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Writing Job Descriptions: Shared Experiences & Lessons Learned

Posted by Catherine Jelinek on July 8, 2017

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.

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Six Lessons Learned about Compensation Plans, Bonuses and Profit Sharing

Posted by Catherine Jelinek on May 3, 2017

Recently one of our Apprentice companies asked their Mentors a question on compensation structure, specifically comparing the benefits and challenges of bonuses versus profit sharing. This question was asked in a Mentor Team Meeting, which we run like an advisory board, and is attended by the Mentors matched with the company based on their needs upon enrolling in the program.

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The Power of Appreciation

Posted by Catherine Jelinek on November 22, 2016

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” - Voltaire

After every Junto Forum session, Tutoring Roundtable, and Mentor Team Meeting we close the experience with a round of appreciations. Everyone in the room has the opportunity to share something they appreciate, and since the prompt is a general one, anything goes.

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How to Create Operational Process for a Team Hiring New Employees

Posted by Catherine Jelinek on September 13, 2016

Part Three in a series on how to start designing operational processes, inspired by The Junto Institute's recent visit to Nick's Pizza & Pub and Nick's University. Part One covers the steps for an operational team that is static and stable, and Part Two for a team in transition, one that is onboarding and training new employees.

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How to Create Operational Process for a Team Training and Onboarding New Employees

Posted by Catherine Jelinek on September 13, 2016

Part Two in a three-part series on how to start designing operational processes, inspired by The Junto Institute's recent visit to Nick's Pizza & Pub and Nick's University. Part One covers the steps for an operational team that is static and stable, and Part Three for a dynamic team, one that is hiring for key roles.

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How to Create Operational Process with a Stable Team

Posted by Catherine Jelinek on September 13, 2016

Part One in a three-part series on how to start designing operational processes. Part Two covers the steps for an operational team in transition and onboarding new key roles, and Part Three for a dynamic team: one that is hiring.

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People Drive Process: How to Begin Creating Operational Processes

Posted by Catherine Jelinek on September 13, 2016

The JuntoIV Apprentices recently attended our class on Operations & Metrics. This half-day field trip to Nick’s Pizza & Pub and Nick’s University is always a highlight of the year. The cohort gets to actually see, touch, hear and smell (and over lunch, actually taste!) what a healthy, metrics-driven, systemized culture looks like.

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Aligned and Exponential Learning: The Philosophy Behind JuntoClasses

Posted by Catherine Jelinek on July 27, 2016

This is Part One of three in a series on the JuntoClasses. This post covers the philosophy behind our Classes, Part Two will address the content of our Management Classes, and Part Three will discuss the Leadership Classes.

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Topics: Learning

How We Communicate with Entrepreneurs to Optimize Their Time and Get What We Need

Posted by Catherine Jelinek on June 29, 2016

At Junto, we communicate with entrepreneurs daily: conducting program sessions, sending meeting reminders, publishing a weekly update and calendar, sharing interesting opportunities, and discussing goals and challenges as their companies grow.

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Company Values: How to Create, Formalize and Use Them on a Daily Basis

Posted by Catherine Jelinek on May 25, 2016

As I’ve written before, Junto does not preach or push a specific methodology for running a company. That said, there certainly are common business practices that our Apprentices adopt and integrate as a result of the program. One of these is the process of drafting, formalizing and integrating company values.

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