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How Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer Unlocks Creativity in His Engineers

Insights on how to bring out the best creative ideas from engineers by Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer.


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3 years ago | 1 min read

Facebook’s C.T.O., Mike Schroepfer, has developed an engineering culture at Facebook that’s open, collaborative, and creatively autonomous一values that are key to driving a real-world impact. 

Here’s how he does it: 

Remove roadblocks that hinder creative thinking

Many assume that one cannot teach creativity. But Schroepfer believes that leaders can help remove the common roadblocks that restrain employee creativity. This way, employees can open up new value propositions and an abundance of opportunities. 

He recommends staying curious: “Ask questions even if you think you know the answer. Creating anything interesting requires teamwork, so any time you help someone do their best work is time well spent.” And in the process, if you encounter a problem, don’t be afraid to test your ideas. Make stress testing a norm in your operations.

The Facebook C.T.O. believes that creative engineering happens when people don’t feel bound and have the freedom to think, imagine, and create. And for creativity to flourish in a business environment, team members need to internalize a company’s vision and strategy. 

Build a company culture where information flows freely

There is no set model for problems that arise during projects and no step-by-step process to obtain answers in today’s world. Hence, the ability to utilize resources creatively becomes vital. And this can only be made possible through open communication and free flow of information. 

Schroepfer believes leaders must provide team members with as much information, context, and clarity as possible so that they can do their jobs to the best of their abilities. People are as innovative as you allow them to be. And thus, if you let your team chase their ‘aha moments,’ you’ll soon find yourself with a more dynamic and creative workplace.

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