Complex Problem Solving is Your Top Skill

Be ready for the Fourth Industrial Revolution!

According to the new World Economic Forum Report “The Future of Jobs” the most required skill is Complex Problem Solving together with Creativity and Critical Thinking.

Train yourself! Start with simple problems, for example, at Aplisclick, do it regularly and grow your most important skill.

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Daan Roosegaarde uses technology and creative thinking to produce imaginative, earth-friendly designs and highlights the importance of the problem solving skills.

“There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew.” – Marshall McLuhan

 

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Teacher’s job is not teaching

Teacher’s job is not teaching. Teacher’s job is helping students to learn.

Students learn ( Math )  to be able creating value for others in the future.

WSJ: Mathematician is The Best Job

Starting from 2009, The Wall Street Journal repeats “Another day, another reason to get better at math.” Mathematicians top the list of the Best Job:

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There are not many positions that are called “mathematician”. When you are good in math you work as a Problem Solver and have different titles: engineer, project manager, CIO, CTO, CEO, software engineer, business developer, etc.

Choose the Best Job = be good in Math!

Brain Teaser Interview Questions and Answers

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Brain Teaser Interview Questions and Answers

answers brain teaser interview questions that are commonly asked at job interviews for technical and quantitative roles. These questions focus on problem solving, spatial reasoning, and understanding.

By reading this document, you’ll be better prepared to answer unexpected questions, think outside the box, and elaborate on non-standard solutions. And most importantly, you’ll be calm and relaxed at the interview.

Answers to  brain teaser interview questions including:

    • How do you find your car along a very long street when you don’t remember where you parked it?
    • We want to merge 4 companies into one large company. How many ways are there to merge them?
    • I have a rectangular piece of cheese with a round hole. How do I cut the piece with one straight lien into two parts of equal weight?
    • There are a number of stones, all of different weights. The 10 lightest stones weigh 40% of the total weight. The 5 heaviest stones weigh 25% of the total weight. How many stones are there?
    • What is the avg. of the smaller of three random numbers of 0 to 1?
    • “1” costs $10. “20” costs $20. How much does “100” cost?
    • It takes 6 people 48 hours to paint a house. How long would it take to paint the house if 3 people were added to the middle of the project?
    • 3 apples were weighed in pairs and the weights were 200, 204, 208 grams. What is the weight of the lightest apple?
    • You are shrunk so that your height is equal to the diameter of a dime (a ten-cent coin) and your mass is proportional reduced so as to maintain your original density. Who is heavier, you or the dime?
    • I roll two dice. What is the probability that the 2nd number is greater than the 1st?

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Job Interview Logic Puzzles

Job Interview Logic Puzzles

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Job seekers encounter challenging logic and math puzzles in interviews at high-tech companies. Innovative companies such as Google, LinkedIn, Yahoo, and Microsoft use these types of questions to identify the most intelligent candidates. Microsoft is considered as a pioneer in the interview logic questions. The trend was initially based on Bill Gates’ obsession with puzzles, Fermi problems, and brainteasers. Fermi was known for his ability to make good approximate calculations with little or no actual data.

Winning matters

Puzzles test intelligence. You either get the answer, or you don’t… Logic puzzles divide the world into winners and losers. You get the job you deserve. Recruiters try to identify 3 groups of people 1) who are smart and get things done; 2) who are smart but don’t get things done; and 3) who get things done but are not smart.  It’s better to be on the smart side of the crowd.

How to become smart?

It’s simple. Train yourself like sportsmen build superior strength. Solve logic puzzles every day and never stop. Search for logic puzzles. This is a starter:  “Job Interview Logic Puzzles”  for iPad eBook or the “Job Interview Logic Puzzles” on Amazon. The book includes logic riddles, brainteasers, and spatial thinking questions, training people to confront unexpected questions, to think outside the box, and to elaborate upon non-standard solutions.

What motivates us to work hard?

ImageMotivation theories can be very complex. This story is simpler than the reward analysis given in Dan Pink’s TED talk. Let’s look at a simple model of individual motivation at work, which can be presented as a MMM model:

  • M1: Myself:  I do it my way.
  • M2: Mastering:  I always improve what I do.
  • M3: Mission: I do it for a compelling purpose.

M1: Myself

Whatever I do I try to do it my way. This is valid for children and adults. We are all the same. It’s valid for work, leisure, and study. People often distress about purposelessness of their work. Doing own way is the first motivation factor for people who don’t find a potential at their main job and develop open source products like UNIX or Moodle.

M2 Mastering

Once we successfully produce something in our own manner, we constantly introduce improvements. We master our art and become craftsmen. The term ‘craftsman’ is not only related to “a skilled manual worker who makes items,“ it’s also related to teachers, software engineers, and all other professionals. It takes time to become a craftsman.

M3 Mission

A craftsman never ceases striving to master his arts, continuing to work for a purpose. In the book Craftsman, Richard Sennet said: “the craftsman is special because he or she is an engaged human being”. This stage corresponds to the highest level of the Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Human beings are “social beings” who work together and learn by looking at how others work. Thus, we create our masterpieces for others. The purpose of creating and giving to others is at the top of the motivation pyramid.

Here is an example:

When I was a young boy, I studied mathematics in school and also on my own using Martin Gardner’s puzzles books. I often walked several miles to the city library in chilly Siberian frost to read just a few of the puzzle books’ pages. Very soon, I missed compelling challenges.

Now, as an adult, I am eager to help children throughout the world who are in the same position that I was in as a child to discover interesting, practical, and challenging math and logic puzzles and answers. We created a collection of more than 2200 compelling problems at http://www.aplusclick.com.

How the project was developed?

M1  Myself

At the beginning it was just a desire to challenge myself with logic puzzles and to present them in Internet. I saw many collections. What dissatisfied me? Existing solutions were concentrated on a specific type of problems and user age. Many of them were boring. It was difficult to fast find what I looked for. I do it in MY OWN way. I decide to improve our users’ experience according to the KISS approach: Keep It Simple and Stupid. These puzzles are illustrated, short, simple, and interesting for all ages. No sign up, no fees, and no advertising. Steve Jobs’ obsession with the customer’s experience was an inspiration for me.

M2 Mastering

After first months of exposing the set of problems, we receive feedback, suggestions for improving. It motivates us to improve the quality, to add interesting illustrations. We started to MASTERING our craft. So the number of puzzles grows to 2200 in two years and the new puzzles became more interesting.

M3 Mission

Now we continue working for a compelling PURPOSE. I always say WE, because dozens of people worldwide have helped us develop this library of math and logic problems. They thoroughly reviewed the problems and helped to make them simple and clear. Here a testimonial is:

“Strangers reaching out to one another, across great distances, just because of common interests in learning and helping other learners ~ kind mutual exchanges like this give me hope for a better world!”

Everyday, thousands of children spend a great deal of time and effort mastering their logical reasoning and mathematical thinking at Aplusclick. We thank all of our users and contributors for such a marvelous initiative to help children grow intellectually and become problems solvers.

Conclusion

We often find ourselves on one of the steps of the MMM model. The higher the step, the higher the level of individual motivation. More detailed hierarchy of work motivation is given in the Work Motivation pyramid. KokcharovWorkMotivation2015

http://www.slideshare.net/igorkokcharov/kokcharov-skillpyramid2015