How to manage your off-site staff

By Goke Ilesanmi

To be able to achieve business goals, managers need to build effective teams. They also need to define success in terms of the overall team performance and allow people to be responsible for the work they do. They need to provide their team members with necessary information and effectively coordinate subordinates to achieve productivity and profitability.

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Making employees your greatest asset

By Goke Ilesanmi


  More than ever before, employees are getting de-motivated due to many factors. One of these is delay in or outright lack of payment of salaries occasioned by the global economic downturn. But beyond the issue of delay in or outright lack of payment of salaries is the failure to motivate or recognise employees. Findings show that most businesses are set up to treat machines better than people. In most organisations, machines are investments while people are costs, despite voicing the cliché “People are our greatest asset”. What a great deceit! Corporate organisations should endeavour to restore some humanity to the workplace so as to get employees motivated.

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Career and danger of hoarding knowledge

By Goke Ilesanmi

   Last week, it was reported in some national dailies that employees of some affected organisations in a sub-sector of the Nigerian financial services industry were jittery over the likely outcome of a particular action to be taken by the regulator. The long and short of this is that they were (and probably still are) worried about what the likely outcome would be on their jobs. Today, too much concern about job security has given birth to a lot of negative manifestations in the workplace, among which is knowledge-hoarding. Research shows that knowledge-hoarding even flourishes in non-profit organisations in spite of their social missions.

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Promoting yourself in your workplace

By Goke Ilesanmi

It was a sunny Friday afternoon at Financial Standard, my last place of work, where I left as Acting Editor. A man who had earlier called me on phone came in, sweating profusely and almost gasping for breath. His facial expression betrayed his mood.

He was seriously sad because he had graduated for about five years from one of the reputable universities in Nigeria but could not get a job, despite having a second upper grade in Accounting. He even told me that his elder brother working somewhere else had promotion challenges, despite graduating with a second class upper grade in Economics.

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Difference between management and leadership

By Goke Ilesanmi


It is common to talk about leaders in Nigeria, for instance. But we have in most cases rulers not leaders, especially that our society has not really had the expected development. In the corporate environment, there are many managers but few leaders. That is why many organisations are not making any headway today.


Critical management elements

Five basic elements are critical to the success of any organisation. These are quality or unique product; proper timing; adequate capital; people resources; and effective management.  Among these five prerequisites, the most important one is the fifth one, that is, effective management.

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Successful Selling Solutions

Author: Julian Clay

Publisher: Thorogood Publishing

Reviewer: Goke Ilesanmi


Some businesses thrive better than others not because they produce better products or services but because they sell more than others through unique sales strategies. It is not out of place therefore to X-ray this text christened “Successful Selling Solutions”.


It is written by Julian Clay, a management consultant that specialises in selling techniques. After a successful career with Kodak, Clay developed his own consultancy, and his clients include the James McNaughton Group, ICI, Racal, Gillette and Novartis. He is the co-author of “The Sales Manager’s Desktop Guide”.

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Self-Motivation as a Tonic for Success

By Goke Ilesanmi

There is a saying that it is easy to take a horse to the river. But what is not easy is to force it to drink water there. This saying is also true when it comes to achievement of success. It is one thing to try to motivate somebody to achieve success in life. But your effort at inspiring the person may not achieve results until the person him- or herself is self-motivated. This is because one’s effort will be fruitless if in one’s absence, the person does not have the determination to be successful.

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Fundamentals of Effective Persuasive Communication

By Goke Ilesanmi


Being able to successfully persuade others to align with your view(s) or vote for you is a skill that can be developed through training and practice. Experience shows that many people approach persuasion in a way that makes it difficult for them to achieve success. The beginning of successful persuasion is to build trust and credibility so that you can be accorded attention by your audience.


Current electoral campaigns in Nigeria


The business of politics is very active at the moment in Nigeria as electoral campaigns have begun in a bid to persuade the electorate to vote for candidates of different political parties in the April 2011 general elections.

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101 Ways to Market Your Business

Author:  Andrew Griffiths

Publisher: Diamond Publishing

Reviewer: Goke Ilesanmi


For any business to survive and achieve profitability, it needs customers. To get enough customers, effective and strategic marketing is very important. Let us therefore examine this text entitled “101 Ways to Market Your Business” written by Andrew Griffiths.


Griffiths is a professional marketing consultant, as well as a director of an Australian company called The Marketing Professionals. Griffiths is an accomplished trainer and a reputable public speaker. He specialises in trouble-shooting for companies that are in dire need of professional advice on marketing and customer-related issues.

