94 episodes

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.

Leadership Jam Session Rob Fonte

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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.

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

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

    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 Star Wars, highlighting its power to guide and influence.
    Rob shares personal anecdotes to illustrate his leadership journey, including mistakes made and lessons learned, underscoring the importance of understanding and adapting to individual team member's needs and strengths. Rob also discusses strategies for effective change management, the significance of leading by example, and the power of positive influence over authoritative power in motivating teams.
    Key takeaways:Leadership is fundamentally about building trust and fostering honest, transparent relationships.Emotional intelligence is a critical skill for leaders, enabling them to connect with and understand their team members' motivations and needs.Effective leaders lead by example, demonstrating the behaviors and attitudes they wish to see in their team.Adapting leadership style to individual team member needs and strengths is crucial for maximizing team performance and development.Engaging in regular, constructive feedback and open communication helps prevent surprises and facilitates continuous growth and improvement.Change management should be approached proactively, involving team members early in the process to mitigate resistance and foster buy-in.Recognizing when to exercise authority and when to leverage influence is key to effective leadership and team motivation.

    • 34 min
    How Gen X Can Transform Leadership, with Dr. Robert DeFinis

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

    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, law enforcement, and behavioral analysis. We get into his book, Gen Exceptional, How the Unique Traits of Generation X Can Transform Leadership. The discussion begins with Dr. DeFinis sharing insights into Gen X leadership; highlighting the adaptability of Gen Xers to change and addressing stereotypes about Millennials.
    We also delve into the challenges and opportunities presented by Generation Z. Dr. DeFinis discusses the digital native status of Gen Z and suggests addressing gaps in their entry into the workforce. The conversation concludes with advice for leaders, urging Gen Xers to lean in, practice kindness, and cultivate talent across generations. Throughout the episode the key takeaways are highlighted, emphasizing the importance of adaptability, autonomy, and bridging generational gaps for effective leadership in the ever-evolving corporate landscape.
    Key TakeawaysGen X
    ·     the forgotten generation, holds a unique position bridging baby boomers and millennials in leadership.
    ·     can play a crucial role in facilitating the transition of leadership from boomers to the emerging generations, bringing a balanced approach to work dynamics.
    ·     autonomy and adaptability are defining traits of Gen X, shaped by their experience as the latchkey generation.
    ·     can play a crucial role in facilitating the transition of leadership from boomers to the emerging generations, bringing a balanced approach to work dynamics.
    ·     the importance of work-life balance is highlighted, with Gen X understanding and emphasizing personal responsibility in achieving this balance.
    ·     Gen X bridges the gap between baby boomers and millennials, offering valuable adaptability and autonomy in leadership.
    ·     Gen X leadership style emphasizes hiring and retaining talented individuals while allowing them the autonomy to excel.
    ·     Gen X's potential Achilles heel lies in skepticism and reluctance to engage actively, hindering representation in leadership roles.
    Millennials
    ·     loyalty may manifest differently, with conscious decision-making based on environmental and social impact; leaders should recognize and appreciate these differences.
    ·     may benefit from space and opportunities for independent decision-making, counteracting the effects of helicopter parenting.
    Generation Z
    ·     They are the digital natives, and leaders need to address gaps in their entry into the workforce.
    Contact:
    Book: https://www.amazon.com/Gen-eXceptional-Unique-Generation-Transform-Leadership/dp/B0CNJDDCZ9/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?crid=1Q0YTOXDDX1ME&keywords=Dr.+robert+definis&qid=1705968653&sprefix=dr.+robert+definis%2Caps%2C111&sr=8-1-fkmr1
    a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/robertdefinis?lipi=urn%3Ali%3Apage%3Ad_flagship3_profile_view_base_contact_details%3BufHdOHnvTHO5DqqqDQG0rg%3D%3D"...

    • 32 min
    How Leaders Can Get to "The Point", with Steve Woodruff

    How Leaders Can Get to "The Point", with Steve Woodruff

    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 to any type of communication within an organization. The key focus is on overcoming common communication challenges, such as information overload and the need to engage the human brain effectively.
    Key Takeaways:A Universal Communication Formula: "The Point" provides a practical and universal formula for clear communication that can be applied across various contexts within an organization.
    Four Rules for Effective Communication:
    1.   Have a Point: Clearly define the purpose and focus of your communication.
    2.   Get to the Point: Quickly convey the relevance of your message to the audience.
    3.   Get the Point Across: Ensure shared meaning and memory by engaging the audience.
    4.   Get on the Same Page: Aim for alignment, agreement, and shared action.

    Eight Communication Tools for Leaders:
    1.   Simple Statements
    2.   Snippets
    3.   Specifics
    4.   Stories
    5.   Stakes (Emphasizing the risk and benefit)
    6.   Symbolic Language (Using symbols, illustrations, analogies)
    7.   Side by Sides (Comparisons)
    8.   Summaries (Condensing information into brief points)
    Leadership Communication: Leaders should focus on providing a clear and tangible focus, emphasizing the purpose and mission, and being specific about expectations to avoid ambiguity.
    Repetition for Clarity: Leaders should repeat their vision and mission at least five times more than they initially think necessary to ensure understanding and retention among team members.
    Communication Design: Woodruff introduces the concept of communication design, emphasizing the importance of structuring information effectively through stratification, starting with the most critical points.
    Competing with Noise: Acknowledge the constant competition for attention, especially in a world where people spend significant time in front of screens. Communication needs to be compelling to cut through the noise.
    Application Across Teams: Encourage teams to standardize around good communication practices, starting with clear communication during development days or team retreats.
    Impact on Project Management: Highlight the impact of clear communication on project management, emphasizing its role in preventing costly misunderstandings between stakeholders and vendors.
    Clarity as a Leadership Virtue: Woodruff emphasizes that clarity is a virtue, and lack of clarity can be considered unkindness. Leaders should prioritize making their communication clear to avoid misunderstandings and wasted time.
    Contact:
    Book: https://www.stevewoodruff.com/books
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/swoodruff
    https://www.stevewoodruff.com/

