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  • Insights Invites JCI Leaders to Complete Leadership Survey
    In June 2006, JCI Executive Officers and World Headquarters Team members attended a session of “Insights into Personal Effectiveness” during the Midyear Executive Committee Meeting (MYE). Before the session, participants had the opportunity to learn about their individual leadership styles by completing a leadership profile form. Joe Alves, an Insights facilitator, conducted the session. The objective was to help participants become more effective in the way they operate and communicate so they may increase their productivity, reduce costs, and improve services to members. Insights Learning & Development is a leader in the field of people and organizational development. Working in partnership with some of the world's most successful companies, Insights offers a wide range of unique and innovative learning solutions to transform individuals, teams and organizations. JCI now enjoys a partnership with Insights. Opportunity for JCI Leaders JCI leaders now have the opportunity to take part in an Insights survey free of charge. The survey will help them gain knowledge of their strengths and weaknesses in 40 different facets of leadership. By taking part in the survey, they will also help Insights prepare for the Transformational Leadership Program and the Competency Model to be launched in Seoul this November. Insights is testing the current version of the competency model with organizational leaders. The data collected will be reviewed only by the research team from the University of Westminster. Participants’ answers are strictly confidential and will be reported only as averaged group statistics. JCI will contact JCI leaders with information on how to take part in the survey. The Transformational Leadership Program This program, which will be offered during this year’s JCI World Congress in Seoul, Korea, is based on the premise that any organization develops thanks to changes occurring at the individual level, starting with the organization’s leaders. The program will help leaders understand their own unique style and how it manifests itself in their relationships with others and in their day-to-day activities. After enabling leaders to develop a clear knowledge of self and personal impact, the program will help them examine their effectiveness in several critical areas, using a range of diagnostic tools to develop valuable personal action plans. Don’t miss the Transformational Leadership Program in Seoul! To attend the 2006 JCI World Congress, you may register at a discounted rate before September 15. To do it online, please go to More photos… _________________________________________________ Please send your comments, suggestions and news contributions.

  • A Call for Peace
    “From within the walls of the soul of this organization, wherein the foundation of character and citizenship are laid, I hope a message will come forth in the sometime of tomorrow that will stir the people toward the establishment of a permanent and everlasting world peace,” declared JCI’s founder Henry Giessenbier. At no time has the propagation of this vision been more relevant than in the past three weeks, when the world has watched horrific pictures of the escalating violence in the Middle East. Thousands of innocent civilians — children, women and men — have lost their lives or been rendered homeless and indigent.

  • JCI Lebanon Sends Letter to Members
    JCI Lebanon, facing tragic events, would like to thank JCI members who are expressing their concern and who are helping. “In the midst of all these tragic events, our JCI mates from all over the world have flooded us with telephone calls, emails and letters of solidarity to show their support to JCI Lebanon,” they say. “We are deeply moved by your considerate thinking, which is acting as a morale boost for us in these hard times,” they add. “We would like to express our sincere gratitude to each and every one of you for making us feel part of a caring international family with lots and lots of compassionate brothers and sisters.”

  • JCI Asuncion Launches Preparations for 2007 JCI Conference of the Americas
    During JCI World President Lars Hajslund’s visit to Paraguay, JCI Asunción launched preparations for the JCI Conference of the Americas that will take place in Asuncion next year from May 16 through May 19. The media -- including ABC Color, Ultima Hora, Radio Ñandutí, Telefuturo día a día and La Nación -- covered the JCI World President’s visit as well as the launching of activities to prepare for the 2007 JCI Conference. Hajslund arrived in Asunción on July 19 and left early on July 22. It had been two years since the last time a JCI World President visited Asunción. This visit served not only to motivate and inform JCI members in Asunción and other locations in Paraguay, but also to launch activities in preparation for that important event, the 2007 JCI Conference.

  • Let’s Provide Better Leaders to Achieve Peace!
    -- By JCI President Lars Hajslund There’s never been a more evident need of better leaders than right now. Looking at the horrific and devastating conflicts in India, Israel, Lebanon and several other places around the world, it’s obvious that we need to step up to the challenge and provide the world with better leaders to achieve peace. Our vision of peace is rooted on the words of our founder, Henry Giessenbier — From within the walls of the soul of this organization, wherein the foundation of character and citizenship are laid, I hope a message will come forth in the sometime of tomorrow that will stir the people toward the establishment of a permanent and everlasting world peace.

