From the Facebook website, under Careers:”We want people who can solve challenging problems, make a real impact and build something big. You should join us.”
“To have the biggest impact, we need to focus on solving the most important problems. It sounds simple, but most companies do this poorly and waste a lot of time. We expect everyone at Facebook to be good at finding the biggest problems to work on.”
When I saw the above information on the Facebook Career Page, I realized immediately that Facebook is a leading-edge, great company. It was not Facebook’s much-publicized purchase of WhatsApp, Inc., but rather the emphasis on problem solving at the employee level that impressed me.
In my book, Dragonfly Thinking, a big important problem is called a BIP (pronounced either like V.I.P., or simply BIP to rhyme with blip). It is important to find and to validate BIPs and to solve them by breaking free of the ordinary patterns of thinking. Companies and other organizations are typically unaware of their problems or believe they conflict with company norms and cannot be solved. Otherwise they would have been solved long ago.
Solving a BIP will help your organization, society, or people in general.
Solving an important problem could even save the planet. A struggle with a big problem, as difficult as it may seem, is usually the necessary step before any major success. And your next success may well be the next important advancement in your career. Advancement is not thrust upon you. “You earn it by solving problems.”
The ability to tackle and solve extremely difficult problems has been the key to the greatest innovations in history. Now, as more and more jobs are being threatened by rapidly-evolving technology and outsourcing, problem solving is becoming a must-have skill in order to stay competitive and valuable in today’s dynamic job market.
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Learn how to develop superior problem solving skills – to create greater value with your work, and to advance your career. Not just Facebook, but this entire planet needs more problem solvers.
Dr. Bruce Oberhardt, author of Dragonfly Thinking, is a biomedical engineer and entrepreneur, known for promoting creative thinking. He has led and/or participated in a number of first-of-a-kind technological developments and developed technologies to help in diabetes, blood diseases, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. Products based on these technologies are currently saving patients’ lives daily.
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