I had mentioned in the first part that I believe our desire to see change and renaissance all over Africa may continue to be a mirage until we are able to make the kind of investments through self-improvements that can make a critical mass of our people to be the kind of person I want to talk about today. I want to introduce you to who you must be if you have to be a critical part of the change we seek. It doesn’t matter what you are trying to do. Whether you an entrepreneur, politician, career mogul, actor, police officer, military personnel, medical practitioner or social worker, no matter what you do, you must be this kind of individual or you will be part of those just mouthing change. Our situation as a people requires another kind of way we must apply ourselves to be able to see the solutions with the bearing to lift our societies and our people. The government can help here by making the right policy investments to ensure our educational system for example is churning out individuals in the 3D-EPSP bracket; but beyond the government, this is one thing that waiting for the government or anyone to do for you is a sincere crime against your personal development, effectiveness and relevance. To pass this buck or discount this responsibility is a self-defining-mediocre effort to keep yourself small and average. Nigeria needs you to be 3D-EPSP. Africa needs you to be 3D-EPSP. 3D-EPSP is an acronym for three dimensional effective problem solving people.
Today, I am dealing with these as thoroughly as I can and show how it works for our socio-economic and political realities both as a continent and as a people. If we can have a little less than 1% of our population across the nation and the larger continent to be able to function in the mold I described on in the first part of this piece, as well as the kind of posture I will describe today, it will not be very long before our genius and transformation will emerge.
See, our country and our continent is filled will problems of all kinds, known and unknown. As much as we think our known problems are, they are extremely few compared to our unknown problems. We cannot adequately cater for the masses of our people if a significant number of our population cannot provide solution to our known and most critically unknown problems, yet prevailing. We need people to function perpetually and simultaneously in three dimensions. In their first dimension, our people must be the kind of persons who through experience, training or talents have a very strong underlining psyche of perpetually expecting to identify loopholes in every existing structure, system, style, project, idea, etc, no matter how successful. No system can exist in its perfect state of existence. There is an incompleteness about everything existing today that allows those coming after to have something to do. The perfection of existence today will eliminate meaning, relevance and continuity tomorrow. If things can be perfect today, tomorrow’s people are unnecessary and the world will end now. It is our imperfections that drive our continuity. Since that is true, what is incomplete should not shock anyone. What is incomplete is a tool that must be engaged to create value about all things that define continuity for those coming after.
Anyone existing in the 1st dimension is the one who through experience, training or talents have a very strong underlining psyche of perpetually expecting to identify loopholes in every existing structure, system, style, project, idea, or what have you. That person will spot the incompleteness in everything. That person will spot the loophole and vacuum in everything. That person will somehow always be the one to spot the next level of everything. We need a significant number of our people in this dimension. Then, in the 2nd dimension, people will be able to function in the 1st dimension spotting loopholes, imperfections and problems both known and unknown, but are also then, by reason of use, sustain a RAPID RESPONSE MENTAL POSTURE (RRMP©) elastic enough to not only understand the problem they find in their 1st dimension but also design, build, and sustain solutions-blue prints to solve those problems. Also, with the RAPID RESPONSE MENTAL POSTURE (RRMP©) of their 2nd dimension, they are also able to solve problems they never saw before or and those never envisaged.
Then, in the third dimension, people have enough talent, skill sets or experience to dwarf problems of the type they have seen and consistently conquered before, between their 1st and 2nd dimensions; and to create templates for those coming after to be able to do the same. That’s legacy. 3D-EPSP will help Nigeria and the continent as a whole to produce the kind of people with the competency to bring to the market and to the world in general, a stream of new and improved, value added solutions, products and services that enable the institutions and organizations achieve higher margins and profits to re-invest in the system. 3D-EPSP is the strength of innovation. Innovation is the successful exploitation of new ideas. Incorporating new technologies, design and best practice is the key nation-building process that enables Asian, American and European organizations and institutions to compete effectively in the global environment. Modernization will require that you initiate methods in contrast to traditional, conventional, customary and established ones.
Our people will have to be believers and promoters of critical advancement and progress. We have to develop the propensity to keep changing something so that it is consistently suitable for modern needs or habits. We will have to learn to adopt and surpass modern ways or ideas. There will have to be a modernization program or culture in our individual and collective operations. This is 3D-EPSP—The ability to try new things, do new things, and find new needs, new knowledge, new solutions…new things! Newness is the strength of innovation and that’s what 3D-EPSP delivers. It helps you to expect, seek embrace and initiate change. It helps you to Alter, Modify, Transform, Revolutionize, Amend, See and Seize opportunities, Experiment. Do something. If one fails, try another. Adjust. Move. Act. A spirited, vigorous, forceful, energetic and hearty response to unexpected opportunities or specific customer problems creates variation and consequently, innovation. That’s 3D-EPSP. And that who you must be. That’s who your family members must be. That’s the people your organization must hire. That’s those we need all over the continent. May our people see. God bless Nigeria. God bless Africa.
