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Creative Problems Solvers are Golden!

The world is full of problems which is actually a good thing because the world needs problem solvers. This is one of the most important skills you can have as I coach people on this all the time. How do you become an indespensible employee? Solve problems! How do you land the next big job you want? Show future employers how you solved problems for your past emmployer.

Quantify the savings you were involved in: Did you save $50,000? Did you save $1,000 per month? Did you decrease errors by 50% and if so how did you do it? The devil, or the saving grace, is in the details. Tell me the story of how you creatively solved a problem and your story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end. For example, you could say something like this:

My company had to cut $50,000 from their budget and we had to show we could do this in 1 week. I brought a team of 5 group leaders and we met every day until we met our goal. We reviewed the budget line by line and cut a total of $60,000 in the end: $10,000 in car expenses for late workers – our new guideline: you could only take a car if it was after 8:30 pm. We stopped supplying meals for breakfast and lunch meetings, saving another $5,000. We only used overnight deliveries for urgent items, saving another $5,000. By the time we finished, it was a contest to see who could have the largest amount of savings. And in the end, we didn’t miss these services much at all and felt great about accomplishing this important goal for the company. My manager felt great and thanked the team in front of senior management.

Here is a link to an article written by Nancy Monson, author of Craft to Heal: Soothing Your Soul with Sewing, Painting, and Other Pastimes and Creative Wellness, where should outlines how to use creativity to solve business problems. It’s worth the read!