We are really looking forward to our Junto Social Bonfire Event this Saturday. Last month’s hike was so popular, we realized that we wanted to bring people together without an agenda more often . . . and the bountiful bonfire was created!
In our Junto meetings, we usually have 2-3 hours to dive into topics, a couple hot seats and have a structured unstructuredness. The social events are a great way to organically create relationships with members in other groups and spend some more relaxed time with familiar members.
In this Bonfire Event, we will have food, beach games, fire, and a beautiful evening to share. Please bring a bathing suit and towel if inclined to enjoy the paradise we are blessed to live in. Definitely, bring a sweater so we can talk under the stars.
Our goal is for you to leave this event with new friends, deeper relationships, and a relaxed feeling from an evening of fun.
As always, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know you are coming. Invite a guest that you feel could bring value to Junto and similarly, who Junto could serve as a platform for.
“What do you look for in companies you invest in?”
This is the question fellow Junto member Shiv Shukla posed to Angel & VC investor Raymond Watt at our November Mastermind Event. Shiv is a medical device entrepreneur raising series A capital. Raymond is serial entrepreneur, investor, and Chairman of YPO (Young President’s Organization)…and throughout the event he shared his experience and contrarian wisdom.
The answer Raymond gave was not what I expected. I was expecting product market fit, clear strategic and operational plan, etc.
As a community of entrepreneurs and leaders, we’ve experienced how difficult the entrepreneurial journey can be. We’re proud to share a story from one of our member’s successes.
It’s a story of business started from an idea discussed in a Junto meeting and then translated into reality through the skills and action of our member and his team. Jon Tucker, the CEO of Compete Marketing, launched a venture HelpFlow eighteen months ago.
It was a huge success going from idea to a five figure monthly sales in six months to six figure monthly sales in 12+ months!!
Jon is a long time Junto member attending almost every meeting for almost five years. When he started in Junto he worked at an entry level role at a large Digital Agency. After a year there he decided to launch his own online agency: Compete Online. Over time, Jon grew the agency but faced the same challenges that all online agencies face. Scaling a services business. In Junto, another member introduced a trend he saw to productize online services.
He cited several companies doing with success including wpCurve, Design Pickle, kudio.io. We discussed other services that could be productized. Jon was particularly interested in the discussion and set the “intention item” of continuing to develop ideas along this business model. He did! Over the next thirty days, he came up with the idea for and launched HelpFlow. A productized chat service for high traffic e-commerce websites. He was introduced to mentors, customers, vendors and strategies supporting him in turning his intention into a reality.
Like I said, within six months of launching the company was doing five figures in sales per month and soon on its way to be a million dollar plus company.
This is what Jon says about Junto’s role in his life and business:
”Junto has been the most important part of my career so far. By staying connected with such a powerful and motivated group of peers and meeting regularly over the past few years, we’ve all helped each other build successful businesses and more important successful lives. I’m constantly humbled by the accomplishment of this group, and I’m so happy to have been able to surround myself with this group.”
The time is now to start your journey. Great accomplishments do not happen overnight. Let’s start this journey… learn more here: getstarted.juntoglobal.com
Jon is a badass with an attention to detail and a knack for systematizing and discovering inefficiencies. This level of detail is seen in the amount of information he provided, and for those looking to add efficiency and save time & money, this detailed blog post is GOLD.
For those who don’t already know, Jon is a long time Junto member who started a marketing agency called Compete Online.
Jon iterated his business to a productized service which he is close to scaling to seven figures. He is an expert on Systems.
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Fireside chat conversation:
What is a system? Why is it important?
• Businesses do stuff for customers
• Systems are the means to that end
• If you make systems easy to understand and execute, you can hire people to do each Read More
Junto Global Contributor Tyson McDowell is a 33-year-old entrepreneur with quite a story. He recently sold his company for $100M, which he led as CEO with partners who were much older. He raised money, sold to the initial customers and built the business model and team. He learned a lot along the way. On a personal note, Tyson may be in contention for being the most interest man alive, along with being a successful entrepreneur. He’s Reiki certified. He builds airplanes. And can make you laugh.
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What you’ll find in this edition:
How do you interact with your employees?
How involved are you in the hiring process?
What are your challenges employing people from different generations?
What are the benefits?
What is your best practice for creating a strong company culture? Future is the natural of business, the accepted beliefs of the organization.
What books have you been able to apply the most after reading?