  • Walk your Talk: Listen!
    Speech is silver, silence is gold. -- A Danish saying An experienced, motivated and knowledgeable salesman believed in his product, had attended countless sales courses, and knew advanced sales techniques. But he failed to meet his sales quotas! Solving a sales problem is usually simple. The complicated part is finding the reason for the problem. The experienced salesman of our story did not know why he did not reach his goals. To help him find out why, I joined him one day as he performed his duties. I accompanied him to a trade fair, at the office when he was booking meetings, at meetings with customers and potential customers, and at presentations of his product. After two meetings, it was very clear why he did not meet his sales targets. He used all the techniques he had learned at the most sophisticated sales courses, but forgot something he had been taught as a child: speech is silver, silence is gold.

  • Walk your Talk: Start with a Passion!
    When you stand at the top of the jump hill, there are many reasons for not running down. But it is the reason for running down that counts. -- Eddie The Eagle We often experience difficult choices. We face situations in which common sense tells us not to do something, but our heart urges us to do it. If the goal is right, we must let your heart, our passion, energize our actions. Jamie Oliver’s experience is a good example of why. Oliver had spent several years building up a brand. He became known as a nice guy who was good at cooking and who was able to display food in an appetizing manner. He had published many cook books and sold more than 20 million copies. When Jamie Oliver’s children were of school age, he became aware of how miserable the school lunch was in England. He had money to enrol his children in a school where the food was good. However, he realized that most parents in England could not do the same for their children, so he decided to find a way to help them.

  • JCI African and Middle Eastern Conference Sets Records
    The JCI African and Middle Eastern (Area A) Conference opened at the famous and ancient Ribat in Monastir, Tunisia, with 1,200 delegates, a record number for a JCI Conference in Area A. JCI Executive Vice President Jokotade Odunuga chaired the event from June 7 until June 10. The Conference enjoyed the support of Tunisia's President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Several regional and local government authorities, among them Mr. Taïeb Hadhri, Minister for Scientific Research, Technology and Development of Competences, were present at the Opening Ceremony. JCI President Lars Hajslund and other members JCI Board of Directors, including JCI Immediate Past President Kevin Cullinane, Executive Vice Presidents Scott Greenlee and Shoji Okuhara, General Legal Counsel Graham Hanlon, and JCI Secretary General Edson A. Kodama were introduced on stage. JCI Foundation Chairman Sonny Yu was introduced with his wife, Jennifer Yu, who was 1988 JCI President. Chief delegates, not only from Africa and the Middle East, but also from the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe, also went on stage.

  • Help Indonesian Victims through JCI Operation Hope
    JCI members worldwide have been saddened by the news that a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck the island of Java, near Yogyakarta, Indonesia, on Saturday, May 27. According a Social Ministry official, the earthquake killed more than 6,000 people, destroyed tens of thousands of homes, and left at least 130,000 homeless. On behalf of JCI, I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to all those affected by this catastrophe. This earthquake is another blow to the country after the December 2004 tsunami, which killed more than 131,000 Indonesians. Fortunately, no deaths or injuries have been reported among JCI Members. As an international organization that believes “the brotherhood of man transcends the sovereignty of nations” and “service to humanity is the best work of life,” JCI would like to provide as much help as possible. I extend a call to JCI members worldwide to assist through JCI Operation Hope.

  • The 2006 ASPAC Begins
    On May 23, 2006, delegates began arriving in Takamatsu, Japan, for the Asia-Pacific (Area B) Conference, also known as “ASPAC,” scheduled for May 25-28. Expectations were high based on excellent ASPAC reports received during the 2006 January Board Meeting. Led by Director Jin Oh, Conference Organizing Committee (COC) members have been working with extreme diligence to present one of the best JCI Conferences ever. The 2006 ASPAC Chairman, Executive Vice President Scott Greenlee, reported in January that COC members, who were excelling in their roles, planned to visit all Asia-Pacific national organizations by the end of March to promote ASPAC. He added that the JCI Vice Presidents assigned to the area were also working hard to achieve attendance targets.

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