2022 & Renewal (#thankful #resilient #exciting #grateful #results)
And we are back! Welcome to Journal ‘numero uno’ for 2022.
Hello from me to you for 2022. Is it too late to say Happy New Year? I think not.
“Happy New Year” my dear readers and Juno Institute faithful.
My hope for you is that 2022 is bright and prosperous and full of meaning.
By the looks of it we are all through the worst of the pandemic #thankful, although my sense isthat the ripple effects will be felt in many ways for some time to come, #resilient.
At Juno we are definitely back in the swing of things with a full year ahead, #excited. We weathered 2020 and 2021 pretty well all things considered and have emerged intact with nosmall thanks to our loyal clients and community partners. And of course on a personal levelwith another no small thanks to my small but totally committed and very capable Juno InstituteTeam, #grateful.
In pondering my first Journal Jotting for 2022, I reflected on my break over the late December /January period. Away in nature with the Fam (a dose of covid for good measure), and all things Juno rarely far from my mind. And a sense of renewal came to the fore.
Renewal, hmmmm, let’s explore, I thought.
‘Renewing yourself is important to the daily living of a human being. When you renew yourself, you start afresh.’
John W Gardner is attributed with “Renewal is not just innovation and change. It is also the process of bringing the results of change into line with our purposes.”
So for us here at Juno it’s into and onto 2022 feeling refreshed and renewed, focussed not juston innovation and change for their own sake in our Leadership Development and Coachingwork, but on the results of change for our clients, partners, mentors and proteges alike, #results.
I am feeling renewed, with some hashtags to frame my year, I hope you are too. What are your #s?
Paul Lacey – Director
Where to begin?
I haven’t written for a while, my muse has been on leave. Literally it left me for a time, but it’sback now, phew! (I have Journals to Write, Content to Curate, and a Book to Complete).
Staying with Paul’s renewal theme, Ralph Marston is attributed with this gem:
“Rest when you’re weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit.Then get back to work.”
I don’t think I realised until I too was away in January on Victoria’s West Coast (my spiritualhome) how weary I was. Weary of spirit and weary of mind primarily. I took five books away with good intent to read them, and barely turned a page. I guess global pandemics can make one weary right?
Much of my work of late is centred on Character Strengths. We all have 24 Strengths to varying degrees (Signature, Middle and Lesser). Among the 24 are Kindness, Fairness andForgiveness. The guidance I give to those I coach is that the Strengths apply inwardly to self just as they apply outwardly to the world and to others. So in dealing with my weary spirit and weary mind I had to take my own guidance. Be Kind and Fair to yourself, where Kind equates to nurturing, caring and compassionate, and Fair equates to a sense of justice. Forgiveness is about accepting your own shortcomings and providing second chances.
So, in terms of my work on ‘self’, did the world notice that I hadn’t read anything or written anything for a while? Not in the slightest. Did my mind and spirit appreciate the time and space?Of course they did.
And so it’s 2022 and I am completely looking forward to a year of Adaptive and AuthenticLeadership Programs, Strengths in Action Workshops, and One-to-One Self Leadership forResults coaching with a small number of individuals.
In Marston’s terms, I am ‘back to work’.
– Peter Godfrey ‘PG’.
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.
Running on fumes as a Leader, do you opt for Compassion or Performance?
Aiming to provoke some thought and reflection on your practice as a Leader via the first curated piece for 2022. This piece published in HBR earlier this month will challenge your binary decision making and provide a couple of practical tips for leading and managing in 2022 and beyond.
> Learn How
In praise and support of ‘middle managers’.
While we may not be huge on the title ‘middle manager’, much of our work in the Juno Institute’s Programs (Adaptive, Authentic, Strengths) focusses on this sector of the organisational hierarchy. Another thought provoking piece here, that includes “five high-level skills that today’s middle managers should possess”.(Side note: if we can help you in any way with the development and upskilling of your middle managers, then please do reach out to us here at Juno.)
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Work with us in 2022
A little recap from our November Journal…
Many of our clients understandably had to pause and park their leadership development plans for 2021, with needing to invest so much energy into the challenges that the pandemic posed. 2022 is going to be a very different story however, and we are already seeing that a couple of months into the year.
We have OPPORTUNITIES for YOU to WORK with US in 2022.
“Adaptive Leadership focuses on the adaptations required of people in response to change. Simply stated, adaptive leaders prepare and encourage people to deal with change.” (Northouse 2019)
If you are looking to invest in your mid-tier to senior-level leaders, those at the front of change and transformation, then the Juno Adaptive Leaders Program is the way to go.
You can download the Adaptive Leaders Program Brochure here on our website and leave your contact details and we will be in touch in a matter of days to have the all important 2022leadership development conversation.
“Authentic Leadership focuses on whether leadership is genuine and real. It’s about the authenticity of leaders and their leadership.” (Northouse 2019)
If you are looking to invest in your new and emerging leaders, and by doing so help them figure out who they are as a leader, while they also work on foundational meta-skills to equip them for leading immediately, then the Juno Authentic Leaders Program is a must for you.
In the first half of 2022 we are setting up to run just 2 Authentic Leaders Programs, so places are limited. The details of the Program are here. We’d love to have a conversation with you.
“Partnering in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires to maximize personal and professional potential. The process of coaching often unlocks previously untapped sources of imagination, productivity and leadership.” (International CoachingFederation)
Surely just a small part of 2022 can (and should) be about YOU. When was the last time YOU invested in YOURSELF? The life of the leader is more often than not about others. Their growth, their development, their challenges, their opportunities. But, what about YOU? Goals, Strengths, Performance and Wellbeing are the focus of our individualised Self-Leadership Program. Details can be found here. You being the best version of you will benefit everyone around you.
Random (or perhaps not so random) ‘Quote’ of the Month
“When the world is predictable you need smart people. When the world is unpredictable you need adaptable people.”
I thought I’d open 2022 with these two quotes from Henry Mintzberg (yes, I really like HenryMintzberg’s take on the world of management and leadership…):
“Leadership, like swimming, cannot be learned by reading about it.”
“Management is, above all, a practice where art, science, and craft meet”
Thank you for reading Juno Institute’s Journal