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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.

Leadership Jam Session Rob Fonte

    • Management
    • 5.0, 47 Ratings

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.

    I wish I knew this… when taking over my first team, with Jordan Mendoza.

    I wish I knew this… when taking over my first team, with Jordan Mendoza.

    Jordan Mendoza is the host of the Blaze Your Own Trail Podcast. As a sales and training professional, Jordan helps people discover their Myers-Briggs 4 letter type, taking them from self-awareness to coming up with their personal Leadership philosophy. In this episode, Jordan and I discuss the Myers-Briggs assessment, how it has impacted his leadership style, and how he teaches leadership through the lens of the MBTI assessment.


    Key Takeaways:Myers-Briggs (MBTI) is one of the most widely used personality assessments in the world


    Firstly, you, we, are all way more than just a type. We are humans first


    MBTI has 4 preference pairs that are opposites of each other:


    Extroversion/Introversion – we get our energy from the world (internally or externally)


    Sensing/Intuition – how we take in information


    Thinking/Feeling – how we decide and come to conclusions


    Judging/Perceiving – opposite ways we approach the world (and not people)


    We may be a version of each of these pairs and their opposites, but we don’t do them with equal ease


    Leadership Resources linktr.ee/jordanjmendoza   (https://linktr.ee/jordanjmendoza)


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    myersbriggs.org

    • 26 min
    Why leaders should be leveraging social media, with Amy Blaschka.

    Why leaders should be leveraging social media, with Amy Blaschka.

    Amy Blaschka has made a career offering “stories as a service.” From her degree in film to her two and a half decades spent branding products, places, and people, to founding her writing practice, Amy has always understood the power of weaving an engaging tale. She helps leaders craft their stories to communicate and connect better through ghostwritten social media posts and articles.


    As a longtime leadership contributor for Forbes, Amy covers personal transformation and its impact on career growth. She is a collaborative writer, working with partners to bring to life compelling narratives. The mindfulness book Amy co-authored, I Am: Escape Distractions, Unlock Your Imagination & Unleash Your Potential, helps others understand the power of the stories they tell themselves. And with her latest creative project, she’ll finally share the story brewing in her head and gain a new moniker: novelist. 


    Key Takeaways:Be intentional as to why you’re on social media


    Bring value to the platform


    You've got a personal brand whether you want to or not, but no one knows who you are until you tell them who you are!


    When writing your profile write in first person and as a narrative


    When engaging on social media stay positive


    Have a clear message and get to the point


    Be consistent and disciplined with publishing content


    For the entrepreneur - “Serve don’t Sell” - talk about who you help, how you help and why, in as few words as possible


    Lastly, just take action and get started!


    Leadership Resources www.amyblaschka.com (http://www.amyblaschka.com)


    https://www.linkedin.com/in/amyblaschka/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/amyblaschka/)


    Co-author: (https://www.amazon.com/Am-Distractions-Imagination-Unleash-Potential/dp/1941115047)


     

    • 34 min
    Leadership on and off the ice with NHL legend, Brian Propp.

    Leadership on and off the ice with NHL legend, Brian Propp.

    With the NHL playoffs set to come back next month, I was fortunate to sit down with a hockey legend. Brian Propp is a former National Hockey League All-Star, legendary Philadelphia Flyer, former sports broadcaster, entrepreneur, business relationship and development guru, and a philanthropist in his community. 


    Brian spent 15 years in the NHL, of which he appeared in 13 playoffs, 5 NHL All-Star games, and 5 Stanley Cup Championships (1979-1994).


    Key Takeaways:The importance of leading by example, both on the ice and off the ice


    The best team plays for each other, not themselves


    The best leaders are the ones that are not selfish


    Great teams are built by recruiting for character 


    Never stop looking for ways to get better


    Leadership Resources https://brianpropp.com (https://brianpropp.com)


    An NHL Legend Gets Back in the Game after Stroke: https://youtu.be/SG7NyOcZ8M4 (https://youtu.be/SG7NyOcZ8M4)       


    (Chelios Hits Propp): https://youtu.be/zaHQ5mLiL1w (https://youtu.be/zaHQ5mLiL1w)  


    Chris Chelios vs Rob Hextall, May 11, 1989: https://youtu.be/2nAVNvoUp2Y (https://youtu.be/2nAVNvoUp2Y)   

    • 31 min
    Investing in the Middle with TEDx Speaker, Bill Kieffer.

    Investing in the Middle with TEDx Speaker, Bill Kieffer.

