Date: 17th September – 21st September
SCHOOL: Scots PGC College Warwick, Queensland
HOSTS: Choices Flooring, Belle Vue Cafe, Southern Downs Regional Council and Power Tynan Pty Ltd
FACILITATORS: Amanda Kenafake, Annie Smith and Conor Hilton
Congratulations to QLD Mindshop Facilitator, Amanda Kenafake for a massive effort in organising her very first Mindshop Excellence program with an entire class of 16 year old business study students … more than 20 students! Amanda was assisted by the Power Tynan team of Annie Smith and Conor Hilton.
VTO at its finest, although I’m sure the words, “what was I thinking?” crossed Amanda’s mind several times as she mentored the students through their busy work experience week. The students were divided into small groups and worked on project challenges in 4 very supportive local host organisations.
A highlight for Amanda was discovering that the teacher at the school has now added the Mindshop Force Field Tool to the school curriculum for Business studies starting next year.
Amanda wrote: The Mindshop Excellence Program was a great week working with the Year 10 business class from Scots PGC College. The tools used were all the common Mindshop tools we use in our everyday life at Power Tynan, making it really enjoyable to pass on our knowledge to school kids wanting to learn more about the day to day life in a business environment. It was refreshing to see the students work through the tools to get the end result, rather than jumping in to the ‘how’ solution that all too often as accountants do with their clients. The kids loved going to the businesses premises to observe what went on in local businesses as well as asking the staff and management questions to help them solve the problems they faced. It was a great experience for Power Tynan to demonstrate and work with the Mindshop tools, and with two recently AMSF qualified team members it helped them identify areas to fine-tune in delivery and facilitation, while at the same time working in a rewarding mentoring capacity for the week. The students were incredibly respectful to each other and the facilitators and appreciative of the insights about businesses and real-life experience. All in all, it was a very enjoyable week and not only did the kids learn something but so did we. It was a big ask with over 20 kids, but all in all, I think it went really well.