054: Leadership Tips From Dave Forman, US Submarine Captain

By Rob Fonte | 10/19/2021 |

Today’s guest is Captain Dave Forman, 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.

In this Leadership Jam Session Podcast episode, Dave shares his most significant leadership victories and challenges.

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053: 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.

We’ll talk about the importance of building relationships and fostering healthy communication, plus Lindsay’s and Lisa’s advice for new managers on dealing with a dotted line relationship successfully.

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052: 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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051 – Ask Rob: How Do I Know If I’m a Good Leader?

By Rob Fonte | 09/28/2021 |

In this episode of the Leadership Jam Session Podcast, 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.

If you’re dealing with a challenging scenario, feel free to reach out to me through my website at leadershipjamsession.com. Click where it’ll say ‘Ask Rob,’ and you’ll be able to send your scenario to me.

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050: How to Manage An Employee Who Lacks Self-Awareness

By Rob Fonte | 09/21/2021 |

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

By James Christie | 09/10/2021 |

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.

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

By James Christie | 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.

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.

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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. 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.

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

By James Christie | 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.

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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