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How Emotional Intelligence Leads to Love at Junto

Posted by Raman Chadha on December 7, 2016

We have something unique and special at The Junto Institute: nearly 50 Alumni who have been members of a JuntoForum over the past four years. Through the Forum experience, these company leaders have learned, practiced, and developed new skills and habits rooted in emotional intelligence, many of which have led to positive behavioral change in their lives and workplaces. 

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How Being Lovely Helps You Become a Better Leader

Posted by Raman Chadha on November 26, 2016

Last year, I read a book that deeply affected me: How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life: An Unexpected Guide to Human Nature and Happiness, by Russell Roberts. It's a book about an economist by an economist but - as you can tell by the title - it has nothing to do with economics.

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The Right Way to Give a Heart-to-Heart Hug

Posted by Raman Chadha on October 12, 2016

Never could I have imagined that I would:

  1. appreciate how to give the right kind of hug

  2. actually do it

  3. tell others about it 

  4. insist that they do it

  5. write a blog post about it.

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Nine Leadership Lessons from Three CEOs

Posted by Raman Chadha on September 12, 2016

Last Friday we held the latest JuntoDay learning event, a mini-conference on leadership for growth-stage companies, featuring three accomplished CEOs:

  • Chris Considine - President of Onward Advising and Former CEO of Wilson Sporting Goods
  • Tom Gimbel - Founder/CEO of LaSalle Network
  • Adam Robinson - Co-founder/CEO of Hireology

All three shared the leadership philosophies, experiences, and practices that helped shape them as effective leaders who have built profitable companies recognized for workplace excellence. The following are three key lessons from each presenter's talk.

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Topics: Leadership

How The Junto Institute Got Its Name

Posted by Raman Chadha on August 26, 2016

In 1727, a young man in colonial Philadelphia formed a group of 12 artisans and tradesmen for the purpose of mutual improvement and philosophical debate. They were the entrepreneurs of the day: cobblers, lithographers, blacksmiths, etc. 

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The Genesis of The Junto Institute: The Idea, The People, and The Outcome

Posted by Raman Chadha on August 11, 2016

In the early 2000s, I was meeting regularly with a friend, David Gamperl, about the idea of starting an incubator. We never got past the early planning stages, and it went dormant for the rest of the decade. In late 2010, we resuscitated the idea based on several trends and developments in the startup ecosystem that emerged post-recession.

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Manage People With Standards Not Expectations

Posted by Raman Chadha on July 25, 2016

One of the first classes in the initial cohort of The Junto Institute's Apprenticeship program changed the way I will forever think about managing performance and leading people.

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Topics: Management, Leadership

The Junto Emotion Wheel: Why and How We Use It

Posted by Raman Chadha on July 20, 2016

One of the pillars of the Junto program is emotional intelligence. It is a focal point of the JuntoForum, the subject of four JuntoClasses, and a topic of conversation at happy hours, in one-on-one meetings, and among the companies' employees.

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Why Emotional Intelligence Matters to Leadership

Posted by Raman Chadha on June 16, 2016

One question we often get is how and why emotional intelligence (EI) training is part of the Junto program. Before getting to the answer, let's cover a couple definitions.

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How and Why Investors Benefit from Junto

Posted by Raman Chadha on June 7, 2016

I started working on the The Junto Institute in 2011. Later that year, my friend Jeff Carter, a co-founder of Hyde Park Angels in Chicago, became involved in an advisory capacity. He brought an interesting and unique perspective, having deep experience at that point as an angel investor (today, he runs a venture fund).

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