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Innovation

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Innovation: The imperative of leadership

It baffles me that a nation like Singapore with no oil, no mineral resource nor much land could develop into such a huge economy that is absorbing enormous capital from all over the world.
Innovation: The imperative of leadership

It baffles me that a nation like Singapore with no oil, no mineral resource nor much land could develop into such a huge economy that is absorbing enormous capital from all over the world.

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Innovation: The imperative of leadership
It baffles me that a nation like Singapore with no oil, no mineralresource nor much land could develop into such a huge economy thatis absorbing enormous capital from all over the world. You will remember that in the early sixties (60s) during theindependence, Nigeria was considered more successful in allramifications than Singapore. Nigeria on her part endowed with somuch mineral resources, land, oil and many other gifts from God, notforgetting the rare population of human resources, have not been ableto attempt such a quantum leap in terms of massive economicprosperity. We have instead witnessed such a major decline like neverbefore as a result of huge waste of resources meant for the commongood being channelled into private use and vanities of life.As I kept thinking about the progress that Singapore has witnessed, Ibegan to conclude that at the centre of their progress was anemergence of a leadership that stirred up the spirit of enterpriseamong each member of their society. They took their young people andinscribed in them the sense of urgency of achieving a vision that willhelp transform their nation into a wealthy economy where everybodywill benefit. The spirit of enterprise was let loose as necessity is alwaysknown to be the mother of invention. They stopped talking about their problems and dwelt on how theycould provide solutions and then this birthed a breakthrough of ideasand innovation that gave them a place amongst the very best in thisour competitive world.I have watched with interest how so many people that I meet each daykeep complaining about the routine nature of their jobs. The various job descriptions for different organisations including major Governmentagencies and the civil service on their own are a celebration of boredom and routine. The very nature of routine destroys the pursuit of productivity. Peopleon a daily basis continue to churn out results that are not encouragingin any bit.We must understand that in these times of uncertainty, only individualswho set goals clearly, define what they have set to achieve explicitlyand then sit down to strategize on how the processes can be improvedupon to produce a better result can withstand the wave of competition.Innovation therefore is the missing link between boredom andproductivity.
 
 The implementation of several Government ideas has always lackeddepth and that freshness of newness. People should just sit down andengage their thought in such a way that the results turn out differently. To innovate, involves pain and the truth is that most people run awayfrom any activity that require them engaging their minds in an intensemanner. You cannot as a leader in your field of endeavour afford to engage yourmind in a sustainable creative way.Innovation means stepping out of the tradition. It means new ways of doing things. It means daring to be different. It means the ability toorganize your thought process to enable you bring out a service orproduct that can give customers another level of experience.Innovation requires strategic forgetting of your old failures and justtrying it out again.Great institutions are products of the celebration of the spirit of innovation.Nigeria must become a nation that has men and women who will lookat government as a place where they can provide the citizens withservices that blow up their minds.Leaders must be committed to a thinking process that will ignite thespirit of innovation and creativity within the polity.Any policies of government must be thought –through beforeimplementation. I look forward to seeing a Minister of Health forinstance who would organize his directors to sit down and brainstormon the various policies of the ministry and come out withimplementation strategies that will not become business- as- usual. They could generate freshness in the execution of Governmentprojects. He must become an organizer of men and women in hisministry and make them become thinkers and then doers. The circle of action is the word.As my imagination continues to run wild, I imagined the Ministry of Health pioneering a consortium of the very best of Nigeria’sresearchers in the medical related fields with the single aim of inspiringand funding them to begin to search within like never before inproviding solutions; Permanent solutions, cure and generating vaccinesfor Malaria, HIV, and the like.Let it be heard that in Nigeria, solutions were found for issues givingthe world sleepless nights. Imagine for a few seconds that everyinstitution of Government adopts this innovative technique…..what can

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