Ngozi Adebiyi Self-Publishes Debut Book ‘Grow!’


Solomon Elusoji

The CEO and Lead Consultant of OutsideIn HR, a human resource consulting and coaching firm, Ngozi Adebiyi has launched her first book “Grow!”, a compilation of articles about life, leadership and business.

“It is about asking the question ‘why are we here’ and ‘why do we need to do better in the workplace,’” Adebiyi told THISDAY at the public release of the book in Lagos, recently. “I wanted to challenge people. I believe that as a leader you have the space to make a difference.”

‘Grow!’, which was self-published, is a book that “reads both as an invitation and a guide at the same time,” a statement from Ms. Adebiyi said. “It speaks directly to people looking to make a difference, move mountains and become more impactful in their career, workplace and at entrepreneurial endeavours.”

“Ngozi Adebiyi’s passion and desire to see people, organisations and the society make positive shifts is evident in the words she carefully and accurately captures in the chapters of this book. In a succinct way, she sheds light on how to effectively grow regardless of the field you operate in. How she juxtaposes etiquettes, culture and character traits, illustrates the balance and wisdom she’s gathered from her rich and well decorated career as an HR expert and Consultant having worked with several leading firms such Arthur Andersen, Guinness, KPMG and Reckitt Benckiser.”

There are 88 articles in the book and each can be taken as a nugget. Designed in byte-sizes, the articles had previously been published in BusinessDay and online blog, BellaNaija.

Former Chairman of KPMG Africa, who wrote the book’s foreword, said: “I spent 38 years of my working career at Andersen and KPMG. During this period, I was Chief Executive of those firms for 20 years. In retrospect, my leadership at these two outstanding firms would have been better enhanced if I had the benefit of reading Ngozi Adebiyi’s amazingly insightful book ‘Grow’.”
He added that the book “contains practical advice for running an organisation, managing careers and succeeding in today’s complex and dynamic workplace.”

An author, Temitope Fajingbesi-Balogun also praised the book, noting that it was ideal for entrepreneurs, managers and employees who don’t want to fit in but stand out.
‘Grow!’ is available in leading bookstores in Lagos and also on Amazon and Kindle.