Two JuntoAlumni Companies Named to 2017 Inc. 5000 List

Posted by The Junto Institute on August 18, 2017

The Inc. 5000 list is out and we're thrilled to announce that Tiesta Tea (JuntoI) is ranked #759, and TopstepTrader (JuntoIII) is ranked #1261 on the 2017 list.

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The Yin and Yang of Every Business: Value Creation and Value Delivery

Posted by Raman Chadha on July 11, 2017

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.

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Topics: Leadership

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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Junto Welcomes Taylor McPartland as Managing Director of Los Angeles

Posted by Raman Chadha on June 26, 2017

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.

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Hiring and Firing: Lessons Learned and Helpful Reminders for Growing Companies

Posted by Maddy Kaplan on June 20, 2017

The first JuntoClass of each cohort is called Hiring, Managing & Firing. This is intentional because the focus of our Apprenticeship program is on leadership, people, and culture, and this class is the ideal starting point. By setting this tone, the companies in the program are then comfortable bringing up the topic in their Mentor Team sessions, Tutoring Roundtables, and Forum sessions (not to mention that it comes up organically in other classes).

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Topics: Leadership

A Simple Approach to Differentiation: Your Company's Identity or Your Customer's

Posted by Samantha Mikos on June 13, 2017

At Junto, our Mentor Team Meetings have a way of unraveling the hard questions in business. These questions push our cohort companies into thinking about, or actually having, the hard conversations they may have been avoiding or didn’t know were important.

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Leaders Have a Choice to Be Emotionally Intelligent

Posted by Raman Chadha on May 17, 2017

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. 

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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 Magic of a Single Moment of Self-Awareness and Its Effect on Leadership

Posted by Samantha Mikos on April 30, 2017

Leaders take many shapes of character. There are the strong and bold, the brave and courageous, and even sometimes there is a quiet, guiding leader. Every leader is unique. Each one has a different background, motives and ideals. And while I have experience in multiple leadership roles, the one question I continue to ask myself is this: what does it take to be a good leader?

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The $5 Million Question: When Does a Growing Company Need to Hire a New CEO or COO?

Posted by Raman Chadha on April 28, 2017

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.

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