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It is difficult, if not impossible, to achieve effective communication and persuasion without entertaining your audience. Keeping your audience interested and involved by entertaining them is essential because you need their full attention to be able to disseminate your information.

Listening is hard work, especially at conferences, where people attend seminars lasting many hours. This is why individuals and corporate organisations now engage the services of stand-up comedians to complement (guest) speakers’ communication entertainment or completely entertain the audience in case (guest) speakers cannot entertain with their presentation. To minimise cost, those who can function as emcee/comedian are often engaged by organisations.

However, due to global economic downturn with its attendant business collapse and loss of jobs, most audience members do not find jokes funny because they are too sad to laugh. Such people need to be seriously, psychologically and intellectually motivated to be happy.

Therefore, organisations now need more than just an emcee and/or a comedian or the two-in-one emcee/comedian, but emcee/motivational/intellectual/comic speaker (four-in-one) to offer audience all-encompassing entertainment. The emcee/motivational/intellectual/comic speaker is somebody who can professionally coordinate proceedings, tell jokes and psychologically and intellectually motivate the audience, thus carrying everybody along.

In short, by international standards, modern-day corporate emcees must be professionals who can offer motivational, intellectual and comic entertainment in addition to the major emcee requirement of oratorical competence.

To entrench this all-round entertainment, modern-day emcees must go through courses in motivational speech, intellectual development and (corporate) humour guidelines, among others.

Professionals condemn the ignorant use of off-colour, intellectually-valueless or abusive jokes in an intellectual corporate setting by non-professional emcees or comedians, all in a bid to entertain the audience.

GOKE ILESANMI, a Professional Public Speaker, Motivational Speaker and Language/Communication Specialist, is a perfect blend of the all-round professional competence prescribed for a modern-day corporate emcee.
Find below his profile:

GOKE ILESANMI, Editor-in-Chief/CEO of; Managing Consultant/CEO of Gokmar Communication Consulting and former Acting Editor of Financial Standard newspaper, is a Professional Public Speaker.

Ilesanmi, a motivational, intellectual and comical corporate emcee is a renowned language and communication expert; versatile journalist and columnist; motivational speaker; editorial consultant; career management coach and corporate leadership expert.

He is an International PLATINUM Columnist with the U.S.A-based, an authoritative international website currently having about 500,000 international columnists, mostly whites. Ilesanmi has also won Best Columnist and Expert Author awards from site and therefore inducted into HALL OF FAME on 8th October, 2010. The insignia of the awards is on his global website

A former lecturer at the Ondo State Polytechnic (now Rufus Giwa Polytechnic), Lagos Campus, he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Literary Studies from the University of Ado-Ekiti. Ilesanmi, a holder of Professional Certificates in Public Speaking is an exceptional Motivational Speaker and versatile Master of Ceremonies (MC). He is a member of the international Professional Speakers and Seminar Leaders Group; Global Career, Life, Executive and Business Coaches Network; Harvard Business Review Group; Lagos Business Club, Nigeria/West Africa; First Business Alliance Group; Motivation Nation Group, among others.

A columnist at The Nation newspaper, he writes his popular columns Empowerment Clinic and Workplace Matters on Mondays; and Book Review and Business Communication on Wednesdays in the paper.

A voracious reader, he has read dictionaries several times and reviewed about 2,000 books covering Business Communication, Business Management, Entrepreneurship, Public Speaking, Human Resource Management, Leadership, Public Relations, Marketing/Selling, Personal Effectiveness, etc., in his Book Review columns that have run for about ten years now in the Nigerian mass media and online.

A man of commendable hardwork and exemplary excellence, Ilesanmi has attained many accomplishments. Among these are:

•Ilesanmi was engaged as MC by Artec Practice Ltd, 2, Euphrates Street, off Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja, for the End-the-Year Dinner/ISO 9001:2008 Certificate Presentation which held on Thursday, 17th December, 2015 at Chopsticks, Maitama, Abuja. He was repeatedly showered with standing ovation for high level of professionalism and relevant and mature corporate entertainment.

•Ilesanmi was engaged as MC during the inauguration party for Hon Uzamat Moremi Akinbile-Yusuf, Lagos State Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, on Monday October 19, 2015 in Lagos. He was applauded for professional coordination of the event.

•Ilesanmi was engaged as MC during the PRAISE NIGHT of the Choir of the Christ Apostolic Church, Oke-Ife 1, Ikeja Zonal Headquarters, Iju-Ishaga, Lagos, on Friday, 25th September, 2015. He was given standing ovation for creative coordination.

