Monday, February 7, 2011

JCI Leadership Academy: Part 2

A continuation of this post regarding the US Jaycees Leadership Academy in Tulsa, Oklahoma...

Saturday at Leadership Academy was another packed full day.  Following a quick breakfast, everyone was grouped together for photos - an exciting and complicated process with 170 people!

The US Jaycee National Board

Then, we spent the morning in a couple of interesting sessions about signing up new members and community surveys that taught me a lot about the way US Jaycees operate - and gave some interesting new ideas for JCI Calgary.

During lunch, World President Kentaro Harada presented about some of his goals for JCI for the year - exciting stuff!

In the afternoon, Suzette Plaisted presented about Managing the Human Side of Change.  She talked about the four factors that influence how people feel about change - basic needs, wants, fear and threats.  And, Suzette used this personality profiler to highlight some of the ways that each of us is different and can lead and handle change in different ways.

More afternoon time brought a second presentation by President Kentaro Harada, expanding on his three major goals for the year:

  1. Promote relationships with and support for Nothing But Nets and the United Nations Millennium Development Goals
  2. Build JCI's commitment to the Global Compact with the United Nations
  3. Encourage local chapters to participate in the Omoiyari Campaign to remind all members to do the right thing, with the right attitude, in our daily lives
President Harada inspires us

Following this, some future leaders of the US Jaycees inspired us with speeches on the topic of Realized Potential.  And then, we enjoyed a huge buffet meal at Tulsa's River Spirit Casino!

When Sunday morning arrived, we enjoyed an inspiring wrap-up from the US Jaycees President Joanie Cramer and other members of the National Board.

All in all, an inspiring and exciting weekend that I am thrilled I got to participate in.  Thanks to the US Jaycees, the US Jaycee Foundation and JCI Calgary for providing this fantastic opportunity!