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I have often heard the phrase “Thinking Outside the Box” in academic and corporate discourse. It refers to looking at a problem from a new perspective and coming up with creative and innovative ways to solve it. It involves challenging certain assumptions that one holds dear and charting a completely different course.
The Shire - Zambezi Waterway Project is an example of creative and innovative thinking. Being
A couple of years ago, I used to raise broilers for sale. As a civil servant, the proceeds from the poultry business used to make a lot of a difference in meeting household needs. After a few months of running the poultry business, I noticed that almost half my neighborhood had also invested in poultry. After a couple of months I switched to second hand clothes. The same trend set in. Within a short time half my neighborhood was awash with “kaunjika” sellers.
People copy what others do and live other people’s dreams! People ought to start looking inside for their own identity, answers, deep-seated passions, interests, skills, talents and gifts. We are all different. If properly harnessed, differences spawn the answers/ solutions to the persistent socio-economic problems that beset our Motherland.
All of us have varying assumptions, ideas, beliefs, value systems and world views depending on our backgrounds, experiences, age and social status. We tend to be imprisoned by these perspectives to the extent that we feel reluctant to let go or consider alternative viewpoints. The basis for change and advancement is to challenge those basic assumptions and perspectives. All the inventions that we take for granted today are results of people who were not satisfied with their status quo. They dreamt something different and better, in the process bequeathing the world wonderful inventions.
The answers to under-development, poverty, food security, unemployment, HIV/ Aids, corruption and crime can come about if we engage our creative and innovative thinking processes. If we continue carrying out business as usual, we will continue to reap the same meager results we have always had. In order to challenge the status quo and get better results, we have to confront reality, re-invent ourselves and think outside the box. We have to be focused towards the ultimate goal of developing Africa.
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Let us be passionate about our respective roles in the development of our continent, step back and ask ourselves: Is this the best way to do this job? Is there a way to cut costs? Is there a faster and more cost-effective way to achieve better results? Is there any way I can add more value to my job? Think outside the box!