51 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.

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

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

    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?
    As leaders, we've all been there, and I'm confident you've seen this scenario time and time again.
    However, objectively assessing the situation can get tricky. Sometimes, it may even boil down to a difference in communication styles or personal values and not necessarily a lack of self-awareness.
    But then, how do you know when you're genuinely dealing with somebody 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.
    Key Takeaways - Episode intro (00:00)
    - How do you know when an employee isn't self-aware? (01:27)
    - Why it can be challenging to have this discussion (02:50)
    - Why perspective is crucial (07:41)
    - How to have a successful coaching discussion (16:13)
    - Why feedback is all about trust (18:56)
    - How to increase your employee's engagement (21:39)
    - Why timing is vital (27:57)
    - Episode recap (31:57)
    Leadership ResourcesHow are the leaders at all levels of management tackling the toughest challenges each day? Learn more at: https://sartoleadershipgroup.com (https://sartoleadershipgroup.com)

    • 33 min
    Remembering 9/11: Part 2 - Our Personal Stories

    Remembering 9/11: Part 2 - Our Personal Stories

    Earlier this week we released 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.
    Key Takeaways
    - Episode intro (00:00)
    - What happened after our team got called (01:25)
    - How we joined the NYC Fire Department in Staten Island (04:50)
    - Why communication was a significant problem (12:04)
    - What happens behind the walls of a firehouse (16:94)
    - How we spent the night at the firehouse (21:16)
    - Remembering the firefighters we lost that day (27:20)
    - Why we’ll never forget (31:20)
    Leadership ResourcesHow are the leaders at all levels of management tackling the toughest challenges each day? Learn more at: https://sartoleadershipgroup.com (https://sartoleadershipgroup.com)

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

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

    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 it also serves as a reminder that we should never forget what happened that day, especially for those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
    Key Takeaways - Episode intro (00:00)
    - Why working at the fire department was a humbling experience for me (03:12)
    - The three basic principles my leadership approach is based on (06:21)
    - Why feedback has to go both ways (08:12)
    - My experiences on 9/11 (09:45)
    - How my team got called to help (17:21)
    - Leadership lessons from that day (22:50)
    Leadership ResourcesHow are the leaders at all levels of management tackling the toughest challenges each day? Learn more at: https://sartoleadershipgroup.com (https://sartoleadershipgroup.com)
    Check you my https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOrbbnE0oT6DPy1Byc9qO5A (YouTube Channel) for a video of our interview

    • 25 min
    Ask Rob: How to Handle Two Employees Who Are Not Getting Along

    Ask Rob: How to Handle Two Employees Who Are Not Getting Along

    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, 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.
    Key Takeaways - Episode intro (00:00)
    - How to handle two employees who are not getting along (01:27)
    - Trying to find a shared purpose (02:43)
    - Why it's important to expect and encourage healthy debate (06:03)
    - Why a leader's role is to be a guardrail for the team (08:08)
    - Assessing your role in the conflict (13:35)
    - Episode recap (15:26)
    Leadership ResourcesHow are the leaders at all levels of management tackling the toughest challenges each day? Learn more at: https://sartoleadershipgroup.com (https://sartoleadershipgroup.com)

    • 17 min
    How to Deal With Decisions When You Disagree With Your Boss

    How to Deal With Decisions When You Disagree With Your Boss

    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?
    There may be cases where these directions are coming from high up in the organization, and there's not much you can do about it.
    But you need to know that sometimes it's okay to push back, especially if you understand the environment you're operating in and assume positive intent on what the company is trying to accomplish.
    Situations like these can get tricky to solve since much is determined by context, but you can do a few things to make these processes run as smoothly as possible.
    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.
    Key Takeaways - Episode intro (00:00)
    - Why you need to develop a global mindset (02:38)
    - How to get your team involved (04:54)
    - It's okay to push back (06:45)
    - Why transparency is vital (12:34)
    - The importance of employee engagement (18:51)
    - Why you need a strong communication plan (22:04)
    - Episode recap (24:37)
    Leadership ResourcesHow are the leaders at all levels of management tackling the toughest challenges each day? Learn more at: https://sartoleadershipgroup.com (https://sartoleadershipgroup.com)

    • 26 min
    What Is the Essence of Authentic Leadership?

    What Is the Essence of Authentic Leadership?

    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.
    Sean's experiences during his years in the Marine Corps provided him with a vast repertoire of valuable leadership insights and team-building skills.
    However, 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.
    Key Takeaways - Episode intro (00:00)
    - What inspired Sean's message (01:15)
    - Leadership lessons from Sean's daughter's car accident (03:39)
    - How to develop authentic leadership (07:52)
    - Your job as a leader is not to have the answer (16:10)
    - What is my best and highest role? (24:00)
    - What the essence of authentic leadership is (25:12)
    
    Leadership ResourcesHow are the leaders at all levels of management tackling the toughest challenges each day? Learn more at: https://sartoleadershipgroup.com (https://sartoleadershipgroup.com)

    • 29 min

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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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