I’m not a fortune teller, neither am I a prophet, however anyone following the trends can tell that our country is headed for tougher days ahead with the fluctuations in oil prices and the resultant fall in the value of the naira against the dollar.

So after the distraction of the elections, whoever wins the upcoming elections must make tough decisions on how to grow the economy. This would affect not only the President, but also the Governors and Local Government Chairmen who simply have to somehow learn to do more with less- something of a miracle.

When the economy takes a turn for the worse, your business and indeed state government doesn’t have to go that direction also. It is a period for introspection and changing the set of your sail to match the winds of change. The future of Nigeria is a mixture of opportunities and challenges. It therefore calls for innovation of your business processes and re-training of your workforce.

That’s what innovation is about – doing what you can, with what you have, where you are.

So here are 7 Steps to Innovation.

1. Think about how much you can get away with – if you manage a budget, how much discretion to you have? If you don’t have a budget, what are the parts of your job that you control?

2. Make a list of 10 things that you can do within the current scope of your work that will make things better for the people with whom you interact – customers, co-workers, bosses, whoever.

3. Do those things.

4. Figure out which ones worked, and do those more.

5. Figure out which ones didn’t work, learn why not, then forget about them.

6. Apply what you learned to the next set of ideas.

7. Do it all again. ‎

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