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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.

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.

Junior Chamber International Winnipeg celebrates success stories in mentorship

Johanna Wood, past local president of JCI.
Johanna Wood, past local president of JCI.

“Our belief is that in order to create lasting positive change, we must improve ourselves and the world around us,” says JCI Winnipeg’s president, Danelle Hueging. “The JCI mission is to provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change.”
These words could be taken directly from JCI’s mission statement.
The past JCI Winnipeg president Johanna Wood can attest to the authenticity of this statement. When joining JCI, she was in the process of changing careers, going from the Canadian Armed Forces as an Armoured Crewman with the Lord Strathconas Horse Regiment, to university studying business administration, majoring in marketing and entrepreneurship.
She is now director of business development & communications at Vandenbergs Fine Jewellery. This process took place in the span of just three years.
Presiding JCI Winnipeg gave her the edge over other candidates, propelling her into a new business director role. Her experience leading a team of dedicated members with JCI enabled her to quickly put into practice skills and theories acquired at Red River College and to enable JCI Winnipeg to continue to grow and honour its mission.
Clearly, her current employer saw the value of such a candidate. Quoting current experiences in her leadership role, drawing on skills to plan, organize and execute JCI events and mandates, Johanna Wood successfully demonstrated her strengths at the interview and positioned herself as the ideal candidate.
She went on to become a nominee for the Future Leaders of Manitoba awards, vice president of JCI Canada, ex officio board member with the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce and campaign contributor for the current City of Winnipeg mayoral elections.
JCI Winnipeg was able to provide an environment for this driven young professional to display her skills, to acquire new ones and to access opportunities for personal and professional growth.
Johanna Wood is a great example that demonstrates the potential that JCI can corral for its members who strive to achieve positive impact in the community.
JCI Winnipeg benefited greatly from Johanna’s leadership. Since, JCI Winnipeg helped forge effective speaking champion Natasha Fisher, who will be representing the Americas on the world stage in Leipzig, Germany in November.
There’s more: Natasha Fisher quickly transferred her knowledge and skills as an effective speaker to member Katrina Hueging, who just competed for her place at the Prairie Regionals Effective Speaking competition that took place on June 7 in Calgary.
This exemplifies how JCI’s mission, to provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change, can be achieved through member-to-member mentoring. Connecting with JCI’s membership, coupled with a goal to improve, yields amelioration for those who seek it out; and this mission is played out continually.
Join us at a JCI Winnipeg Month End Mixer to share your vision of a better community, engage JCI members towards betterment, and discover the avenues of potential and impact that exist in our city.
I spoke earlier about honouring our mission and I speak now on behalf of all JCI Winnipeg members: it is an honour to contribute to this mission. We are here to help and to serve our members, our mission and our community.
Simon Méthot is the JCI Winnipeg director. Visit http://www.jci.cc/local/media/Winnipeg for more information about the local chamber and its events.