November Journal

Paul’s Jotting


It’s Juno’s 20th Birthday.

Editors note: I hijacked Paul’s Jotting this month. We all know how selfless the Great Man P Lacey is. Shameless self-promotion is not his or Juno’s forte either. So I figured a Q and A with Paul to mark Juno’s 20th Birthday is the way to go

Great Man, “happy Juno birthday”, 20 years of Juno and still going strong, how does it feel?
Thank you. Truth be known mate the covid clouds were a little dark at times, but we have made it through, in no small thanks to some amazing community partners and corporate clients. So right now, it feels great, really truly great. It goes without saying, but I will say it. I love Juno, what we do, who we are, and what we stand for.

Ed: Those that know you Paul, know your energy and passion. For those that know you less well, what continues to drive you, 20 years hence?
Paul: The profoundly transformative difference that we make in people’s lives. For certain there’s easier gigs that I could be doing, and they would definitely come with greater extrinsic rewards and likely fewer headaches ‘lol’. That said though I doubt they’d provide the intrinsic rewards I get program to program, week to week, month to month, and year to year from witnessing the growth in our Proteges and Mentors. Seeing the positive and lasting impact we have on their lives, way way beyond the timetable of the actual Program they do.

Ed: There’s something in that about the journey rather than just the destination, right?
Paul: Absolutely. It’s the ‘penny-drop’ moments that we see in every individual in every Program. That realisation of their worth and value, and potential, as a human being no matter their race, creed, gender, education, socio-economic status, or state of disadvantage.

Ed: Penny-drop-moments, I like that, tell your readers some more.
Paul: I see the lights go on, literally, when a disadvantaged community member transitions into employment or further education; when a Leader (new, emerging, and seasoned alike), so used to the corporate ‘way’, has to adapt to be able to connect with another human that is from a polar place in our social structure. As you well know PG, a Juno Adaptive Leaders and Passport to Work Graduation is, on every occasion, a profoundly moving experience.

Ed: What’s the data point on ‘lives-touched’ by Juno Paul over the 20-year ride?
Paul: Too many to count, seriously. In terms of Graduates from Adaptive Leaders we are hedging 4000, and a similar number from Passport to Work. Then there’s the pebble-in-the-pond effect. Every Mentor goes back into their workplace and impacts their ecosystem. Proteges enter the workforce and/or further education opportunities and impact those environments. Countless Client Sponsors have moved organisations and taken Juno with them into their new worlds, in some cases 5 and 10 years on. Graduates are still using our tools and frameworks 15 years on. Mentors and Proteges from Programs long finished are still in touch with one another. We don’t actually know where the positive impacts of Juno’s work ends. I am completely at peace with our inability to count that!

Ed: No doubt Paul your small but very capable team at Juno will read this brief Q and A. What do you say to them?
Paul: A massive and unfiltered thank you. It’s a cliche but I could not do what I do without those around me at Juno. Past, present and future. It’s a boutique team at Juno, always has been and always will be. We’ve never been about scale and revenue. We’ve always been about caring, equipping, and lasting transformation. To work at and with Juno requires far more than technical ability. There’s a passion, an inner drive, a sense of contributing to something much bigger than self, a selfless commitment to creating a healthier community and better workplaces . I’d be remiss here too PG not to mention my wife and family with love and appreciation for their support in the Juno journey too.

Ed: I am guessing Paul that one day you may well write the full and unedited Juno memoir, to mark your life’s work, but for now as you ponder your 20th birthday, a final few words?
Paul: In a word – privilege. I have had, and will continue to have, the privilege to be sitting in the front row every time two individuals from completely different worlds come together for a 12 week Program and emerge from the other side having shared with and gained from each other, something invaluable. The raw and unedited power of human connection. They each learn that there is far more that they have in common than uncommon. They learn that with the right intent, equipped with tools, tips and frameworks, they can truly impact another’s future for the better, and for the long-term.

Ed: Thank you Paul for tackling the Q and A. Happy Juno Birthday once again, and I am blindly assuming it’s ‘here’s to the next 20?’
Paul: My thanks in return PG and a major thank you to the thousands upon thousands of fine humans that have helped shape Juno over the past 20 years. Yes, it is absolutely, unequivocally, without question, never in doubt, “HERE’S TO THE NEXT TWENTY YEARS.”


We are so close to the finish line of 2021 and what a year it has been. Ups, downs, sideways, pivots, handstands, cartwheels, somersaults, repeat. You know the feeling right?
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. This is our last Juno Journal for 2021, and we have OPPORTUNITIES for YOU to WORK with US in 2022. Let’s get together and plan in the next few weeks, so you can set and forget over your well earned January break.

Adaptive Programs

“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.

In 2022 we will run the flagship and award winning Adaptive Leadership Program 14 times across the country. A couple of those Programs will have a multi-national cohort too. The first half of 2022 is shaping up for us to run 9 Programs, such is the level of demand. The great news is that Programs can return to being run in-person, while we will retain the virtual option where it’s right for clients too.

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 2022 leadership development conversation before 2021 closes out. We have a golden opportunity on a first-come first-in basis for a Program that kicks off on 24 February 2022. If that’s for you reach out to Paul directly, quickly, via

Authentic Programs

“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.

Self-Leadership Programs

“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 Coaching Federation)

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. Go on, you have earned it. You being the best version of you will benefit everyone around you.

In addition to the Programs above, we also have opportunities for Volunteers spread through the year to help disadvantaged community members. Our Mock Interview Workshops are a great Juno taste test. Leave your contact details and we’ll add you to our mailing list for our MIVs.

PG’s Musing & Curated Content

Happiness, Donkeys and Unicorns (Inc)

Less is definitely more for November 2021, here’s a blended Muse and Curation.
What a year it’s been. What a couple of years it’s been. I am all about resetting for 2022. I have been Coaching others on the same quest too. Keys to my personal reset include Happiness and Unicorns.
I’ve mused previously on Happiness, and in particular on Martin Seligman’s work. His book Authentic Happiness is a short reach from my right hand as I type to you. Do yourself a favour if you are craving a quality read over your break. Something a little lighter on Happiness perhaps? An Inc piece here from Chopra that will get you thinking about Purpose, Giving, and Gratitude as you launch into 2022.

The work of the Productive Unicorn: focusing, taking breaks, shutting the door, creating systems, sorting the urgent from the important, and halving your to-do list; will set you up very nicely for 2022. In short, stop, just stop, being busy. It’s not a badge of honour. It’s potentially counterproductive too. 3&sr


With thanks…

Thanks for reading my Muses through 2021, and I sincerely hope you get continuing value from my Curated Content. Looking back over the year there’s a rich body of material there for your reference and reflection as you reset for 2022.


– Peter Godfrey ‘PG’.
    Associate Director

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

I am reading Henry Mintzberg’s Bedtime Stories For Managers (2019) as part of the research process for my own Book (more on that in 2022). This quote is from Mintzberg, but not from that particular book. It’s a neat provocation to close out our Journal for 2021 as we look toward 2022…

“When the world is predictable you need smart people. When the world is unpredictable you need adaptable people.”
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From us at Juno to you and yours, whatever the festive season means to you, we hope it is safe, healthy, happy and full of meaning and purpose. We’ll see you in 2022.

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