K actual post.
Let's just reiterate that it was amazing :]
Both in terms of the content and the people there, quite reminiscent of Shad times <3 (I think this is the highest compliment I can give to a program haha). It's such a small world haha, especially with shads, there's mutual friends everywhere.
The conference is organized around the concept of leadership and what consists of a good leader. The McKinsey facilitators broke it down into 3 core principles: a source of inspiration, a good idea, and an ability to motivate others to change. Activities were then organized surrounding each idea.
First was a mini design challenge surround designing a new utensil.
and products. Aren't they beautiful? ;D
Following that, we got to act as actual consultants for a non profit organization. My group worked with Pathway to Education, an organization that promotes academic success in priority neighbourhoods.
Don't we look pro sitting around that conference table :]
It was very exciting working with a real case, the sense of responsibility and the weight placed on our opinions is quite exhilarating (redundant I know). We were tasked with coming up with effective ways to engage their alumni community. It's pretty cool trying to come up with ideas within their tight restrains, hopefully this is a sign that I'll enjoy engineering (damn nagging doubt about making the wrong choice about your future e_e).
Then came lunch, beautiful time ;D
Buffet style is terrible for me, always too greedy. Sigh I can't live on campus, gonna gain a ridiculous amount of weight haha.
Quick interlude about McKinsey's office, which is AMAAAAZING. Omg it's so pretty, and functional. Large windows with fantastic views, the most comfortable office chairs, whiteboards that rotate fresh board space out and prints directly what you write on it (I have a vid, but isn't allowed to post it, but trust that it is totally awesome), and
a collection of snow globes from all across the world :]
Afternoon was focused on a source of inspiration and determining your personal leadership style. A specific exercise was to create a dream swimming pool with people of the same leadership style.
It's totally not the most awesome cause it's in the shape of a clover :]
Day two involved exploring how to change the behaviour of others. A model that was used involves four approaches: Role modelling, Fostering understanding and conviction, Developing skills and Help and reward. A couple of videos were shown as examples of these approaches, these two especially stood out:
Now if the TTC can implement that ;P
Last but not least, our solutions for the non profit organizations were put into a skit and presented to the other groups. My group modeled ours after Lion King, if you squint really closely, you can spot a yellow blob of fur representing Simba xD
The balcony coincidentally worked really well as Pride Rock haha.
T'was a good two days :] I don't even feel bad for not doing any schoolwork.