    • 27 min
    How a People-Centric Approach changed everything, with Jonathan Cinelli

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

    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 leadership journey and transformation after adopting a people-centric approach as well as the importance of coaching, self-improvement, and setting clear boundaries and expectations.
    The interview touches on topics such as avoiding burnout, effective communication, and the power of curiosity in leadership. Jonathan highlights the role of coaching in changing his perspective and improving team dynamics, advocating for a more intentional and empathetic leadership style.
    Key TakeawaysPeople-Centric Approach:
    Lead with a people-centric approach to bring about positive transformation in team dynamics and overall successUnderstand that employees genuinely care and empowering them with information leads to success
    Coaching for Leadership Growth:
    Embrace coaching as a tool for personal and professional developmentAsk thought-provoking questions that lead to insights and encourage a culture of continuous learning
    Setting Boundaries and Expectations:
    Establish clear boundaries for focused communication and avoid distractions that disrupt workflowCommunicate expectations openly, allowing team members to contribute autonomously and take responsibility
    Avoiding Burnout:
    Recognize that avoiding burnout requires personalized approaches, considering individual uniquenessPrioritize boundaries and expectations, fostering a healthy work-life balance
    Leadership Evolution:
    Acknowledge the transformative power of intentional leadership, emphasizing personal growth and being the best version of oneselfApproach leadership with curiosity, consistently seeking to understand and improve interpersonal dynamics
    Contact:
    Book: Kick Your Ego Aside and Put People First  
    Podcast: People First Then Construction
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/jonathan-cinelli-pmp-acc-103b841ba

    • 19 min
    Coaching to different generations, with Kim Catania

    Coaching to different generations, with Kim Catania

    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 dive into the distinct characteristics of each generation, emphasizing the impact of technology on Gen Z's learning style and preferences. The conversation highlights the importance of adapting coaching approaches to align with the preferences of these generations, emphasizing open-ended questions, quick and efficient communication, and the incorporation of technology in learning and development. The discussion also touches on the evolving concept of work-life balance and the need for leaders to understand and accommodate the expectations of the younger workforce.
    Key Takeaways:Adapt Coaching Styles: Tailor coaching approaches to suit the preferences of Millennials and Gen Z, incorporating open-ended questions and interactive methods rather than a directive style.Embrace Technology: Leverage technology in coaching and learning programs, recognizing the preference of younger generations for quick, bite-sized information and interactive platforms.Prioritize Work-Life Integration: Recognize the shift from traditional work hours to a more flexible and 24-hour approach, understanding the importance of work-life integration for the younger workforce.Encourage Continuous Learning: Foster a culture of continuous learning and development, acknowledging the rapid pace of change and the desire of Millennials and Gen Z to acquire new skills and knowledge.Build Emotional Intelligence: Emphasize emotional intelligence in leadership, as younger generations exhibit heightened self-awareness and a desire for meaningful, well-rounded success.Acknowledge Diversity and Inclusion: Address the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace, recognizing that these aspects hold significant value for Millennials and Gen Z.Provide Immediate Feedback: Align with the preference for quick feedback, incorporating timely and constructive feedback into coaching sessions to keep younger employees engaged and motivated.Encourage Patience and Perseverance: Recognize the importance of instilling patience and perseverance in Millennials and Gen Z. These generations, accustomed to quick information and feedback, may benefit from understanding the value of experience and learning through challenges over time. Encourage them to embrace the journey, make mistakes, and grow from experiences, emphasizing that success often involves patience and the ability to navigate setbacks.
    Contact:
    www.cataniacommunications.com
    kim@cataniacommunicaitons.com
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/kim-m-catania-1312196?lipi=urn%3Ali%3Apage%3Ad_flagship3_profile_view_base_contact_details%3B75JTOYyAQiOxG3OwhUShUA%3D%3D

    • 33 min
    The A to Z of being the best leader you can be, with Dr. Yvonne Bleam

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

    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 leaders and that her book is a valuable tool for this purpose.
    The book introduces leadership concepts in an easy-to-understand A to Z format, with colorful illustrations and relatable characters. Yvonne highlights the significance of teaching children about bravery, courage, and empathy. She also shares how these concepts can benefit adults by reinforcing positive behaviors and encouraging emotional intelligence.
    Link to book: A to Z of being the best leader you can be, leading through the alphabet
    Key Takeaways:Teaching leadership concepts to children from a young age can shape them into better leaders in the future.Embrace the concept of bravery and have the courage to stand up and make the right choices in both personal and professional life.Leadership is about influence, and teaching children how their behavior and decisions can influence others is crucial.Use Yvonne's book as a tool to encourage children and adults to develop emotional intelligence and social skills.Encourage risk-taking and learning from failure, as it's essential for personal and professional growth.Model positive leadership behaviors for children to learn from, as actions speak louder than words.Recognize that leadership skills, such as bravery and vulnerability, apply to both parenting and corporate leadership.Never stop learning and improving as a leader, as even experienced leaders can benefit from revisiting essential concepts.Explore the book "Leadership and Self-Deception" by the Arbinger Group as a valuable resource for personal and professional growth.Encourage team members to take risks, be courageous, and leverage each other's strengths to collectively succeed.

    • 20 min

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56 Ratings

danielle sarchet ,

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!

J Cybrowski ,

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.

Dad1656565 ,

Great Jam

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

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