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New Landscape of Work

by Jennifer Donovan-Faubert

From the outset of the 20th century, we were in an Era of Industry. Physical mass production; hierarchical management structures; efficient production and processes were sought after for the production of goods; limited networks and technologies for communication restricted businesses to be more localized. The office landscape gave way to paper production and featured office staff aligned in large, open bullpens, and managers in enclosed offices. Each person had one task or role, and that is it.

The 70’s saw the onset of the Era of Information. The next couple of decades saw work driven by the flow of information; more efficient production and international expansion followed. A matrix design of organizations resulted from the development of global business strategies; middle management became more necessary; panel-based systems, or cubicles, were introduced to efficiently house workers, work, and tools. Each person still had their own role, even though the company itself was expanding beyond our borders.

Welcome to today! We are now in the Era of Ideas. Democratized management models and digital interconnectivity are driving an organic model of organization; individual work is diverse and interdependent; today’s technology allows for ultimate connectivity; collaboration is key; digital tools enable a virtual experience throughout the landscape of work; work now happens anywhere, at any time. (Trying to find an open table to drink your coffee at when in a Starbucks, nowadays, is a prime example!)

Offices struggle to reconcile what they were with what they are becoming. To succeed in the new landscape of work our tools and technologies must support groups, enable creativity, and allow for natural collaboration in the workplace. To illustrate this, a global JLL poll reveals that there is a staggering disconnect between the work that people spend their time doing and those activities that create value for their organizations; “74% of respondents indicate that thinking, talking and brainstorming create the most value for an organization, while only 24% spend most of their time on these high-value activities.”

While offices struggle, organizations that support our young professionals in the way they need support to do their best work, become even more integral to the workforce of today and tomorrow. JCI is poised to fill this gap. It is an organization that provides opportunities for natural networking, professional and personal development, community involvement and international contacts to further the future career goals of today’s professional.

Join us at a JCI Winnipeg Month End Mixer to meet our members, learn more about the impact we have and discover opportunities that await you. Visit http://www.jciwinnipeg.blogspot.ca for details.

Jennifer Donovan-Faubert is Treasurer for JCI Winnipeg.

Relocating around the world with help from JCI

By Jennifer Donovan-Faubert (photo by Jeroen Komen)

Moving can be a highly stressful thing to do. I’m not just talking about packing up your boxes and moving a few blocks away – even though the process of packing and transporting your items has its own stressors. I mean a bigger move – a “starting fresh” move to a different town, city, province, or country.
I have moved 14 times over four provinces. Five times as a kid (Dad was in the RCMP) and then nine more as an adult.
Whether the move is to get into a great program at a different school; find new job opportunities in the line of work you want to pursue or have been trained in; bridge the distance between you and your love to make the relationship work; or you just need a fresh start – whatever the reason, you go through the same process about a month after landing in your new place of residence. It can happen sooner for some, or if you have moved for love, it may happen later – but nevertheless, you get an overwhelming feeling of “What the heck am I doing here?”
This feeling, a strange combination of buyer’s remorse and being a fish out of water, can come on suddenly – I once had a breakdown because I couldn’t find decent pizza in my new area – or it starts off as a nagging feeling and fully develops once you have placed everything around your new abode and you start to dwell on the massive change that has just occurred.
Forget the fact that you have to learn all the new noises that happen at night before you fall asleep, or that your bathroom may be in a different area, so when you get up in the middle of the night, you walk into a wall the first time.
But the main thing you need to overcome is the “missing” feeling – I miss my friends/family, I miss my job/school, I miss my house/neighbourhood, I miss my coffee shop/daily routine. Having to establish “a life” again is a huge undertaking. Developing a business network, finding people to do things with, creating friendships again… these always seem to be the hardest. Connecting with new people is even tougher when you’re creating that connection out of thin air.
Finding like-minded people is the key; JCI can be, and has been, a great source for me. I have found friendships that have lasted, clients to work for, and people to grow a business with. There are always events to attend – a good reason to get out of your new house!
And the fact that JCI is international meant there was always a chapter in any of the new centres I moved to. Between the casual mixers, the courses and seminars, and the volunteering aspects – I had a great way to meet new people, develop a couple of new skills, and finally… to feel at home again.
You too can get involved. Join us at a JCI Winnipeg’s Month End Mixer to share your vision of a better community, engage JCI members toward betterment, and discover the avenues of potential and impact that exist within JCI Winnipeg. Visit jciwinnipeg.blogspot.ca for more information.

