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24th Feb, 2017



JCI Manchester held their first charity event of the year last night at Revolution Parsonage Gardens, in aid of our nominated charity for the year Mancunian Way. This of course was the day storm Doris threatened to ruin everyone’s evening plans! Thankfully attendees were not deterred by her ferocity and they came down to experience an event that was the first of it’s kind for our chamber.


The idea for the event came from members who asked for more opportunities to network and meet new people. Often we’ll attend an event and because the room is so packed full of people already in groups we’ll immediately find those we know or have met before, which immediately defeats the object of attending an event to meet new people. Then there are those who have never met anyone in the room and are attending by themselves. An extremely intimidating situation however friendly the group of people in the room are. Often they will only have the opportunity to meet 1 or 2 people when actually they wanted the chance to speak to everyone.

With the Younger Games we wanted to change this! We wanted to create an event with an environment that naturally stimulated genuine conversation between all the attendees, that wasn’t speed networking and wasn’t the awkward stand up and tell us about yourself for 2 minutes. Ice breakers can be very hit and miss and put people on the spot. We certainly didn’t want this. We wanted people to come down and genuinely feel like they got to know people. So we put on an evening of interactive networking games and activities, and we are happy to report that it went down a treat!

On arrival attendees were given a small square piece of paper with either a red, blue, green or pink bee, (as well as a prosecco).

After some initial mingling for the first 15 minutes where bees were mixed together they were asked to group together and find their fellow bees of the same colour. On completing this task they were given tasks 1a and 1b to complete as their bee group. Task 1a was to remove the question cards, take one each and answer the question that they had chosen. These included such questions as ‘What would be your last meal on death row’ and ‘Who would you spend a year on a desert island with…’ – this seemed to generate some very interesting conversation and got the attendees chatting generally rather than just about business. A much warmer way of introducing yourself!

After this the group stood around and were asked a series of questions as a group. If the answer applied to them they were to step forward. For example:

Q1. Step forward if you can play a musical instrument – Turns out 70% of the room could play a musical instrument!

Q5. Step forward if you have been in a theatrical production that wasn’t one from your school days – turns out we had a few theatrical types in the room who have starred in such classics as Les Miserables, and Big Brother the musical.

Q7. Step forward if you have ever been thrown out of a bar or nightclub – turns out a fair few people had! For one person this was because they had slid down the stairs on a tray…

This was a great way for people to discover hidden talents or experiences about the other attendees with them having to volunteer them themselves.

After this the groups were given a 4ft bamboo cane and challenged with raising it in particular way without losing contact! Harder than it sounds.

After a short break for some of Revolutions finest bar snacks, we began task 2. For Task 2 the bee groups joined another bee group to form a double group and were given the ‘over the line challenge’ where everyone had to step over the line at EXACTLY the same. Gradually getting more and more difficult as they completed the previous level. Eyes closed and silent gave everyone the biggest challenge.

Finally there was the social media treasure hunt where they stayed in their groups and challenged to capture a group shot, a group shot holding something that wasn’t theirs, and finally a group shot with a stranger holding up an I love JCI Manchester sign.



That concluded the evening and everyone reported that they had a great time and were able to chat to everyone there. Exactly what we wanted.


Due to it’s success we will definitely be running another evening of it’s kind where people are guaranteed to meet new people in a fun, friendly and non-awkward way! 

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15th Feb, 2017

First Breakfast Briefing of the Year was a 'Stroke of Genius...'
by Simon Anderson on February 15, 2017 12:28




This morning JCI Manchester hosted their first breakfast briefing of 2017. The title of the talk was ‘Unleashing Your Genius: An Essential Component to Personal Leadership’ and was delivered Sue Coyne, an authority and thought leader within the field of sustainably effective leadership.

The seminar first covered the topic of becoming master of your own life; moving you from a position where you feel like what you are doing is not right for you, or you feel like you have more to offer, to a place where you are thriving and excited about what you do day to day because it allows you to shine and be successful and at your best in a sustainable manner. Sue spoke to us about the importance of personal leadership and what that actually means in terms of your ability to lead an organisation or business. Much of personal leadership is about knowing your vision/purpose and what success means to you. It is then about developing strategy and translating it into steps to help you use your unique talents and realise your potential.

“Personal Leadership is the only leadership that is going to matter in the 21st Century” – Peter Drucker  

At this point we were given the opportunity to discuss with other attendees about what success meant to us and how we would score ourselves in each of the 3 key areas of our life; Health, Happiness and High Performance. This generated some extremely interesting feedback. Some people didn’t know because it’s not something they think about (myself included) and some scored themselves very low which was almost an eye opener. The key point to consider here is that this method of self-reflection is something that you should look to do on a regular basis.

