Take a deep breath everyone; the longest month of the year is over. Why is it the longest month of the year? The joy of the Christmas season came to a close, the days are short, New Year’s resolutions are straining our will power and the eternity that seems to exist between pay days.
But for me, I wish January could have been a little bit longer! Why?! As my first month in office as JCI Scotland National President, the team has achieved so much, I don’t want to see it end.
The job really started this time last year when I was getting ready to attend my first international conference, European Presidents’ Meeting (EPM). I was learning the ropes, learning a different side of JCI and learning to plan. A year of training for a year to lead.
So, what have I and the rest of my leadership team accomplished in our first month?
Strategy – We have a plan! We have all taken responsibility for delivery of that plan and agreed to support each other in that delivery. Every task has a leader who will drive that aspect of the plan and we will see results at the end of the year. Main areas of development for JCI Scotland:
- Building relationships between national and local boards through support and teambuilding
- Membership engagement on local, national and international levels
- Concentrate on the JCI mission: To provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change
Communication – This is a big area of concentration for us this year and we are working hard to try to nail this. We are developing a social media strategy to ensure that information from HQ and international events is featured, as well as making sure you know what is going on in all the areas of JCI Scotland. Watch this space for more.
Projects – Each local chamber is taking responsibility for a National project to help raise the profile of JCI in all areas of Scotland. JCI Aberdeen is hosting National Conference from 13-15 April which is shaping up to be a fantastic weekend. JCI Edinburgh is taking the lead on our Ten Outstanding Young People award and hosting it in Fife, which has been an area of development for us. I’m hoping to be able to update you all soon about what JCI Glasgow have in store for us later this year.
We are also bringing back our famed JCI Scotland Leadership Academy and looking to develop it into something to match the ever changing needs of our members. More information about it will be coming soon, look out for it taking place in September/October.
JCI Scotland did very well at the business pitching competition at World Congress 2017. To build in this success, we are also looking to launch a project to help support start-ups in Scotland improve their pitching skills. This will ideally lead to us being able to put forward our winner to World Congress in Goa later this year.
So what do I think so far? I’m so grateful for the team I get to work with this year. They have really stepped up to the plate and helped drive forward the organisation. I’m so excited too after what we have accomplished in the first month to see what we can do by the end of the year. We are a small team, but we are mighty!
Watch this space for more updates following EPM this week and a February follow-up.