Chris is a serial entrepreneur who has created multiple 6 and 7 figure companies in different industries. He specializes in Sales, Marketing and Systems.
Chris contributed insanely at Junto Global’s most recent Business Mastermind as he came to collaborate with us on some the toughest challenges of Entrepreneurship.
Chris’s main focus was:
The different stages of business
Understanding your core genius
Building a team around your core genius.
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On Contrarian Wisdom
-“Spend money not time”
Often as professionals or young entrepreneurs with limited financial means, it’s necessary to do things ourselves versus hiring others to do them. It can even be a source of pride to have the ability to learn how to do anything. Chris reminded us that Read More
The Business Mastermind series stems from our recurring Junto Collaborator events, many of which have occurred in the past few weeks.
What you need to know:
These events are intended to serve you in three unique ways:
1. To meet and collaborate with other Junto Members
2. Guests. In person OR virtually.We actively encourage members to bring guests along who can benefit from the mentorship and insight that these contributors provide. Before attending, please register your guest at www.JuntoGlobal.com/refer
3. To bring together your current business and personal challenges and 10x your results
These Business Mastermind Series are a great opportunity to bring guests to, bring your business challenges to, and walk away with clarity.
This is an ACTUAL quote from a Junto member, shortly after one of our Business Mastermind series.
“My most productive week this year followed the business summit. Unlike other business summits I have been to, the personalized interaction with business leaders through the Junto structure and medium enabled me to derive lessons in areas of my life and business I didn’t know I needed. After implementing these lessons, I’m already seeing noticeable effects on my happiness and the success of my company. My advice to you, “Find a Junto chapter and join the growth yesterday!”
Know Purpose, Mission, Vision, or Passion to Set Quality Goals
In order to set goals, milestones and really benefit from accountability we need to know where we want to go.
Napoleon Hill said “Having a definite major purpose is the first step to living a successful life.”
Whether you already know or have no idea, this series of frameworks will help center down on your purpose.
To start the journey, below is a framework developed by Jim Collins in Good to Great. He called it the Hedgehog. It’s where passion, skills and the market come together. Having and knowing their “Hedgehog” is one of the key characteristics of all great companies.
“Hedgehog Concept” Framework
This framework was expanded on to help individuals figure out their passion. It’s where passion, skills, the market and what the world needs come together.
The below framework, the “Johari window” explains why opening up and being real will benefit you and help others to help you.
This framework helps explain how we gain awareness through the external processing that occurs in Junto if we challenge and push each other on blind spots!
Let’s open to each other on our true values, passions, skills, interests, etc. and we will benefit it unknown ways including discovering our passion, being referred connections, resources and maybe most important being more connected and gaining more awareness of ourselves and each other!
Ten years after I started my personal development journey I was stuck on implementing habit changes that I’d learned and knew would make a difference in my life and success.
I’d studied Tony Robbins, Napoleon Hill, off course Ben Franklin, and many others and knew that right things to do. The going to bed early, waking up early, exercising, planning my day, meditating, journaling, miracle morninging, etc. But, each day I rushed off to work and by the end of the day I was tired and my will power was gone that I would end up going out, staying up late and starting the cycle again the next day.
In a Meredith Junto meeting, I was introduced to the concept of SPACE. One of the women in the group kept on talking about the SPACE she was creating in her life and how the was impacting outcomes. I was intrigued and asked questions to learn more. The lessons had a profound impact on me. I realized that I was not creating the space in my life to accomplish what I wanted to accomplish. I was unorganized, had boxes of papers and files that hadn’t been sorted in years, was spending time and money in ways not aligned with my priorities. I started being intentional about the space I was creating in my life and over the pursuing years discovered my passion, left my corporate job, started a company, and met an amazing woman.
In that journey diving into my own SPACE, I was surprised all the places it showed up. Places I didn’t expect like time, money, intuition. Through an on-going journey, we’re learning a lot about the larger concept that we’d like to share with you to apply in your life, and create the space for your own journey.
Different element of SPACE:
-Body / Physiology
Below is a deeper dive into each of these and how they show-up in our lives:
And it’s one of the hardest questions to answer. It’s a community. An environment. It’s a peer to peer platform. It’s a movement. It’s an idea. It’s part of our history. It’s the secret to all great accomplishments. Alright, I might be getting a little carried away.
But, really it’s done a lot of outstanding things for people similar to you. Not always in ways they could have planned. It isn’t always comfortable. But, it’s all real, good and really good. Even Extraordinary.