In his address to the 17th National Party Congress of the Communist Party of China, President Hu Jintao urged his people to move forward in innovation.
He mentioned the fields of science, technology and medicine, as well as business. The Chinese leader wants the country to be an innovator, not a follower. It echoes the development path of Japan, Taiwan and Korea.
But in order to encourage and stimulate new ideas, free thinking should be encouraged early on, instead of forcing children to conform to the status quo. And at the office, top-down management is prevalent here. It's the boss who has the 'creative' ideas which he assigns his underlings to execute.
And the staff aren't allowed to question or suggest something different. They must do what they are told.
It's not exactly a nurturing environment.
And that's why many of my colleagues find work a bore. They just want to get their tasks done and get out of the office.
Which begs the question: How can innovation happen when creativity isn't the order of the day?