The talk then moved onto the importance of the stages of development and how much the wiring of our brain in our early years affects our mindset and our ability to perform in later life. Many attendees in the room will have been at the ‘individuating stage’ of development where the formation of our own identity is formed. This is where we begin to become accountable for every aspect of our life and learn to manage the fears we have and develop our emotional intelligence. It is in this stage that we should give focus to the wiring of our brain, because in many cases we didn’t take the time to re-wire our thought processes from that that we developed from the early years. So many of us haven’t yet finished that upgrade in ‘software.’ This is the stage where we are looking for opportunities to explore our gifts and talents and not be micro-managed. Without the freedom, autonomy and challenges at this stage of development, you will not experience true well-being.

We then moved onto the topic of genius and how the 20th century definition of the word, essentially meaning something that is the preserve of the few such as Albert Einstein, or Mozart, is being re-conceptualised to a fit with the 21st century mindset; That genius is created by 3 key variables – our genetic inheritance (49%), the environment around us and our mindset (51%). The last two of which we can influence directly ourselves. The 21st century mindset states:

-          Genius is available to us all

-          Each person can develop a Unique Individual Genius

-          Each person can develop genius in any discipline, craft or skill

-          Moments of genius are available to us all

-          People can work together in a state of collective genius

We normally only express 40% of what we are capable of - the principal inner obstacle that stops it manifesting is FEAR!  Whether this is FEAR of failure, or fear of what other people will think of us. A lot of this is to do with our upbringing and the way that society gets us to conform in the classrooms of our schools and the institutions we inevitably end up in as a consequence:

“All children are born geniuses. 9999 out of every 10,000 are swiftly, inadvertedly degeniused by grown-ups…”   - Buckminster Fuller


The third topic of discussion was Motivation; what it is and how we increase it. Motivation is essentially our inner drives that determine how we feel and how we act.

Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly… Stephen R Covey.

Nurturing and growing our motivation comes from an ability to know ourselves and what our inner motivators are. In the world of work you will be motivated by a combination of factors relating to Relationships, Achievements and Growth. It is about knowing which of these motivate you and choosing to develop you genius based on your inner drives.

The talk finished with a number of opportunities to follow up on what was learned, these being:

-          Buy a copy of the bestselling book ‘Stop Doing, Start Leading’

-          Complete a Motivational Maps on-line Assessment with an optional 1-2-1 with Sue

-          Developing your own authentic leadership brand/confident leader online course

-          And the above course plus a 1-2-1 one hour coaching session with Sue

The details for all these will be criculated to attandees at some point in the near future! 

We are keen that all attendees have genuine follow-up activities that they can partake in if anything resonates with them during a breakfast briefing event this year with JCI. So if you want to get in touch with Sue to talk about any of the following or think she can help in your organisation please don’t hesitate to get in touch:

Thanks once again go to Sue for giving up her time to deliver the talk to JCI this morning. The feedback we have received has been exceptional!

Our next breakfast event is an ‘Empowering Women’ panel discussion in celebration of International Women’s Day on the 8th March. This will be held at Menagerie usual time. Link on Fatsoma soon!   

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5th Feb, 2017

JCI Manchester Chooses Mancunian Way as nominated charity for 2017
by Simon Anderson on February 5, 2017 19:48


JCI Manchester chooses Mancunian Way as it’s nominated charity

Each year JCI Manchester chooses to support a worthy cause or charity through the running of the charity event programme. In previous years we have supported the likes of Francis House, Forever Manchester and more recently Challenge4Change, Action Against Hunger and MedEquip4Kids.

This year is no different and after being put to a board member vote, JCI Manchester have elected to support Mancunian Way.

Mancunian Way was ‘born out of the ashes of the riots in 2011’ and rose to fill the gaps left in service by the council and police in terms of reducing anti-social behaviour amongst disenfranchised young people. They run many projects and services for young people across Manchester and have dedicated outreach teams which work on the streets where anti-social behaviour is rife and there is a heightened risk that young people will be involved in risky behaviour.

The project supports 1000s of young people a year. By way of example they have helped educate 100s of young people, supported them into employment and rescued a number of individuals from serious sexual abuse. They have young ambassador and leadership programmes and run various community initiatives in film arts and sporting projects.

We are unbelievably excited to be supporting such a worthy charity, one that is Mancunian through and through, and one that will hopefully give all members a chance to get a bit more hands on with support.

Our first charity event in support of Mancunian Way is ‘THE YOUNGER GAMES’ on the 23rd February at Revolution Parsonage Gardens 6-9pm. A night of interactive networking activity designed to get you talking to people you don’t know! Nothing too cringe, we promise! You can book your tickets here >>> 

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