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