•He was engaged as Corporate M.C. by HR Guide Magazine on Friday, 22nd November, 2013 during the national summit tagged The Role of the Organised Private Sector in the Quest for a Corruption-Free Nation which held at Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, Lekki, Lagos. Ilesanmi was greatly commended by the participants for unique and professional coordination of proceedings. In short, Mr. Idorenyen Enang, Country Managing Director, L’OREAL, Central West Africa had to say he (Ilesanmi) should be given a round of applause for “unique” delivery.

•Ilesanmi was engaged as Emcee for the wedding reception of Mr. and Mrs. Abraham and Abiodun Alabi which held at Old Winners’ Chapel Auditorium, Laspotech Road, Ikorodu, on Saturday, 24th August, 2013. He was showered with repeated applause by the audience, including Barrister (Mrs.) Ifeoma Adeniyi, Council member, Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria; the couple; their extended family members, etc., for effective time management, brilliant display of intellectual, motivational, comical and oratorical skills.

•Ilesanmi was engaged as Emcee for the wedding reception of Mr. and Mrs. Segun and Sade Fagite which held in the hall of St. Kizito Catholic Church, Station Bus-stop, Iju, Lagos on Saturday, 18th May, 2013. He was applauded repeatedly for exceptional radiation of intellectual, motivational, comical and oratorical skills and time consciousness by the large audience.

•Ilesanmi was engaged as Emcee by Sofunix International Schools, 2/4, Owolabi Close, by Bible College Bus-stop, off Sango Otta, Ogun State on Saturday, 28th July, 2012 during the Pioneer Valedictory Service for SSS3 Students and Fourth Graduation Ceremony. He was commended by the school authorities and guests for brilliantly coordinating the event and imparting knowledge.

•Ilesanmi was engaged as Emcee by Rickey Tarfa & Co (Legal Practitioners & Notaries Public) on Saturday, 10th September, 2011 for the send-off dinner organised in honour of Barrister Odubela Segun John, the former Head of Chambers of Rickey Tarfa & Co appointed as Honourable Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology by Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State. The dinner held at Michael Angello Events Centre, Mulliner Towers (NNPC Building), 39, Kingsway Road, Ikoyi, Lagos.

He was repeatedly applauded at the dinner for high level of professionalism as a result of his oratorical distinction; creative, intellectual and motivational jokes; energetic presentation; exemplary courtesy; effective coordination, etc., by the high-profile and intellectual audience, including the following people:

(1) Rt. Hon. Muyiwa Oladipo, former Speaker, Ogun State House of Assembly and now Honourable Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs

(2) Mr. Gbenga Otenuga, Honourable Commissioner for Youth and Sport, Ogun State.

(3) Dr. (Prince) Lanre Tejuosho, Honourable Commissioner for Special Duties, Ogun State.

(4) Alhaji Fari Bayo, Honourable Commissioner for Environment, Ogun State.

(5) Otunba Bimbola Ashiru, Honourable Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Ogun State.

(6) Alhaji Adesegun Solarin, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Ogun State.

(7) Barrister Oluwole Iyamu, Chairman, Edo State Law Review Commission.

(8) Chief Oladele Fajemirokun, Chairman, AIICO Insurance Plc

(9) Dr. Jonathan Long, Chairman, First City Monument Bank Plc

(10) Mr. Zira Maigadi, former Chairman, AP Plc

(11) Mr. Rajan Vaswani, Group Managing Director, Vee Pee Industies Ltd

(12) Mr. Lekan Adewoye, Group Managing Director, Sunlenk Group of Companies

(13) Alhaji Hakeem Awe, Chairman, Island Club

(14) Mr.A.B. Nyako, Company Secretary/Legal Adviser, NDIC

(15) Rickey Mustapha Tarfa, SAN, Principal Counsel, Rickey Tarfa & Co

(16) Honourable Justice S.O. Hunponu Wusu, Consultant, Rickey Tarfa & Co

(17) Honourable Justice Abdullahi Mustapha

(18) Mr. Tunji Sosanya, Managing Director, Foresight Microfinance Bank Ltd

(19) Mr. Taiwo Taiwo, Chairman, NBA Lagos Branch

(20) Mr. Martins Ogunleye,Vice-chairman, NBA Lagos Branch

(21) Mr. Felix Morke, Secretary, NBA Lagos Branch

(22) Chief Mike Igbokwe, SAN

(23) Mr. Sina Sofola, SAN

(24) Mr. Jolu Oguntunde, SAN

(25) Chief Anthony Idigbe, SAN

(26) Mr. Babajide Koku, SAN

(27) Mr. Kemi Pinheiro, SAN

(28) Mr. Yele Delano, SAN

(29) Mr. Abiodun Owonikoko, SAN

(30) Dr. Tunji Abimbola, Special Adviser on Education to Governor Ibikunle Amosun

