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What Junto Really Is and Why I Love What I Do

Posted by Catherine Jelinek on April 26, 2016

All of us on the JuntoTeam regularly talk about how this isn’t a “job”. No two days are ever the same. We are surrounded by wise, seasoned Mentors and enthusiastic, change-making founders. And we are constantly learning and growing, right alongside the companies we serve.

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JuntoIV: How Our Latest Cohort Is Different from Past Ones

Posted by Catherine Jelinek on February 24, 2016

JuntoIV began just over a month ago with Opening Night on January 20. It feels like we’ve known the new Apprentices for much longer, and yet a winter month in Chicago has never gone so fast.

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Announcing JuntoIV

Posted by Catherine Jelinek on January 20, 2016

We are thrilled to announce JuntoIV, the fourth cohort of companies to enroll in The Junto Institute.

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Junto2015: The Year in Pictures

Posted by Catherine Jelinek on December 15, 2015
Running Junto operations, someone from our team is always in the room for every session, usually sitting in the back or to the side. From this prime real estate, we were able to observe and experience the third Junto year in action, and what a year it has been.
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How to Make Better Decisions As Your Company Grows

Posted by Catherine Jelinek on December 15, 2015

At Junto, we believe an entrepreneur’s ability to make sound decisions is the most important measure of her/his leadership ability. Similar to emotional intelligence, strong decision-making cannot be taught, but it can be learned. Heightened emotional intelligence helps improve a leader’s focus and ability to reason, which leads to sounder decisions.

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JuntoDay: Growing a Business is Not Scaling a Business

Posted by Catherine Jelinek on November 4, 2015

Last week we held our first JuntoDay, a day-long learning event with sessions on sales, people, and scaling. Craig Vodnik, co-founder and COO of cleverbridge and a JuntoMentor, led the session on Scaling & Operations.

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How to Run Great Board Meetings (Part 3 of 3)

Posted by Catherine Jelinek on November 3, 2015

Two weeks ago we published Part 1 and last week we published Part 2 of our series, "How to Run Great Board Meeting." In this third and final part, we move on to the steps we follow the next business day after the meeting. 

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How to Run Great Board Meetings (Part 2 of 3)

Posted by Catherine Jelinek on October 27, 2015
Last week, we published Part 1 of “How to Run a Great Board Meeting”. It was focused on the steps we take a before conducting Mentor Team meetings for companies enrolled in The Junto Institute’s Apprenticeship program.

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How to Run Great Board Meetings (Part I of 3)

Posted by Catherine Jelinek on October 19, 2015

At the beginning of the JuntoApprenticeship every company is assigned five Mentors that serve on their Mentor Team. This group acts as a de facto advisory board during the nine-month program and meets with the company’s leadership team every month for two hours.

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Emotional Intelligence Training & Millennials

Posted by Catherine Jelinek on September 23, 2015

Half of The Junto Institute’s Alumni and Apprentices qualify as “Millennials”. This generation is known as one with lofty, unrealistic goals and expectations, and generally gets a bad rap for being entitled. I, myself, am a Millennial and regularly engage with our Millennial Alumni and Apprentices through our program.

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