I was inspired to write this post after reading an article yesterday by Gallup called "The No. 1 Employee Benefit That No One's Talking About." Here's an excerpt that summarizes the piece:
On Monday morning, Taylor McPartland, our Managing Director in Los Angeles, received the following email from one of the Apprentices in our JuntoLA program.
We are thrilled to announce that, in the past two weeks, seven new growth-stage companies have begun their Apprenticeship program at The Junto Institute.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rich Lyons, co-founder and CEO of LyonsCG, a global commerce services provider with 350 employees worldwide, recently taught Leadership & Self-Management, one of the emotional intelligence training classes that are a part of Junto's leadership development program for growth-stage companies in Chicago. Rich is a longtime JuntoMentor, and has been studying and practicing emotional intelligence for over 15 years, during the time he and his partners have built LyonsCG.
Last week, I discovered an important pattern for us at Junto: companies that passed the $5 million revenue mark had a need for an experienced CEO or COO to help run the company.