Book Reviews

Book Reviews

As consultants we read a lot of books… We have to, as we are often called upon to act as experts in certain projects and assignments. One of the ways to keep up with the latest trends and methods is to read books. Reading a book allows you to really get into the depth of a specific topic.

This is often not the case with short blog articles. Academic articles on the other hand can be too complicated and it may go over the heads of most.Therefore reading a book is sort of the middle ground. With this article we are introducing a new section on our website where we will review some of the important books we have read recently. 

We covered some reason in the introduction to this article, but you may still ask why this is important and if you do some searches on the internet (and read the articles that come up) the following reasons are postulated.

“Reading one hour per day in your chosen field will make you an international expert in 7 years.” According to the www.pickthebrain.com blog. It is probably debatable how this blog got to that statement, and it may also be appropriate to investigate who initially said this, but according to the blog, this is how they arrived at this incredible statistic:

  • 25% of people have not read a book in the last year
  • 46% of adults score in the lowest two levels of literacy
  • Reading frequency declines after age eight

Brian Tracy wrote on his blog: “If you read only one book per month, that will put you into the top 1% of income earners in our society. But if you read one book per week, 50 books per year, that will make you one of the best educated, smartest, most capable and highest paid people in your field. Regular reading will transform your life completely.”

Another source that expands on this point is the book that Malcolm Gladwell wrote called “Outliers”. He posited the 10’000 hour rule. This rule suggests that in order to become an expert at something you need 10’000 hours of practice. 10’000 hours is equal to 4 hours per working day (5 days a week) times 10 years. This is roughly the equivalent amount of time it takes to complete a Ph.D.

So to recap, in this section of the website we will review some books we have read and we trust that this may inspire you to read more and gain greater understanding of the field of human sciences and HR in particular in Namibia.