Do you have a fear of public speaking? JCI is here to help

By Natasha Fisher

Fear of public speaking is right up there with spiders, heights – and even death. In fact, according to a Psychology Today article, “The Thing We Fear More Than Death,” surveys indicate the fear of public speaking often tops that list.
So our fear of talking in front of people often outweighs our fear of death. So logical.
When I mention my experience with public speaking and even participating in competitions, I often hear, “I would be too nervous,” or “I could never do that.” But I reply, “You can and you should.”
If you think about it, you will certainly do public speaking at some point in your life: a presentation, a team meeting, a speech at a friend’s wedding, or accepting an award.
In terms of your career, the ability to speak well can open doors for you. You will need effective speaking to connect with a client or prospect in a presentation, demonstrate leadership in a team meeting, and convey your ideas to your leadership team i.e. your boss and your boss’s boss.
Whether you are just starting your career or you have been in the workforce for some time, I urge you to develop your public speaking skills. There are a few organizations that can help you such as Toastmasters International and JCI Winnipeg.
Almost two years ago, I participated in the Effective Speaking Workshop hosted by JCI Winnipeg. While I gained a number of skills through the workshop, it was through the competitions and the act of public speaking itself where I gained the most skills and experience. A pretty obvious concept really: learn by doing.
Recently, I had the opportunity to pass on my knowledge and experience to individuals that participated in the JCI Effective Speaking Workshop earlier in March. I was truly inspired by what each individual had to say during the exercise where they had to do an impromptu speech on topics such as “Intelligence is not enough,” “Plants have feelings too,” and “The more we communicate, the less we really say.”
Each participant developed a two- to four-minute speech on the spot that was thought-provoking and that engaged each audience member to the point where we had a group conversation after each speech.
They took a random topic, made it their own, and found a way to connect with the audience. At the end of the day, that is what we want to do, connect through effective speech.
You too can get connected. Join us at a JCI Winnipeg Month End Mixer to share your vision of a better community, engage JCI members toward betterment, and discover the avenues of potential and impact that exist within JCI Winnipeg. Visit jciwinnipeg.blogspot.ca for more information.

One hundred years of professional development

By Simon Methot

The JCI movement started on Oct.13, 1915 with one active citizen who had a passion for positive change. Since then, millions of young active citizens have united to create sustainable impact in their communities.
One hundred years later, Junior Chamber International chapters worldwide are celebrating 100 Years of Impact. Here in Canada, we’ve decided to ask our 14 active chapters to submit stories of impact in their communities brought on by projects led by their local JCI. Here is our first story.
1961 Steinbach Jaycees offer a 24-hour ambulance service
The Steinbach Junior Chamber of Commerce, considered in the day to be one of the most active in Manitoba, proved its leadership qualities again in 1961 by inaugurating an ambulance service in the area.
Incorporated as a town on Dec.31, 1946, Steinbach, Manitoba was a growing community located 58 km southeast of Winnipeg. In 1961, with a population of 3,739 inhabitants, Steinbach needed many modern-day amenities but did not have the resources to make them a reality. This is where the Steinbach Jaycees decided to step up for their hometown.
The Steinbach Jaycees purchased an ambulance as well as provided 24-hour service to Steinbach and district residents. A blitz campaign raised $1,500 for the purchase of the unit through a donation from the town and municipality, as well as a smorgasbord donated by a local food store.
With the permission of the town council, the ambulance was stored at the local fire hall. Jaycees became volunteer drivers and were required to all successfully pass and maintain first aid training.
They took turns being on duty to provide round-the-clock service. This service continued until the area was taken over by the South Eastman Regional Health Authority.
An asset to the community
The people of Steinbach, through their generosity with this project, helped to further the idea that Jaycees are an asset to their community.
The JCI 100th anniversary celebration connects young active citizens across local, national and global communities to reflect on the positive change created in the last 100 years, while looking forward to some of the new challenges we face in this globally connected world.
The challenges transcend borders, and so, our solutions toward sustainability must also be global. No one individual, organization, or sector of society can provide sustainable solutions alone.
We, as Jaycees, encourage all young people to take ownership of the problems faced by their communities; and as the JCI movement propels into the next 100 years of impact, we’ll do our part to rise to the challenge, too.
You too can get involved. Join us at a JCI Winnipeg’s Month End Mixer to share your vision of a better community, engage JCI members toward betterment, and discover the avenues of potential and impact that exist within JCI Winnipeg. Visit jciwinnipeg.blogspot.ca for more information.