Africa has been touted as the next frontier for economic prosperity, but the guys on ground are not as optimistic as possible. Economies like Nigeria have continued to grow by at least 7% for the last 5 years, but this has not translated to better standards of living for the people. From America, to Syria, to Egypt, to Nigeria, the prevailing strategy has been the caution that says: massage the status-quo, a little tweaking here and there; apply a few measured solutions and we’ll be fine. Unfortunately, this has not worked.
Civil strife has continued to worsen, unemployment rate is still on the ascendancy, educational systems are still far behind 21st century realities, and caution is not working. No matter where within the spectrum of political, business, and civil society we play, incremental solutions just won’t cut it. What we need are big, bold, audacious steps. We need new and challenging visions for the future. We will need them to create an innovation based economy that focuses on technology and energy, we need large amounts of daring to fund large-scale infrastructure projects, to establish public and private partnerships for socio-economic development, to fix our state agencies and even to lead our families. This is not a time for small ambitions and moderate manoeuvres. This is a time for bold moves.
We all agree that creativity is the primary leadership requirement of the post-modern world. We cannot navigate the uncertainties today without the ability to imagine an alternative future. As I point you toward the start-up generation of the last three decades, permit me to also point you to seven critical factors that have made them thick; factors we must keep in mind as we interrogate the imperative of boldness in the time of uncertainty.
One, it’s all up to you. DYI. Entrepreneurs bootstrap their new ideas until they can be tangible. Authors set up their own book tours and come up with their own promotional ideas. Film-makers distribute their own films and make their own YouTube channels.
Two, you are not alone. From Google to Apple, to Facebook, some of the greatest start-ups we know are products of collaboration. Nobody expects you to go it alone today. We will have to reach across the aisle to find those who possess the skills or resources we lack and forge mutually beneficial partnerships.
Three, it’s not just about money; it’s about creating value or the probability of value. We will not be able to galvanize the support we need to achieve anything bold and extraordinary without being able to communicate its value in unambiguous language to our respective constituencies and stakeholders.
Four, you don’t need a big organization to achieve your aims. Big corporate structures are fine for some things – they can spend $100 million on marketing. But they are slow and, by nature, conservative. Think the Nigerian civil service. But in artists and entrepreneurs, in contrast, are fast and risk-prone, lean and effective. Big innovations and big creative leaps don’t come, necessarily, from big companies. They come from dedicated, scrappy people working outside of large structures.
Five, reinvent yourself before you invent your next solution. As a creative and entrepreneurial person, you don’t like to repeat yourself. You’ll get bored if you have to climb the same mountain. So you continually train, learn, make, re-make, destroy and start over, because next time, you want your experience to be different, and better.
Six, promoting yourself and your work comes with the territory. You need to feel comfortable talking about yourself and your work. These are not the times for self-deprecating leadership. For many people, this is a hard one to overcome, especially because we live in a society where so much criticism is thoughtless and cheap. But if you come out of hiding, you will discover that even though selling your work yourself is a necessity, it is also a fulfilling experience.
And seven, if there’s no passion, you shouldn’t be doing it. If you clear away the brush, you’ll be able to see the trail. While the path may not be easy because life pretty much guarantees that nothing worth doing is ever easy, you’ll find that the steps can become clear.
Today, much is made of the leader who strives for consensus and this of course has its place. There is great value in these leadership talents and behaviours, yet they lead to a potential risk as well. When all decisions are made or confirmed in meetings, when everyone has a say in every situation, you will almost always get safe, conventional, traditional decisions. You won’t get boldness. Someone has to say, “Enough negotiating, we need to declare independence.” Someone has to say, “We aren’t going to make a better horse carriage, we are going to make an auto-mobile.” Someone has to say, “People will want the internet on their phone.” Someone has to say, “It is time for a new direction, a new vision, it’s time for something bold.” This is a part of the leader’s role. If you aren’t willing or feel unable to make a bold statement of vision or to decide on a new course of action, you aren’t leading. Does that mean the best leader is an autocrat, relying solely on their own vision, bombastically making bold decisions every day? Not at all. But boldness must be included in your leadership style and approach, and it will be most effective and valued when it is a balanced part of who you are as a leader.
What was your last bold act, decision or statement as a leader? When was that? How comfortable were you with that action? What results came from it? What do your answers to these questions teach you about your future? What bold thing will you do today? Go!
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CONSUMPTION is KEY! But the consumption that does not underscore production is nuisance value. I have said again and again that AFRICA is the WORLD’s single largest liability
“we CONSUME what we don’t PRODUCE and PRODUCE what we don’t CONSUME”
no economy can survive under this equation. Invariably, since the emergence of the 21st century, globalization has created new possibilities and at the same time new discontents. And today, income per person has risen by an amazing rate of 3.2% faster than any other period in human history. The wisdom therefore is for us to spot our possibilities and maximize them, thereby recognizing the culture that sustains the circle of consumption and make a conscious effort to get on the production side.
The question is, how much do you consume and how much do you produce? What is your personal balance of trade? What will you do today? How long do you want to remain in all of those hypnotism that have kept you long-bound?
Get off naivety, listen to this podcast and explore the insight and revelation therein. Know this:only those who engage in production will win. Play NOW!