Leadership Tips From Dave Forman, US Submarine Captain 

By Rob Fonte | 10/19/2021 |

Captain Dave Forman is a US Navy Submarine Captain and founder of Wolfpack Leadership.

Dave provides his clients with practical training and the application of proven leadership methods from US submarines.

He has over 20 years of experience at all leadership levels, from line manager to chief executive. Dave leverages his success and experience as a nuclear submarine Captain to accelerate his clients’ leadership skills.

Keep reading to learn why the fundamentals of good leadership apply to both the private and military sectors. We’ll also discuss Dave’s most significant leadership challenges, plus his advice for new leaders.

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Top Challenges Of Managing in a Matrix Environment

By Rob Fonte | 10/12/2021 |

The matrix environment: When you have employees reporting to you and reporting to other managers on a dotted line.

Getting everyone on the same page with this type of team alignment can get a little confusing. 

Nevertheless, a matrix environment defined by sincerity, humility, and communication can yield impressive results.

So, what are the most significant challenges and benefits of managing employees in this environment?

In today’s Leadership Jam Session Podcast episode, I welcome two of my former colleagues, Lisa Wynja and Lindsay Luke, to help us navigate this discussion. 

Read on to learn more about the importance of building relationships and fostering healthy communication, plus our advice on managing in a matrix environment successfully.

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Sometimes It’s the Little Things That Matters Most

By Rob Fonte | 10/05/2021 |

How do great leaders approach team management?

Today’s guest is Scott Holmes, a good friend who used to work with me at a previous company.

Scott is a great leader and has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry. He is currently the vice president of the commercial business group at a startup biotech company.

In this week’s episode of the Leadership Jam Session Podcast, Scott joins me to talk about his experiences as a leader, why trust is the key to team building, and the importance of giving back to your employees and the community.

We’ll also talk about one of the most critical aspects of team management; the little things we do as managers that impact our employees personally.

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Ask Rob: How Do I Know If I’m a Good Leader?

By Rob Fonte | 09/28/2021 |

Many of you reach out to me from time to time with a challenging management scenario, where you’d like to get guidance on how to approach that.

Today’s episode will feature a new format that we rolled out called ‘Ask Rob’.

Today’s question is from Doug, who is from Colorado:

“Hi, Rob. I was recently promoted into a management position about eight months ago. I often hear you talk about transition and the need to understand that there’s a difference between managing a process and becoming a leader. My question to you is, how do you know when you’ve made that transition? Or at least know that you are a good leader?”

In this episode of the Leadership Jam Session Podcast, I’ll address Doug’s challenging scenario. I’ll talk about why true leaders are the ones that get validation from the teams they lead. I’ll also share some of my life experiences that shaped my approach to leadership. 

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How to Manage An Employee Who Lacks Self-Awareness

By Rob Fonte | 09/21/2021 |

Today’s episode will focus on a prevalent yet challenging scenario that plagues all of us: How do you deal with an employee who lacks self-awareness? 

Fortunately, there are some strategies and specific techniques you can apply when dealing with a situation like this.

In this episode of the Leadership Jam Session Podcast, I’m joined by a group of seasoned leaders to discuss how to manage an employee with a low degree of self-awareness effectively. We’ll talk about why it’s essential to validate your perceptions with other managers and how to have a fruitful coaching discussion with your employee.

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Remembering 9/11: Part 2 – Our Personal Stories

By Rob Fonte | 09/10/2021 |

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

By Rob Fonte | 09/07/2021 |

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 

By Rob Fonte | 08/24/2021 |

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

By Rob Fonte | 08/17/2021 |

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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045: What Is the Essence of Authentic Leadership?

By Rob Fonte | 08/10/2021 |

What does it mean to be an authentic leader? And how can you develop that mindset?

Today’s guest is Sean Georges, a former Marine Corps officer who graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy and currently serves as a Senior Vice President and General Counsel for a publicly-traded company. 

One of the most profound lessons Sean has learned on authentic leadership springs from the story of a near-fatal car accident involving his daughter. He witnessed the power of teamwork towards accomplishing a shared mission embodied in the bold actions of the rescue team.

In this episode of the Leadership Jam Session Podcast, we’ll discuss what lies at the heart of genuine leadership, the difference between managing and leading, and how to develop an authentic leadership mindset.

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