Creative Problem Solving

Meg Teasdell is Birdon’s Tender Manager. Meg’s creative approach to problem solving is an integral part of our tender process, and one of the reasons for our success in the diverse marine industry.

Throughout her career Ms Teasdell said her technical focus has predominantly been with industry. She has lived in Port Macquarie for the last 18 years and has worked at Birdon for the last seven.

“Generally speaking, engineers are problem solvers. I love what I do because it’s challenging, and you need to be creative,” Ms Teasdell said.

“Engineering as a profession can be so broad that it might be difficult to know what it is we all do.

“Much of what we do involves dreaming up solutions to difficult or complex problems, and a lot of the time we need to think outside the box to find the best outcome.”

Ms Teasdell said growing up she didn’t always know what she wanted to do but with an open mind and a positive attitude doors open.

“Some people know exactly what they want to do when they finish school but I wasn’t one of those people,” she said.

“I am a positive person so I think I would have found a way to be happy in whatever I ended up doing but I do love this. I really enjoy the challenge, and the teamwork, identifying opportunities, and presenting what we believe are the best solutions for our clients in a clear and understandable way.”

Ms Teasdell said she hopes to empower young people to be able to use their – maybe unrealised – creativity regardless of what they decide to pursue in life when she hosts a masterclass at Luminosity Youth Summit in 2019.

“Some people seem naturally creative and from the outside it seems so easy – just coffees and a bit of painting now and then. But the people who make a career of it are generally quite disciplined about how they use their talents.

“The exciting thing for the rest of us who wish we could be more creative is that a lot of these people use particular techniques to inspire them that the rest of us can use too.

“We’re going to explore some of those techniques and how we can apply them in our own lives. Because no matter what job they end up in, they will need to understand other points of view, negotiate better outcomes, and be creative in their approach to problems.

“After my masterclass I hope they walk away equipped with confidence in their own abilities and ready to practically apply their own creativity.”

Luminosity brings together an array of inspiring speakers and high-profile guests to encourage young leaders across the country to explore dangerous ideas for success, igniting creativity, excellence and entrepreneurship.

Words and image from the Port Macquarie News.