Rob Fonte is the host of the Leadership Jam Session Podcast, where every other week you'll get to hear leaders at all levels of management share their practical solutions to the management challenges you face every day. On this podcast, Rob shares leadership experiences with listeners by bringing in leaders from all different levels to “Jam” on a variety of leadership topics. Some of the best insights are captured from just listening and learning from each other as they share their experiences. More importantly, we learn to see things through the lens of a different perspective and how to move forward with a different approach. With that concept in mind, the Leadership Jam Session podcast was born. Be sure to stay up to date at leadershipjamsession.com.
Humility – The “H Factor” in Leadership, with Dr. Matt Sowcik
In this episode, I sit with Dr. Matt Sowcik, Assistant Professor of Leadership Education at the University of Florida, and author of a new book titled, “The H Factor: The intersection between humility and great leadership”. Dr. Matt and I talk about humility as key factor in leadership, some of its underpinnings, and how to overcome the widely felt notion that having humility in leadership is a sign of weakness.
KEY TAKEAWAYSThree things can fly in the face of humility – our apprehension to be imperfect, to be incomplete, and that we are permanent
There is a sweet spot where we can be seen as not overconfident as leaders, but we’re not underconfident either
Humility is that characteristic that brings us to the middle. It’s our counterbalancing trait
Things that help us develop humility is our experiences and our ability to reflect, make changes, and grow
Humility helps you realize the importance of others
LEADERSHIP RESOURCESBook - The H Factor: The intersection between humility and great leadership”, Matthew Sowcik, Ph.D. https://www.amazon.com/H-Factor-intersection-between-humility-leadership-ebook/dp/B0B5FSSVCY/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2QBN401U36BGZandkeywords=the+H+factorandqid=1657370968andsprefix=the+h+factor%2Caps%2C82andsr=8-1 (https://www.amazon.com/H-Factor-intersection-between-humility-leadership-ebook/dp/B0B5FSSVCY/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2QBN401U36BGZandkeywords=the+H+factorandqid=1657370968andsprefix=the+h+factor%2Caps%2C82andsr=8-1)
Public and Private Sector: Common Leadership Principles, with Police Chief Joe Kelly
In this episode, I sit with the Chief of Police for the Yardley Borough (Pennsylvania) police department, Joe Kelly. Prior to joining the Yardley police department, he spent 23 years with the New Jersey transit police retiring at the rank of a deputy.
Chief Kelly and I talk about his leadership journey, his approach, and what leadership looks like within the police organization. I think you might be surprised to hear some of the similar approaches and challenges that we come up against in the private sector. His leadership journey also includes how he survived a shooting incident last year.
KEY TAKEAWAYS Center all discussions, both positive and negative, around your organizations’ core values, as they will be your guiding light
The job of a leader is to make people better. If your employee is operating at 65%, get them to 75%. Don’t push unrealistic expectations
Care for your team as individuals, not just as co-workers
Understand that the difference between supervision and leadership takes time and experience to develop
LEADERSHIP RESOURCES https://www.linkedin.com/in/joseph-kelly-iii-39677249?lipi=urn%3Ali%3Apage%3Ad_flagship3_profile_view_base_contact_details%3BZYEy3LVjR2SMsuCCppGZjQ%3D%3D (linkedin.com/in/joseph-kelly-iii-39677249)
The future of leadership is to be a Wayfinder
In this episode, I sit with leadership expert and organizational psychologist, Dr. Ciela Hartanov, who was part of the founding team of the Google School for Leaders as well as Head of Next Practice, Innovation and Strategy at Google, where she developed projects designed to shape the future of leadership and work.
Dr. Ciela currently runs humcollective, a boutique strategy and innovation firm that helps companies, executives, and teams make sense of the forces, shaping the future and helps them prepare strategically. Her book, Reclaiming Sensitivity, will be out in 2023.
KEY TAKEAWAYS Leadership is an act, and not a personality. It’s the act of wayfinding
Sensitive Leadership – the ability to sense and respond to emergent terrain in a more humane way; one that isn’t always driven by data
Sensitive leaders are those who lead from behind, step forward when required, but are not the center of attention
Become great at asking effective questions. If you’re not questioning then you’re just stating, and then you only know what you know
Become a sense giver – share something that the rest of your team isn’t always privy to and help them make sense of the information with the right context. This helps others also become sense givers
LEADERSHIP RESOURCES https://www.linkedin.com/in/cielahartanov/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/cielahartanov/)
https://www.humcollective.co/ (humcollective.co )
The Crossroads between Neuropsychology and Emotional Intelligence
In this episode, I sit with experienced neuropsychologist Dr. Julia DiGangi, who shows you how to expand the power of your nervous system to hold more emotional voltage. As a brain scientist, Dr. Julia knows that your nervous system is your portal to power. She will show you how to take the pain in your life - your stress, your struggle, your suffering - and transform it into your power.
