April Journal

Paul’s Jotting



Last month I ‘jotted’ about the ‘hummm’. It was a little word play on human and human connection, the core of who Juno is and what Juno does. The associated message of course was (and still is) that I am absolutely feeling the energy and connectivity being physically back meeting with current and prospective clients, partners, suppliers, and my wonderful Juno Institute team. The hummm, I declared, is palpable.



Now with all of that said, our clients and partners adapted so well in 2020 to the virtual delivery method that we have been asked to continue with a virtual delivery option for our Award winning Adaptive Leaders Program. Meet the client where they are? Of course we will.

Seizing the opportunity here therefore to do a little promo of our Adaptive Leaders

Program that will start on 27 May (yep, just a month or so away). The May Program will be delivered online AND is a Multi-Organisation Program, meaning we can happily and readily accommodate small cohorts of mentors (3, 4, 5 for example) from a number of organisations. Our experience with the Multi-Organisation Program is always really positive. Mentors learn and gain valuable insights from one another way beyond the

Program content. The upside for clients also is that mentors can be included from anywhere in Australia.

Interested in our May Multi-Organisation Adaptive Leaders Program? Reach out via placey@junoin.com.au and I will be in touch straight away.



If May is just a little too soon for you we will be running a second (National)

Multi-Organisation Adaptive Leaders Program in September of this year. Same deal, email me and we can chat asap. September will arrive oh so quickly.




Before I run out of jotting space, a quick mention of Juno’s Mock Interview Workshops. Your call to action my Juno Journal reading friend, jump to the end of this Journal for more info on the opportunity…

– Paul Lacey, Director

PG’s Musing

This month’s muse is inspired by Simon Sinek (Start with Why; Leaders Eat Last; The Infinite Game) Sinek’s material is oft quoted and widely available. I am happy to declare I have used some of his stuff in conference keynotes, team meetings, coaching conversations and alike.

It is quality and powerful in its own right. It’s quality and power in my view is enhanced when one actually pauses to ponder on it, deliberates over it, and acts arising from it.

In The Infinite Game there’s a Chapter on Trusting Teams. In it Sinek illustrates, using a ‘two by two’**, insight into how one is selected for the US Navy SEALS. The axes (that’s plural for axis) used in Sinek’s two by two are Trust and Performance. Where Performance is about technical competence, and Trust is about character. It’s an interesting read in and of itself. Not surprisingly the highest performers are not automatically chosen as SEALs.

More interesting however to this ‘muser’ is this nugget later in the chapter:

“Leaders are not responsible for the results, leaders are responsible for the PEOPLE who are responsible for the results.”

Leaders are not responsible for the results, leaders are responsible for the people who are responsible for the results. LEADERS responsible for PEOPLE, go figure!! Apply that lens and logic to your next reading of the daily news on Business and Politics, or perhaps within your own organisation. How are those ‘leaders’ faring?

For Sinek, and for yours truly, there’s something in this whole leadership space about assessing and valuing inputs not just and solely outputs. The values and virtues of leadership you might call them. Honesty, integrity, courage, resilience, perseverance, good judgement, and more…

Sinek also goes here… “a bias for will before resources, trust before performance, increases the probability of higher levels of performance over time.”

Trust over performance? Performance over trust? Which do you prioritise as a Leader?

For Sinek, ‘when leaders are willing to prioritise trust over performance, performance almost always follows…’

Trust before performance, being responsible for people, valuing inputs, virtues and values. The practice of leadership…


– Peter Godfrey ‘PG’ Associate Director

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, provokes a thought, is interesting, and now and again I’ll add something-completely-different.

A bit of a theme running through this month’s curated content, ‘caring’. Enjoy the reading and listening, and maybe work the content into your own reflections and deliberations, and your practice as a leader.

5 Steps

A quick read published on Inc. Leading the whole person, creating safe places, and ROI (return on investment).

Leaders with Heart

If you liked the 5 steps article here’s a podcast with Heather R Younger (Leadership with Heart) speaking to Matt Manners CEO and Founder of Inspiring Workplaces. Matt shares a bunch of insights on the traits of a caring leader: approachable, lead by example, share their burdens, shine the spotlight on others, and there’s a quote from ‘Rocky’ in there too.

Actions, not words

Go figure that caring leaders create trust, loyalty, engagement, motivation, better results, and a sense of safety. There’s 3 tips in this article, and a link to another HBR piece that I decided not to curate in separately.

Caring in Public

Clearly caring isn’t just a leadership at work thing, caring is innately human, so here’s a thought starter for beyond the workplace. Ponder some of these gems on your next commute, supermarket visit, concert or sporting event. No surprise to my readership, there’s some Stoic Philosophy in this Medium piece.

Random (or perhaps not so random) ‘Quote’ of the Month

In putting the April Journal together it just felt like a James MacGregor Burns month. (JMacB, Pulitzer Prize winner, historian, author of 20+ books)

“In real life, the most practical advice for leaders is not to treat pawns like pawns, nor princes like princes, but all persons like persons.”





Is there a chance that you and some of the great people that you work with can volunteer 4 hours of your time, during office hours to support disadvantaged and marginalised community members practise their Interview Skills? If so, we have an opportunity for you.

As part of our Passport to Work Program our wonderful ‘proteges’ (long-term unemployed, youth-at-risk, and others) need practice in being interviewed for jobs. At Juno we have been running Mock Interview Workshops for many years with the amazing support of so many past mentors, as well as current partners and clients alike. It’s a truly rewarding experience in its own right.

We have two face to face Workshops coming up, and we’d love your involvement:

Wednesday 19th May – 9.30am – 1.00pm; Wednesday 16th June – 9.30am – 1.00pm. Both at the Atlantis Hotel (Spencer Street, Melbourne). Contact me for further details:


March Mock Interview 2021

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