow bumps; existential issues; it’s your script; only his time matters; feeling insecure; opportunities in thorns; making excuses; waiting for fate; and the importance of today. The remaining concepts are: key into his grace; is passed; at your pace; in addition to your experiences; He is always persistent; tuning up; go off; restaureringstid; to see the positive; and God is everywhere.
Chapter 41 has the thematic focus of optimism. Okoh emphasizes the need for you to look forward to an exciting future with a lot of optimism. He adds that this is the frame of mind that looks beyond any difficulty because, as the saying goes, “an optimist seeks the opportunity in the difficulty, while a pessimist seeks the difficulty in the opportunity”. Okoh argues that it is quite rare to see an opportunity that presents itself alone without being brought together by perceived difficulties.
In chapters 42 to 60, I have explored concepts that are over; strength for the race; riding the stream; embedding in his ability; it’s just around the corner; winning attitude; seize the season; desired success; and works for good. Others are: pursuing the dream; a life of service; lack of planning; divine tools; choose your growth; your heart; to be diligent; soaring in hope; to make the immediate count; and press forward.
Chapter 61 is entitled “Going After The Goal”. According to Okoh, it is a new opportunity to engage your hopes. He emphasizes that someone said that the US Constitution only guarantees the pursuit of happiness, but that you yourself must obtain it. The author claims that this is a situation that many people can identify with and he guesses that it is just as much why you are up in the morning and treading your path of endeavor. Okoh says as long as there is movement in the right direction, success is a matter of time.
In chapters 62 to 80, Okoh discusses concepts such as judgment being yours; initially; challenges in building you; sharpen your vision; all capable of being well; replenishment insurance; remaining optimistic; it is pouring; and go with insight. Others are: ability to think; listening attentively; just trust enough; maintaining the pace of aspiration; step over temporal dents; God as faithful; things not yet seen; row of jewels; it’s all in your hand; and live your potential.
Chapter 81 is based on the topic of vision and dream. Okoh says the future is pregnant with a whole new set of opportunities. In his words, “People talk about vision and goals sometimes with the perspective of some utopian, invincible ideals. I think that’s not the purpose of the exercise, because any dream that can’t be done is probably not worth having. can actually produce more emotional pain than relief and cause what you might call negative motivation. “
In chapters 82 to 100, Okoh examines subject matters such as age and mileage; treasures within; hope to sustain life; appreciate life; to find your grass; unfold His awesome; imagine the future; learning curve; and preparing for opportunity. The remaining are: victorious disposition; your talent; amidst the uncertainty; the importance of his report; hard times; opportunity for disguise defeat from thinking; regardless of your experience; to take the positive; and his reverence.
Using stylistic assessment, this text is unique. Okoh uses the literary technique for de-familiarity, otherwise called metaphor as a technique in the book’s title. Through this, he is able to create excitement, arouse curiosity by referring to a corporate catalyst like Barnabas and maintaining reading interest. The title also passes for biblical allusion. By using this biblical allusion, those already familiar with the story of Barnabas in the Bible will clearly understand the book’s message. Furthermore, the print quality is very high and the layout very eye-friendly, especially that only two pages are assigned to each chapter. And each chapter is embroidered with a luminous quote. The cover design of the outer front cover is simple and communicative that motivation is a silent and strategic endeavor.
The author is able to give credence to the faith and challenge the readers because it is based on his own personal experience. Because it is based on his personal experience, he is able to naturally combine autobiographical and eye-of-God narrative techniques and assume the role of an omniscient narrator to offer details. The language is also mature.
However, some errors are noted in the text. These are “recognition” instead of recognition “(page iii);” master degree “(outer back) instead of” graduate degree “;” live your potentials “(page 159), instead of” live your potential. “Note:” Potential “is an innumerable noun, and the lexicographic symbol showing its grammatical behavior reads” U, “meaning innumerable nouns. Although the title of the text creates excitement and draws attention, it would have been better to use a direct or literal title to appeal to a wider audience who may not be Christian or may not know anything about the life story of the Apostle Barnabas. This is a must-read for executives, entrepreneurs and organizations who are prepared to achieve results through an effective employee motivation strategy.