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Mark Zuckerberg is the co-founder, chairperson and CEO of Meta Platforms Inc., formerly Facebook, Inc., the largest global social network. In Q2, 2021, Facebook had approximately 2.89 billion monthly active users. Since 2010, Time magazine has ranked Zuckerberg among the 100 wealthiest and most influential people in the world in its Person of the Year. However, Zuckerberg has been under fire, defending questionable privacy practices at Facebook. His private emails may be reviewed as part of an extensive US government antitrust investigation.
So how does this extraordinary entrepreneur think? I analyzed the thinking he displayed during Facebook’s 2013, 2014, and 2015 first quarter earnings conference calls. I then rated his commentary according to our Hierarchy of Thinking Styles.
The analysis revealed predominantly moderate positive thinking and extraordinary positive thinking, supported by Optimal Thinking.
As the leader of a networking company, Zuckerberg skillfully uses the language of connection: moderate positive thinking. He deploys moderate positive thinking to express his appreciation to Facebook employees for their support and hard work. Zuckerberg uses moderate positive thinking to describe the stability of the organization. He deploys extraordinary positive thinking to articulate innovation and progress.
His moderate positive thinking is particularly effective in presenting information with reasonable self-confidence. He uses words like “increasing”, “improvement”, “better”, and “normally”. He also uses phrases such as “good sign”, “good quarter”, “pretty meaningful”, “building the knowledge economy”, “strategy of improving quality” and “improving the world through sharing”.
However, Zuckerberg is clearly a “big picture” person who welcomes change. He deploys extraordinary positive thinking effortlessly to articulate Facebook’s focus on innovation and product differentiation. He is not deterred by obstacles and roadblocks that obstruct progress. Time and again, he cites metrics that rise above the status quo and predefined limitations.
Zuckerberg uses extraordinary positive thinking to articulate unusual beliefs, new processes, remarkable resources, and outstanding results. He uses words like “innovate”, “improvement”, “new”, and “amazing”. He also uses phrases such as “great progress”, “big fundamental believer”, “very big contributors”, “amazing journey”, “growing environmental consciousness”, and “talent management processes”.
Last year was a big year for us here. We started off the year with no ads at all on mobile and we ended up with approximately 23% of our ads revenue coming from mobile in the fourth quarter. That’s a pretty amazing change.
Keep in mind, this analysis provides a snapshot of Mark Zuckerberg’s thinking process in one specific context.
Optimal Thinking is the realistic style of thinking that empowers individuals, teams, departments, and entire organizations to be their best.
Like other successful CEOs, Zuckerberg employs Optimal Thinking to define Facebook’s values, standards, and direction.
.. another which is focused on kind of efficiency and helping people to get the most value out of each moment that they’re spending in Facebook. And then the fourth group is our core business, which is focused on helping people to see the best ads and basically make the most money per moment that people are spending at the lowest cost in most efficiency in terms of serving people.. Mobile is the perfect device for Facebook for three reasons
Zuckerberg displays personal and organizational maturity by frequently referring to ongoing “tests” to quantify and qualify optimization initiatives. Recognizing that optimization is synonymous with completion, his focus is on getting things right.
We just have to do it right… to get the right content to the right people.. that this is the right path going forward as well..
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