Winnipegger shares her voice on the world stage in Germany

By Danelle Hueging

One of the best decisions I made last year was participating in the JCI World Congress in Leipzig, Germany.
I was one of over 4,500 participants from 106 nations gathered in one place for a week of training, exchanges and international networking with Jaycees who all strive for positive impact in their community.
I stepped off the train from Berlin and into a conference like no other. Leipzig boasts a beautifully modern convention centre with grand halls that take your breath away – this is where the opening ceremonies took place.
Thousands of delegates grouped by nation waved their country’s flags and sang their anthems. Live music, dancing and pyrotechnics followed, filling the grand halls with jubilance and getting everyone energized for a week of learning, networking and celebration. It was day one, and already I was blown away!
And so kicked off my first JCI World Congress.
Every day of the week had its own theme: Invest, Impact, Collaborate, Connect and Motivate. All daily activities, like workshops with world-class keynote speakers and group discussions led by industry experts, revolved around these daily themes.
Mixed with these activities were the debate competition, training sessions, the World Effective Speaking Championship (where JCI Winnipeg’s Natasha Fisher represented the Americas), group excursions, trade shows and the General Assembly of all National Presidents.
There were so many activities to take in, but there were two I couldn’t miss: the World Effective Speaking Championship and the General Assembly.
Natasha Fisher brought JCI Winnipeg to the world stage in the effective speaking championship. Her path began in Winnipeg in 2013, where she competed locally, regionally and nationally to earn the top spot as Canada’s Effective Speaking Champion. Her next stop took her to the JCI Conference of the Americas in Medellín, Colombia in April 2014. Once again taking the top seed, Fisher earned her place on the world stage and would compete, as representative of the Americas, in Leipzig at the JCI World Congress. Finishing as one of the top four speakers in the world is quite the accomplishment for our own Winnipegger!
I also wanted to make sure to catch an important announcement regarding who was to host World Congress in 2016. The local JCI chapter in Quebec City, called Jeune chambre de commerce de Quebec, had submitted a bid to host, and it was awarded during General Assembly. I met up with all the Canadian delegates present at World Congress to celebrate this great news that represents over $12 million in economic activity for the Quebec City region as host.
Other highlights of the conference included workshops aimed at developing Jaycees who would return to their local chapters as certified JCI trainers; discussions revolving around sustainability and environmental impact; and the different projects other JCI chapters led in regard to these important issues. We also discussed Nothing but Nets, a campaign aimed at providing nets to fight against malaria in impoverished areas of the world.
The fun didn’t stop as in the evenings we were treated to nightly parties hosted by different chapters that showcased the many different cultures coming together under one roof.
There were plenty of opportunities to connect with other young professionals from all walks of life, including candidates for the Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) recognitions like Darren Lomman from Australia, who applied his education and experience in biomedical engineering to a passion for helping people with disabilities. The success of his first invention, a hand-controlled motorcycle for paraplegics, quickly ignited the formation of DreamFit, a non-profit providing innovative equipment solutions for making dreams possible for people with disabilities.
Ruth Riley from the United States, a professional women’s basketball player in the WNBA, is a leader and visionary on and off the court. Riley joined the UN Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign to create awareness, advocate for government support, and inspire other athletes to join the fight against malaria. She also co-founded an NGO called Inspire Transformation. The organization’s programs support local leaders in underprivileged areas while establishing community-based initiatives using sports, music, counselling, or other activities to create positive change.
Inspiration and motivation comes easily after witnessing what these individuals could accomplish, often with fewer resources than what is available to us in Canada.
World Congress wrapped up with an impressive gala that united the 4,500-plus delegates into yet another beautiful grand hall. We kicked off the 100 Years of Impact celebration that marks JCI’s 100th anniversary in 2015, and the Jaycees sure do know how to throw a good party! Here’s to the next 100 years of empowering young people to create positive change!
You too can get involved. Join us at a JCI Winnipeg’s Month End Mixer to share your vision of a better community, engage JCI members toward betterment, and discover the avenues of potential and impact that exist within JCI Winnipeg to empower young people to create positive change. Visit jciwinnipeg.blogspot.ca for more information.