Remembering 9/11: Part 2 – Our Personal Stories

Last week’s episode 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, 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. 

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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. 

I’m confident that all of us can point back to specific events and people that have shaped us on our leadership journey.

For me, there was a significant time in my life that helped shape me as a leader; my  time as a firefighter, and more specifically, when I was asked to lead a team into New York City on 9/11.

So, this episode of the Leadership Jam Session Podcast, along with the next episode, will be dedicated to the 20th anniversary of 9/11. 

I’ll share a little bit of my background and talk about how that day’s events shaped my leadership principles and philosophies. I hope this episode also serves as a reminder that we should never forget what happened that day, especially for those who made the ultimate sacrifice. 

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047 – Ask Rob: How to Handle Two Employees Who Are Not Getting Along 

Today’s episode will feature a new format we’re launching called ‘Ask Rob’, where I answer questions I’ve received from listeners on how to handle challenging scenarios related to managing teams.

This episode is based on a question I recently received asking me how to manage two employees who are not getting along but need to work together to achieve a common goal. 

To help me tackle this specific, challenging scenario, I brought in Eddie Dowling, a seasoned leader and a dear friend of mine who’s also been on the Leadership Jam Session podcast before.

We’ll discuss why it’s essential to take a step back and understand the context of the conflict and that it didn’t happen overnight. And we’ll also talk about why it’s in your employee’s best interest to get them to work it out themselves.

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047 – Ask Rob: How to Handle Two Employees Who Are Not Getting Along

Today’s episode will feature a new format we’re launching called ‘Ask Rob’, where I answer questions I’ve received from listeners on how to handle challenging scenarios related to managing teams.

This episode is based on a question I recently received asking me how to manage two employees who are not getting along but need to work together to achieve a common goal. We’ll discuss why it’s essential to take a step back and understand the context of the conflict and that it didn’t happen overnight. And we’ll also talk about why it’s in your employee’s best interest, and yours, to get them to work it out themselves.

If you have a challenging scenario that you’d like to get my thoughts on, please go to my website at leadershipjamsession.com and look for the ‘Ask Rob’ logo. There, you’ll find out more about how you can submit your challenging scenario to me – which could get featured right here on the jam session.

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.

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