049: Remembering 9/11: Part 2 – Our Personal Stories

Earlier this week was the first part of our tribute to the 20th anniversary of 9/11, where I shared a bit about my time as an officer in the Fire Department of my hometown, Kenilworth, New Jersey.

I talked about some of the leadership lessons I learned during those years and how I led a firefighters company into New York City on 9/11.

So, today’s episode is the second part of our tribute to 9/11. I’m joined by two of the firefighters that were part of that team on 9/11: Bobby Walker, who was the Deputy Chief at the time, and Joe Padula, also a captain who’s still active with the department.

We’ll talk about our memories from that day and some of the perspectives of what went on behind the scenes spending time with New York City Firefighters as we moved into the staging area in Staten Island where we got our assignment.

048: Remembering 9/11: Part 1- What My Time As A Firefighter Taught Me About Leadership

As the Leadership Jam Session Podcast is approaching its 50th episode, I want to thank all of my listeners for investing your time to tune in and listen to my podcast.

In this episode I share a little bit about my time as an officer in the Fire Department of my hometown, Kenilworth, New Jersey, and some of the valuable lessons on leadership I got to learn during those years.

The fantastic people working in this department were all volunteers, from the firefighters up to the chief. It was a very humbling experience to be there, and the experience deeply impacted me and shaped my entire approach to leadership.

So, this episode of the Leadership Jam Session Podcast, along with the next episode, are dedicated to the 20th anniversary of 9/11, and I hope I also serves as a reminder that we should never forget what happened that day, especially for those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

046: How to Deal With Decisions When You Disagree With Your Boss

How do you handle getting directions passed down from your boss that you don’t necessarily agree with? And how do you communicate these decisions to your team?

In this week’s episode of the Leadership Jam Session Podcast, seasoned leaders Cherie Tofthagen, Brian Reardon, and Mike Sabol join me to discuss the best strategies to adopt in these scenarios. We’ll talk about why transparency and communication are crucial, how to give ownership to your team, and the importance of mentorship and building advocates.

044: How to Build and Maintain Your Team’s Trust in a Virtual Environment

The COVID pandemic drastically changed the way we think about business and community-building. Virtual environments have practically become the new workspace for a significant part of the worldwide workforce. As a leader, building and maintaining your team’s trust in such strange times can be challenging to get right. Perhaps your team doesn’t get along too…

043: How to Guide Teams Through Times of Change with Fred Rapp

Regardless of the industry you come from, trying to lead your teams through a restructuring or a merger acquisition while keeping them focused can be daunting. Problems such as a lack of communication among the team or a shared frustration over a slow transitional process can quickly arise. The difference between success and failure will…