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.