#whatifwe continued the Mayfield experience

Published: Monday 1 August 2016

At the regional conference in Melbourne, our young and enthusiastic Mayfielders presented some interesting provocations. WA delegate Amanda Ying challenges us all to think, share and provoke.

This is a small taster of what 18 young professionals from different backgrounds across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore came together and achieved as part of the Mayfield Project this year. It was inspiring, confronting (in the best way possible) and the most valuable investment of my time in my career to date that I was lucky enough to be a part of.

Many A4LE Conference delegates expressed their curiosity after our presentation to ‘tell us more about your experience’. The best way to demonstrate this is not to tell you about it, but to extend the Mayfield experience to you. I challenge you to try these simple actions today:

The idea with this exercise is to voice and discuss an idea, and to demonstrate just how difficult it is to do something different and outside of your normal routine, and more importantly how beneficial it is when you bite the bullet and just do it. I bet that most of you are thinking ‘what’s the point’ or ‘I’m too busy, I can’t be bothered’ and that you won’t try this out.

The fact is, we are all busy. For as long as we accept this excuse, the harder it will be to change anything. How can we expect to find the solution to the big issues at hand if we are too busy doing what’s always been done? How can we expect everyone to agree on a way forward with so many different industries, government bodies and individual opinions involved?

In a time where the information that future generations need to know is more unknown than ever, we must be open to change and willing to try new methods without the fear for change we currently hold. Not knowing all the answers is okay, what is important is that we are able to move together through the discussions openly and enjoy the process of discovery to get to the solutions. To be open, we need to be vulnerable and prepared to fail, learn and change. We simply cannot afford not to.

I encourage you to break free from your own constrains of your mind and daily routine. Get rid of that niggling self-doubt that creeps up. If you didn’t enjoy the #whatifwe exercise or did not feel it made any difference, please change it up. Think of what you would do differently and share it.

I provoke you to.

Amanda Ying

Senior Project Officer, Department of Treasury