We need youth to think of entrepreneurship as a career option long before reaching post-secondary. Scandinavian countries are at the forefront of this shift, with entrepreneurship and innovation taught at every education level and as a cross-curricular skill rather than a stand-alone course.
Until we open up our minds about what "talent" and "best and brightest" should really mean in the context of the labour market, we are leaving many skilled people out of the innovation agenda. Right now we have an exclusive mindset when it comes to talent, linking it too much to spending a long time in higher education.
A modern-day case in point is the widespread belief among North American educators that children learn better when they receive minimal guidance from their teachers. This belief has had a powerful impact on schools and the education our children are receiving, and not in a good way.
Continuing education brings both practical skills and the joy of discovering something new about the world and yourself. If you're a Millennial, it can help you overcome mal-employment and accelerate your career. If you're a Boomer, it can set you up for success as a business owner and a prosperous retirement.
Today's education is evolving to be more "experiential." The instructor's role is still pivotal, but it's different. Now students learn in ways that are practical and hands-on, in a simulated setting or out in the real world, and the instructor is a guide, helping them identify lessons they can apply to future experiences.
I think some of the best management tools are board games. If you've participated in experiential training programs, you'll know that most are built around games. Why not take advantage of ones that we already know and love and save the consultants fee?