Clear vision is God’s gift to humans. As vision is often interpreted with also
having the foresight to things that can happen in the future, it is attributed
to leaders; both politicians and business leaders. As people get older they wear
glasses, or contacts or have their eyes operated to gain perfect sight.
Correction of human vision due to stress, age, fatigue, computers, heredity or
whatsoever reason is to look at things clearly. Vision 20/20 is often used for
clear sight, perhaps more so attributing to the person’s ability to foresee.
Many of our leaders have used this to articulate their views on their foresight
into the future. Many programs are named as such and define the specific program
that defines the policies that will lead to what will happen in 2020. It is not
very far from now.
A leader’s ability to evaluate the current environment, utilize the available
resources today, forecast the needs and demands, plan for the future in such a
way to return the maximum benefits to meet such needs is perhaps the 20/20
vision. To Be clear on articulating such vision for the future, and delivering
to such plans makes for great leaders with great vision. Executing at promised
levels makes them great. Continuous planning for successful future retains the
leader for a long time and they will always be remembered for their ability to
foresee things, plan for them and execute to the needs of the people they are
When the new international airport in Shamshabad is being built just outside the
city of Hyderabad is being built, the hope is that it is truly world class.
World class meaning in its utility, comfort, speed, operations, schedules,
parking and other facilities and above everything cleanliness. The population
has been taking to the skies at a rate greater than what the capacity of
available seats and airport facilities. It has been for sometime, and continues
to demand more everyday. The current airports are overwhelmed with travelers and
people who go to send them off or receive them. Our current leaders and planners
have had ample opportunity to understand the requirements of the current and
next generation of travelers using the airports. If the leaders simply travel
from Hyderabad airport to any or all other city airports in India they will
immediately grasp the enormous challenges of people who fly today. Granted that
a politician in power can make other people wait, doesn’t have to park the car,
or stand in line to check-in, but will understand the plight of the fellow
passengers nevertheless. Not say that don’t know the remaining people’s plight,
but they should understand the plight of the fellow passengers. If the builders
and planners and decision makers who use the publics tax money to build the
airports for the future by comprehending the plight of the traveling public, the
future airports, especially Shamshabad will have a flying future, and will be
truly world class.
Early in 2006, the city of Hyderabad was publicizing the construction of a Ring
Road, which is sort of a loop expressway around the city to ease the mess of
vehicles who run through the city, and don’t have to pass through and also
people accessing and leaving the city. A lot of hoopla about the approvals
finally granted and estimated budgets set aside for the project. It is great
news for the citizens of Hyderabad and who live around the city. The news
clippings look fantastic and promise the future of less congestion to drivers.
While the planners are finalizing the models and acquiring land to build the
ring road, they must certainly understand the growth trends of the next
generation of vehicles and their needs. The decision makers must account for the
enormous growth in vehicle traffic and traffic patterns to allow for easy
expansion and traffic management. They should implement traffic monitoring tools
and communications to the drivers. Population models, vehicle purchasing habits
and last few years statistics can give a good vision of a road system that will
help ease the horrible experience of driving in and around the city.
Rapidly developing countries need to meet the great demands of their population
that also is financially expanding at a rapid pace. India is now unique along
with China in a sense of great populations that are over a billion people in
each, and also growing their economies at a pace greater than the west. India’s
GDP growth of 7 to 8 percent is exceptional, and is continuously creating
financial independence to its people. India’s wealth growing a rapid pace, and
the country experiencing great agricultural seasons’ one after the other will
continue to create disposable income that will go directly into spending on
travel and affordable luxuries. With the central and state government
initiatives on massive projects, and even funding massive projects, the trend of
expanded and individual financial purchasing power will continue. The economy
already being powered by IT and outsourcing and BPO businesses, will need to
spend that money somewhere and why not on vehicles and travel. Good sign to have
buyers who can afford and it will be a great vision to make them even more
comfortable so they will drive more and travel more and spend their money and in
return stimulate the support industries.
India has some great and recent example of demand and supply. The planners can
learn from the mobile telephone markets phenomenal growth. With in just about a
decade India might have about 200 million mobile phones and continuing to grow
rapidly. Both the demand for airtime and continuous adaptation of the public t
new mobiles makes the market huge for manufacturers and operators. The sad part
is that the networks are congested while the rates remain some of the highest in
the world. One has to guess that the rates are kept high to make public talk
less, and if so it is the poorest choices of vision a mobile operator can
operate from. The folks involved with the ring road and Shamshabad airport must
be learning from their mobiles getting busy tones, as the nearest tower will not
distinguish the powerful people from powerless public.
Showing signs of a mature and fast growing economy will need careful and
informed planning, along with use of forecasting the details. The current crop
of politicians and bureaucrats should take the lessons learned from not being
able to use their mobile phone (most simplistic lesson) while visioning 20/20.
The trick to being in power (for a long time) is to meet the demands of people
so they won’t bad mouth you out of power. They must remember when no one talks
about you it means they don’t have anything bad to say about you, meaning the
next time they chose a leader the incumbent is with nothing bad to talk about.
The power of the country is when its people maximize the efficiencies of their
work time and not sit on congested roads or make dozens of attempts to speak to
someone on the phone.
As with parents planning for their baby’s needs while taking the kid out for a
trip, the country needs to start planning for the essentials of keeping its
people comfortable. As when a baby is mad for whatsoever reason the outing for
parents is not too pleasant, and when a population is unhappy with the day today
living conditions, they will be unhappy with the countries leaders. 20/20 vision
is to understand the needs of the people and making sure they the best planning
is done to meet them.