Juno Journal December 22'

JUNO Journal: December 2022

Direct from the Director

Where did Two Thousand and Twenty-Two go?

It cannot possibly be December! But, I guess it is.

My rational brain, and a glance at the calendar, certainly says it’s December, but ‘my oh my’ some parts of me say surely it must be June or July still.

Fear not, my dear reading friend. I am not feeling overwhelmed by the day and date, but I certainly do have a bit to do between now and whenever we temporarily close the JUNO Institute doors for our holiday break in 2022. I am certain you have loads to do too, so I’ll be brief.

It’s been a truly great year at JUNO. Coming out of the covid years of 2020 and 2021 it was also a challenging year, as many wrestled with flexibility and hybrid working, great resignations, quiet quitting, (I read just this week about career cushioning too) and all that other good stuff that affected work and workplaces. Within JUNO we also had some challenges connected to funding streams, but we are alive and well, and very much looking forward to 2023.

The strong message that came through from the JUNO team when they looked back at the year that’s been was, “hybrid Paul, hybrid”. Embracing all things hybrid as individuals and as a team while having empathy with and for our participants as they navigated the hybrid world also. It’s required us to unlearn and relearn, to ensure JUNO’s Programs have the required (tech aside) human-centred impact.
We have also noticed that organisations are even more motivated to figure out what their values are and to navigate this space that ‘sounds easy’ but requires effort and planning to bed this down. try to live by those. The lockdowns really gave people an opportunity to think about and work through those issues more than ever. This is especially noticeable in the sort of questions people are asking themselves around their purpose, job sustainability, giving back, having an impact in the world around them etc.

The JUNO crew has had its fair share of tests and challenges, they have felt vulnerable and uncertain too, but they showed up, leaned in, pushed through their own limiting beliefs, adapted and delivered for our diverse group of Corporate Clients and Community Partners across the scope of Adaptive Leaders, Passport to Work, Strengths in Action, Impactful Leaders, Revive, Accelerate, High Performing Teams, and Engage with Insight Programs.

In 22 our Community Programs have seen 450+ participants engage with and positively benefit from the JUNO offerings. While circa 320 Corporate and Government participants (new and emerging leaders) have experienced JUNO’s immersive and experiential learning approach.

We have engaged with over 150 corporate and Industry volunteers too that participated in one (or more) of our skilled volunteering activities through the monthly Mock Interview Workshops.

My thanks to the organisations that hosted a JUNO event through 2022 including; Mercer, ANZ, SEEK, Cobild, Monash College, and Alfasi Group.

Let me close with a huge thank you to our Primary Clients and Partners in 2022: ANZ, AFCA, Findex, KPMG, Development Victoria, Hume City Council, NAB, iSelect, Simplot Australia, Racing Queensland, Sustainability Victoria, Victorian Planning Authority, Suburban Rail Loop Authority, AustralianSuper and Nufarm. We couldn’t do what we do without you. Thank You.

From us here at JUNO wishing you all the very best for the remainder of 2022, and we look forward to working with you all again in 2023.

Paul Lacey

Paul Lacey – Director

PG’s Muse

Ready or not, you are called

2023 will be a year of transition for yours truly. Musing monthly here in JUNO’s Journal has been fun this past couple of years. I am thankful to Paul for enabling my creative expression and leadership ponderings.

So, to close this chapter of JUNO Muses I’ll be brief, as there’s plenty of other good content for you to read and reflect on in this month’s Journal.

Let me take you to Steven Pressfield’s book The Artist’s Journey. I used this quote just a week or so ago to close a session with the ANZ Creative Leaders cohort. It’s apt here for you too as you think about what 2023 and beyond might mean for you.

Steven Pressfield is now typing…

“A powerful destiny lies coiled inside you. This force is… an active, dynamic, intelligent presence, endlessly creative, ever-mutuating, responsive in the moment, supporting and guiding you as you evolve and advance. A great adventure awaits you. Ready or not, you are called.”

Wishing you well as 22 becomes 23, and beyond. See you on the other side.


– Peter Godfrey ‘PG’.
    Associate Director

In the Client’s Voice

In any given year at JUNO we run a number of bespoke Coaching and Development Programs, in parallel of course with our flagship Adaptive Leaders and Passport to Work Programs.

In 2022 we partnered with ANZ’s Design Office to design and deliver a unique leadership development immersion for a cohort of designers and creatives at the ANZ.

The cohort graduated just last week. Here’s a reflection on the Program and Juno’s role in it from Michelle Walter, Head of Design Operations, Design Office, ANZ:

“I first came across JUNO via my manager suggesting that I enrol in the Juno Adaptive Leaders program. It was the ideal program for me to tie my passion for helping our community, with my own leadership goals and aspirations.

I’ve participated in leadership programs over the years, but the work with Juno is like no other. It went deep into my heart and mind to understand the leader I was at that time, and helped me form a picture of the leader I wanted to be.

The program had such a deep impact that I approached Juno to co-design a similar program for our designers at ANZ Bank. The Program was labelled – “Creative Leaders”. Creative Leaders was the first Program of its kind for our creative community and a first for Juno.

There were many aspects to the program that surfaced raw emotions and conversations, at times raised more questions than answers, and required our cohort to be honest and vulnerable — all in service of being a better version of themselves as leaders.

As we wrap up the program, I’m feeling grateful to the Juno Institute’s facilitators and coaches Marion Osmond, Tim Roberts and Peter ‘PG’ Godfrey who co-designed and delivered the Program, and in turn supported and guided the group of leaders on every step of this important journey.

My thanks too to our incredible cohort of ANZ leaders who signed up, leaned in, and showed their authentic selves every step of the way.

I can’t wait to see the impact this program will have for many years to come.”

Curated Content

In curating content for the JUNO Journal I know that your time is precious and I know that the information superhighway is awash with content, and just a little hyper-reality. Selective and minimalist is the goal, aiming for stuff that is fresh (or refreshed), provokes a thought, causes you to pause and ponder, is interesting. Occasionally I’ll add something-completely-different too.

In the spirit of less being more at times, just two pieces of content for December.

In One Word – Vulnerability

An easy yet important read as you close out 2022 and begin to plan and think about 2023.

“There’s immense (leadership) power in being openly vulnerable.”


Carol Dweck: A Summary of Growth and Fixed Mindsets

Great ideas and content rarely get old. Such is the case with Carol Dweck’s work on Fixed and Growth Mindset.

The link will take you to a FS Blog and a 7-minute read, with an embedded TED Talk by Dweck. 

“Our ideas about risk and effort come from our mindset.” Another great place to close out 2022 and help you frame your mindset for 2023.


Tiny thought of the month

A couple of thoughts from acclaimed author Stephen King this month.

‘Life is like a wheel. Sooner or later, it always comes around to where you started again.’

‘Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.’

JUNO Graduations, Mock Interview Workshops & Client Celebrations for the month

Thank you for reading Juno Institute’s Journal

As you set your Plans and Strategies for Development in 2023 please reach out at any time on anything and everything to do with Leadership Development and Coaching: Adaptive, Authentic, Self, Strengths, bespoke and more. We’d certainly love to help you.

We are working on some ideas as to where we take our humble Journal in 2023. It might look a little different, but we’ll be back for certain, in February 2023.

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