This week I was excited to join this year’s students for a music workshop to kickoff salesforce.com’s BizAcademy program. Every year I feel like I’m getting the better deal in the mentor-mentee relationship and from my amazing friends Nick and Bartek I have learned so much.

The music workshop was borrowed from a great program run by Liz and the gang at Mission Australia creative youth initiatives, its objective is to write and record an epic anthem in 2 hours and follows the songwriting process from lyric creation to recording. The conversation was full of wise cracks from volunteer employees who were trying hard not to show how nervous they were. Luckily for us we lucked on some great student talent and “halcyon days” was soon pumping out. I need to work on my creativity; I’m getting dull in comparison to these bright sparks.

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rockstar gag photo – moody intensity (credit: Stefan Petersen)

If you have never considered mentoring, I suggest you find a place for it. Remember that time in your life when you were just getting started and the working world felt like a massive impenetrable mystery, its easy to get discouraged. In addition the best way to learn is to try and teach I think, its not something I think I am naturally good at, but the challenge stretches me in different ways to my day job. Best of luck to the crew as we get into the business end next week.

BizAcademy partners with community partners headspace and CP Alliance to deliver this great program, if you’d like to know more drop me a line in the comments or @derektweets.