Ten days ago, I sent the following email to our community.
Our latest cohort of growth-stage companies recently graduated from our Apprenticeship program, a nine-month experience during which they improved their leadership skills, emotional intelligence, decision-making, and team alignment. They did that by attending a variety of individual and team sessions over nine months:
- Leadership Forums
- Leadership & Functional Classes
- Mentor Meetings, and
- Tutoring Roundtables.
One of the traditions of JuntoNight is that each graduate company has the opportunity to make an "Ask": a specific request of the guests in attendance at the event.
Last Wednesday evening we hosted our annual JuntoNight. This is a celebration in honor of our JuntoV Apprenticeship companies who have graduated the program as well as the Mentors that shaped their learning.
Imagine you're invited to someone's home for an evening. You're a special guest, meet everyone in the family (whether two or ten), get a personal tour of the home, have a pleasant dinner with everyone at the table, retreat to the family room for lively conversation, and leave after 4-5 hours.
When I interviewed for my role at The Junto Institute, the process was lengthy and unique to me. I had face-to-face interviews by video and in-person, assignments to complete, and questions that got to the core of my beliefs. I had never experienced an interview process that unveiled the person I was beneath my work spirit.
For the past six months, a common theme I've been discussing is that of value creation and value delivery, what I have learned to be the two core elements of any business.
Throughout my time at Junto, I've facilitated, attended, and participated in dozens of sessions where job descriptions were a topic of discussion. As an outcome, I have come to believe that job descriptions have two main functions.
We're delighted to announce that Taylor McPartland has joined The Junto Institute as Managing Director, Los Angeles. In his role, Taylor will help Junto build the LA market by recruiting companies for our program cohorts, creating the local Junto community of Mentors, Instructors, and Partners, and managing the program which begins this fall.