093: Our People Finish First, with NASCAR L&D Leader, Rob Carman

By James Christie | 02/12/2024 |

In this episode, I sit with Rob Carman, Senior Director of L&D for NASCAR. Rob shares his insights on leadership, team development, and the importance of emotional intelligence in fostering a positive and productive work environment. He emphasizes the crucial role of trust, honesty, and passion in leadership, likening emotional intelligence to “the force” in…

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092: How Gen X Can Transform Leadership, with Dr. Robert DeFinis

By James Christie | 01/24/2024 |

In this episode, I have a dynamic conversation with Dr. Robert DeFinis, exploring various aspects of leadership, generational dynamics, and the unique qualities of Generation X (Gen X) leaders. Dr. DeFinis, who has worked with children, athletes, coaches, leaders, and organizations for over 20 years has a diversified background with extensive experience in education, leadership,…

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091: How Leaders Can Get to “The Point”, with Steve Woodruff

By James Christie | 01/08/2024 |

In episode 91 of the Leadership Jam Session, I sit with the King of Clarity, Steve Woodruff, to talk about his new book titled “The Point: How to Win with Clarity-Fueled Communications.” The book is an expansion of Woodruff’s previous work, “Clarity Wins,” and it offers a practical and universal formula for clear communication applicable…

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090: How a People-Centric Approach changed everything, with Jonathan Cinelli

By James Christie | 12/18/2023 |

In episode 90 of the Leadership Jam Session Podcast, I sit with Jonathan Cinelli, a seasoned leader with over 20 years of experience in the construction industry. Jonathan is the host of the People First Then Construction podcast and is also the author of Kick Your Ego Aside and Put People First. He shares his…

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089: Coaching to different generations, with Kim Catania

By James Christie | 11/27/2023 |

In this episode, I sit with Kim Catania, a successful strategic and leadership development consultant, to discuss the challenges and nuances of coaching and leading the younger generations in the workforce, specifically Millennials and Generation Z. Kim is member of LTEN, the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association, and is a guest lecturer at Sacred Heart University. We…

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088: The A to Z of being the best leader you can be, with Dr. Yvonne Bleam

By James Christie | 11/06/2023 |

In this episode, I sit with Dr. Yvonne Bleam, Senior Director of Training and Development at Geron Corporation and author of “A to Z of being the best leader you can be, leading through the alphabet,” discusses the importance of teaching leadership concepts to children. Yvonne emphasizes that adults have a responsibility to raise tomorrow’s…

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087: Crafting a Personal Leadership Model, with Tim McElderry

By James Christie | 10/18/2023 |

In this episode, I sit with Tim McElderry, a Director of Commercial Leadership Training in the biopharmaceutical industry. Tim shares his leadership journey, including the creation of his personal leadership model, and how he intends to apply his expertise in leadership in a bid for public office. KEY TAKEAWAYS: Tim’s leadership journey started with a…

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086: The art of knowing when training or coaching is the solution

By James Christie | 06/13/2023 |

In today’s fast paced and ever evolving world, the success of any organization hinges on the skills and expertise of its employees. But how can organizations ensure that their workforce is equipped with the right knowledge and abilities to thrive in a highly competitive landscape? That’s where training and coaching come into play. Joining me…

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085: Developing Emerging Leaders, Part 2

By James Christie | 05/22/2023 |

This is part two of a two-part recording where I sit with several coaches that participated in a recent Emerging Leaders program that I create and facilitate. These are seasoned leaders, hand selected by the organization to help coach assigned participants throughout the entire duration of the program. You’ll hear perspectives around the importance of…

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084: Developing Emerging Leaders, Part 1

By James Christie | 05/15/2023 |

For many of my clients, I create and facilitate what’s called an Emerging Leaders program. It’s designed to prepare emerging leaders for their first management positions. Participants learn and apply foundational leadership skills throughout a multi-phased experiential journey. At the core of the program is the use of internal managers to serve as coaches and…

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