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JUNO Journal: April 2023

News & Views

JUNO and HBR ‘in sync’ on success

In February we were chuffed when we read an article published in the Harvard Business Review. Now, to be clear, the article wasn’t written about JUNO, but in a way it was written about JUNO.

The HBR piece centred on ‘seven research-based strategies. The strategies that help program designers address common pitfalls and build experiences that actually drive positive change in leadership development programs’.

The seven strategies are:

• whole-person growth.
• opportunities for self-reflection and meaning-making.
• targeted programs to support leaders.
• don’t underestimate short, intensive programs.
• acknowledge and address psychological barriers to growth.
• ensure that short-term growth leads to sustained, long-term impact.
• embrace online learning.

At JUNO our Programs are all about building experiences that drive positive change. We hit whole person growth, hone in on self reflection and meaning, vary our program length, focus on barriers to change and growth, always have an eye toward long-term impact, and with a small thanks to covid, we have embraced hybrid and online learning.

With all of that said, our humble self-assessment is that our Programs are ‘in sync’ with what success looks like ‘today’ in the leadership development space according to HBR’s research.

The article, “What Makes Leadership Development Programs Succeed?” Is in our curated content this month.

Leadership ‘Utopia’

Utopia: ‘an imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect.’

A decade or so ago the creative souls at ‘Working Dog’ made an eight-part satirical series. It follows the working lives of a tight-knit team in charge of guiding big building schemes from announcement to unveiling.

‘Utopia’ was set inside the offices of the “Nation Building Authority”, a newly created government organisation responsible for overseeing major infrastructure projects, Utopia explores that moment when bureaucracy and grand dreams collide.

In the Utopia series constant shifts in priorities are the order of the day as the staff are asked to come up with plans for everything from new roads and rail lines to airports and high rise urban developments. In short, ‘Utopia examines the forces that go into creating a very well-designed white elephant.’.

Art imitating life? Perhaps.

At JUNO we often see new and emerging leaders wrestling with the ‘utopia’ challenge. How to stay focussed on the true essence of organisational leadership while simultaneously avoiding the pitfalls of short-termism. The leadership development space is infected with ‘catch-phrases’ and ‘quick-fixes’; form over substance. Leading well and leading sustainably for the long-term is hard work. It takes a defined skill set, a commitment to a set of practices, and formed habits.

There are tried and tested approaches to leadership development and to the practice and habits of leadership. At JUNO we are staying the distance on the experiential and immersive approaches that have served our clients and partners well for over two decades.

We don’t want any hand in designing or building white elephants.

Click here to see our suite of Programs, and then let’s have a conversation about achieving long-term and sustainable leadership outcomes in your organisation.

Reads and Listens of the Month

At JUNO we read plenty and we listen to lots connected to Leadership, Leadership Development, Coaching and more. We have too, to stay current.

Each month we’ll include a link (or two or three) to an article or podcast that is topical and timely for you to read or listen to and reflect on. Curating and sharing is just our humble way of contributing to the pursuit of excellence in all things leading and leadership.

For this month:

Here’s a Tiny Thought courtesy of Farnham Street:

“Doing your best isn’t about the result. It’s about the preparation. It’s about the position you find yourself in before you do whatever you are doing. When you put yourself in the proper position, the result takes care of itself. The average person who puts themselves in a great position beats the genius who finds themselves in a poor position.”

Some content is timeless. This piece on the neuroscience of trust is such content:


While we are on ‘the mind’, here’s five habits of the master thinker. Think about it:


‘The Voice’ of JUNO Program Participants:

Making a Difference through Human Connection

I registered with NORTH Link’s JVES Program in August 2022. At the time of registration, I was 46 years of age and had been out of the workforce for 22 years. I was feeling low in confidence and not sure what to expect with an interview or how to put a resume together. That all changed when the NORTH Link JVES Team arranged a JUNO “Passport to Work Program” for me. In this Program, I learnt various skills for a successful interview and also had the time to develop my resume. Steph, Kha and my mentor Candyce were always only a phone call away if I needed anything.I couldn’t have gotten through the course without them. Within days of finishing the JUNO training I felt equipped to start applying for jobs and was successful in getting a Retail Customer Service position close to home. I am thankful to the NORTH Link JVES Program and to the JUNO Institute for their support.”

Christine B.

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

Thank you for reading Juno Institute’s News and Views

As you set your Plans and Strategies for Development looking towards the new Financial Year 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.

Contact JUNO here: Phone: +61 3 9866 7993; Mobile: +61 4 0854 3320

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