(31) Dr. Adewale Ayuba, Founder/Chairman, Bonsue Fuji

(32) Rev J.S.A Oladele, Founder, The City of the Lord Church Worldwide

(33) Mr. Segun Jolaawo, Deputy Head of Chambers, Rickey Tarfa & Co

(34) Lady Nkasi Nnyamah Onyung, MD/CEO, KNG Energy Ltd

•Ilesanmi was engaged as Emcee by Mr. Sola Oni, former Principal Manager, Corporate Affairs, Nigerian Stock Exchange, on Saturday, 23rd October, 2010 during his (Mr. Oni’s) 50th birthday celebration, which held on the premises of the Christ Anglican Church, Anglican Communion Diocese of Lagos West, 10, Okuta Road, Bariga, Lagos. He was lauded for effective coordination and professionalism.

•Ilesanmi was engaged as Emcee by Mr. Bolade Hambolu of the Ministry of Solid Minerals, Abuja, during his wedding ceremony at Ekinrin-Adde, Kogi State in 1999. He was commended for brilliant coordination of the event.

•Ilesanmi was chosen as Emcee for the End-of-the-Year Party/Fund-raising Ceremony of Onicha Ngwa Community Secondary School, Onicha Ngwa, Abia State in 1997. He was showered with standing ovation for exemplary oratory and professional management of the event.

•Ilesanmi was engaged as Emcee by the students of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun in 1992, during their get-together party at Ikare Akoko, Ondo State.

•Ilesanmi was invited by Minaj Broadcasting International (MBI) as a Guest on the A.M. programme between 8.30 a.m. and 9.00 a.m. on Monday, 12th April, 2004 to speak on the topic English Usage in Nigeria, Role of the Media and General Communication Implications of Nigerianism in English.

•He was consulted by BD Consult, a public relations firm at Magodo Estate, Lagos to facilitate an in-house training programme tagged Effective Public Speaking and Business Presentation on Monday, 18th and Friday, 22nd June, 2012. Ilesanmi was lauded by the participants for exceptionally-brilliant training.

•He was consulted by QuaDitect Consultants at Plot 2, Euphrates Street, off Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja to facilitate an in-house training programme tagged Effective Public Speaking and Business Presentation on Saturdays, 3rd and 10th March and Sundays, 4th and 11th March, 2012. Ilesanmi was commended by the participants for detailed and brilliant training.

•Ilesanmi was consulted by the Anyiam-Osigwe Foundation in 2003 to edit some of its Lecture Series books containing the works of eminent figures such as the Right Honourable John Major, former British Prime Minister; General Yakubu Gowon, former Nigerian Head of State; Senator Bola Tinubu, former Governor of Lagos State; Professor Chike Edozien, the Asagba of Asaba and Professor (Mrs.) Joy Ogwu, former Director-General, Nigerian Institute of International Affairs. He was later commended by the Foundation Co-ordinator, Mr. Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe for excellent editing.

•He was commended for exceptional brilliance in Syntax (Grammar) in 1995 by Professor Olu Olagoke, author of Incorruptible Judge and one of the foremost linguists in Africa.

•Ilesanmi was commended in writing in 2006 by His Royal Highness, Professor G.O. Nwankwo (OON) for book review brilliance.

•Ilesanmi was invited by the Department of Human Kinetics and Health Education, Faculty of Education, University of Lagos on 4th December, 2008 to do public review of the text Modern Trends in Sports Administration and Management written by Dr. Joseph Awoyinfa. He was given standing ovation and called Professor there by lecturers and guests due to brilliant review.

•He was invited by the former Gatewaybank Plc on Wednesday, 7th April, 2004 for the facilitation of a training programme on Business Writing and Communication Skills for its new management trainees. He was greatly commended by the participants and the training manager for excellent display of knowledge. He was later told to propose another training programme meant for officers of the bank.
•He was invited by Sofunix International Schools, 2/4, Owolabi Close, by Bible College Bus-stop, off Sango Otta, Ogun State to facilitate the training programme for the staff, with the theme Danger of Nigerianism in English to Global Competitiveness/Online Relevance of Sofunix International Schools, on Tuesday, 5th April, 2011. He was showered with accolades for excellent facilitation.

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*Goke Ilesanmi, a Professional Public Speaker is:
*Columnist at The Nation Newspaper (Every Monday)
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*Former Acting Editor of Financial Standard
*Former Columnist/Editorial Consultant at Business World Newspaper

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