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We’re back with part two of “How to Teach the Art of Business Acumen to Growing Teens!”

In part one, we discuss the definition of acumen and how that translates into needing to teach high schoolers about personal finance and creative problem solving.  We discussed the details of how to teach teenagers about personal finance in this first article.

In part two, we discuss the importance of teaching teens how to creative problem solve in the context of business ideation.

Step Two: Teach teens how to creative problem solve in the context of business.

My Say, an entrepreneurial contributor at Forbes, shares exciting insights from a Ph.D.:

“Dena Hale, Ph.D., an Associate Professor of Marketing at the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., agrees that it’s critical to start building an entrepreneurial mindset at an early age… Hale says businesses also benefit when employees can think and perform like Intrapreneurs, or entrepreneurs within the firm.  Hale says building an entrepreneurship mindset is more than teaching business to students, but it’s about how to view everything they do in life.  ‘Teaching students how to think differently, how to see two or three unrelated things and combine them into a usable process, is how innovation is progressed.’”

Ways to Meet the Need

  1. Get your teens reading what comes natural to them–blogs.  Blogs are starting to replace the desire for students to want to read books and are jam packed with multimedia content to keep them hooked.  The blogs are visually attractive, as well as jam-packed with information.  The downside of this is that it is much more difficult to tell which sites offer true information, but, there are some reliable sites, such as Forbes.com and Inc.com, that can become real resources for these teens.  In particular, they can check out websites, such as TeenBusiness.com, that share people their age doing powerful things in the wave of creative problem solving for business.  They can also read articles like this, “Youth Entrepreneurship: A Valuable Life Lesson,” to get their feet wet.
  2. Enroll them in programs like these: The Babson Boston Cup, BUILD, Foundations For The Future, MIT Launch Camp, and Summer Study For High School Students.

Thank you for joining us on this journey to figure out how to teach business acumen to teenagers! What have you found successful in teaching teens to be business-minded? Let us know on Twitter to continue the conversation @SynterResource!