Dr. Julia brings tremendous expertise and decades of applied experience serving leaders at the highest levels of power, including The White House, top leadership at global companies, and Special Forces.
Having worked with leaders who’ve endured some of the highest-stakes, highest-stress situations on the planet, Dr. Julia will show you what it takes to unlock new dimensions of your emotional power as you face defining challenges in your own life.
KEY TAKEAWAYSWe know, scientifically, that the brain wants to avoid the very thing that will set you free. To overcome our experience of emotional pain, our anxiety, or fear of stress, etc., we must do the counter intuitive
Emotional Intelligence first starts with understanding yourself and how you might react or behave in times of uncertainty
If you want to be a strong, emotionally intelligent leader, figure out how to work with your triggers until you aren’t triggered anymore
In times of leadership uncertainty, contextual cues have gone away, so all eyes are always now on the leader
The days that make you grow are the same days that put you in your ‘pain’
LEADERSHIP RESOURCEShttps://www.linkedin.com/in/juliadigangi/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliadigangi/)
Best Practices for Team Meetings
In this episode, I am in the middle of a Leaders Jam Session – a monthly group jam session that I host where participants get to share and learn from one another on how to tackle daily leadership challenges. Here, we’re talking about best practices for how to plan and run a successful team meeting, whether it’s a one or multi-day meeting.
Key Takeaways Today, there’s even greater value in bringing everyone together
Set Goals and Objectives, for example, 1) build team bonds, 2) learn from each other, and 3) have fun
Get feedback on your agenda from your team, including your boss
Include just the right amount of content for the length of your meeting. Trying to cram too much into your meeting will make you run over on time, potentially wear people out, and have an opposite effect on what you’re trying to accomplish
Guests – consider having them, but keep in mind, will the guest fit into the overall meeting objectives, or will this idea be disruptive
Team building activities – you want to have them, but you also need to know when to push back on ideas that your experience says ‘maybe we shouldn’t do this’
LEADERSHIP RESOURCES HBR article: Off-sites that work. https://hbr.org/2006/06/off-sites-that-work (https://hbr.org/2006/06/off-sites-that-work)
Thoughts on the war in Ukraine
In this episode, I sit with two-time guest Major General (ret.) Craig B. Whelden. General Whelden spent 30 years in the U.S. Army, followed by seven in the private sector, and another nine as a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) with the U.S. Marine Corps. General Whelden has had a very interesting military career including being present when the Berlin Wall fell. We spend some time talking about the war between Russia and Ukraine, where he provides an interesting perspective.
General Whelden is also a motivational speaker on leadership and performance excellence, and an award-winning, best-selling author of Leadership: The Art of Inspiring People to Be Their Best. General Whelden is also President at Velontra, a company focused on transporting satellites into Low Earth Orbit.
LEADERSHIP RESOURCES https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/173384113X/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8andcamp=1789andcreative=9325andcreativeASIN=173384113XandlinkCode=as2andtag=sartoleadersh-20andlinkId=cf440ff1f349340b29b7af7da278b5b1 (Leadership: The Art of Inspiring People to Be Their Best), by Craig B. Whelden
Andy Milburn, Chief Executive Officer at The Mozart Group, https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrewmilburn2020/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrewmilburn2020/)
Debtbook Diplomacy - https://www.belfercenter.org/publication/debtbook-diplomacy (https://www.belfercenter.org/publication/debtbook-diplomacy)
Great way to learn about leadership!
I highly recommend this podcast! All of the information is extremely relevant to the times. As a growing leader I am so thankful to be able to listen to this podcast whenever and wherever. I am learning a lot from those who are willing to share their stories. There seems to be a podcast for each business and management situation I have faced thus far!
Listen to this! It’s a great use of time.
I loved these discussions so much I ended up binging on many back to back! The diversity of content, the casual flow, and the unscripted transparency of each guest has given me many nuggets of insight. While listening I laughed at some of my own (now obvious) mistakes, and I’m already deploying some of the new ideas I took from discussions. Rob keeps the conversations on topic and there’s always something to walk away with. I’d recommend this podcast to professionals across industries and levels! I’m hooked.
I have listened to each of the leadership jam podcasts. Not only are they enjoyable, they provide lessons in leadership that don’t follow a certain format or philosophy. I have found both confirmations and challenges of things I’ve done in my leadership journey. The diversity of styles and perspectives of his interviewees offers unique, practical approaches and solutions for leading a team in a short power packed format. Mark K