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This new strategic thinking on how Africa must approach its development planning brings the X Factor right at the centre of our development thinking.
The "X Factor” is a title of a musical show on british TV. The title refers to this undefinable "something" that makes up for “star quality” in musical performance of aspiring super stars competing for chance to get to next round or be booted out. For one to win or become the next "super star" they must be eXtraordinary in their performance. The idea is to launch eXceptional music careers after the show.
I am proposing a new development strategy framework to guide how Africa must approach development based on the attributes of this show. For Africa to have this "super star" quality, our approach to business and development has to change in a way that brings some of these X Factor "super star" attributes right to the centre of our development discourse. This new thinking borrows the following attributes from the X Factor Show (1) having eXtraordinary ambition to be a star (2) Simple and transparent process (process eXcellence) of the show, (3) aiming for exceptional results and (4) evolving contestants be experts in successive episodes. The X Factor in the context of African development will mean eXtraordinary national and organisational goals, eXpert participants (citizens), process eXcellence and eXceptional economic indices and development indicators.
Placing the X Factor at the centre of business, economic and development planning means that:
1) We Africans must aim to be eXtraordinary in everything we do, right from crafting our vision and goals to implementation.
2) We Africans and our development partners need to be eXperts in development.
3) Africa needs process eXcellence to do more for less and achieve better and faster development outcomes.
4) We need to have smart development objectives and we must aim for eXceptional results and measurable targets all the time.
5) Once the X Factor becomes engrained in our thinking and attitude towards development, We can then focus on the following big siX thematic issues that I think are important for development and listed below.
The Big Six
•eXceptional peace, security & social cohesion.
•eXpertise in governance, organisational and culture change, institutional reforms which include naturing of eXceptional moral character of the people, absence of corruption and placing an agenda for dignity at the centre of development.
•eXcellent processes for effective & efficient delivery of services and production of high quality goods.
•eXcellent infrastructure built by local eXperts.
•eXperts for development with educated, skilled & empowered citizens driving and managing the development agenda.
•eXtraordinary performance in all sectors the economy mining, agriculture tourism, trade and commerce including eXploding exports of value added products to the rest of the world.