    In this Jam Session, I sit with Bill Kieffer, President and Chief Advisor of Kieffer and Associates, an advisory firm focused on optimizing talent capabilities for individuals and organizations. Prior to opening up his firm, Bill spent 20 years working in a variety of roles associated with human resources, such as organizational development, and global talent management roles.


    In 2017, Bill had to the opportunity to speaker at a TEDx conference in Toledo, OH, on the topic of investing in the middle (of organizations); that is helping leaders and organizations strike a balance of being successful while juggling the demands of leading at different levels inside organizations.


    Key Takeaways:It's important that leaders take action to achieve appropriate levels of balance for the organization and for the people by establishing the following three keys to success:


    Position - understanding that you do have a position of authority and it's incumbent upon those folks to use that position wisely


    Priorities - understand how important priorities are, and how making sure that those priorities are clear, consistent, and positively impacts the success of people in the organization


    Pay Attention - people in positions of authority simply need to pay attention to what's going in the organization, business circumstances and their people


    Talent Management involves Process Transparency: A balance between privacy and transparency


    We need to look at Performance Management, and Talent Management as two different sides of the same coin


    When it comes to Talent Management, the most impactful breakdown is if the senior leader doesn't truly believe this is a priority


    The success or failure of my career as a leader is only a little bit dependent on me


    The A's of Talent Development and Succession Planning:


    Availability


    Aspiration


    Agility


    Ability


    Leadership Resources:Investing in the Middle, TEDxToledo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYY79oR85XA (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYY79oR85XA)

    • 37 min
    A Psychotherapists’ take on Leadership and Emotional Intelligence, with Jason Ross.

    A Psychotherapists’ take on Leadership and Emotional Intelligence, with Jason Ross.

    In this Jam Session, I sit with Jason Ross, a psychotherapist who specializes in parenting, relationships, trauma, substance abuse, and wellness. I thought it'd be a great idea to sit down with Jason and get his perspective on leadership from the psychotherapist point of view. We also talk about any advice or guidance that Jason can provide on how to best manage not only our people but our families as well, and any thoughts he may have on the mental or emotional effects of COVID-19. You can find out more information about Jason by visiting www.JasonEricRoss.com (http://www.JasonEricRoss.com) as well on all social platforms.


    Key Takeaways:Authenticity ultimately is what connects everybody. That’s what motivates them. That is what builds trust, and trust makes for a strong team


    Demonstrate empathy and emotional intelligence that makes people want to connect


    People don't want to look at themselves and at their deficiencies. Those who do, they're the game changers


    Ego's the divider in terms of emotional intelligence. When your life is based around your ego, there's gonna be a problem. When your life is based around your esteem, that's different. You're gonna lead better


    As a leader, you need to understand that vulnerability can be a strength


    The greater the ego, the greater the insecurities


    (During a pandemic or crisis) the biggest takeaway is staying emotionally connected, and perhaps, be more vulnerable in a healthy way


    Leadership Resources: www.JasonEricRoss.com (http://www.JasonEricRoss.com)


    https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasonericross/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasonericross/)

    • 30 min
    Management Mess to Leadership Success, with Scott J. Miller

    Management Mess to Leadership Success, with Scott J. Miller

    In this Jam Session, I sit with Scott J. Miller. Scott has been with FranklinCovey for more than 20 years and serves as the Executive Vice President of Thought Leadership. He is the host of On Leadership with Scott Miller, a weekly leadership webcast, podcast, and newsletter featuring interviews with renowned business titans, authors and thought leaders.


    His radio show and podcast — Great Life, Great Career with Scott Miller on iHeart Media’s KNRS 105.7 — provides insight and strategies to assist listeners in becoming more effective as business leaders and to improve their personal performance. In Scott’s latest book, Management Mess to Leadership Success: 30 Challenges to Become The Leader You Would Follow, he shares uncut and honest stories of his last 20+ years, and as Scott puts it, as a struggling leader.


    Key Takeaways:As a leader, your job is to get work done with and through people


    We learn more from our messes than our successes (Challenge #1: Demonstrate humility)


    Just own your mess, because there's great power in vulnerability and transparency


    When you own your mess you make it safe for others to own theirs as well


    Leadership is about deliberation and calibrating your emotions


    As a leader, make time for relationships as they are everything (Challenge #10: Make time for relationships)


    Leaders that connect with their people are invincible. People don't quit leaders who love them


    Effective leaders are very deliberate in declaring their intent (Challenge #4: Declare your Intent)


    If you want to become and build your own leadership credibility, be very thoughtful around what you are modeling because what you model gets valued


    Remember, be cognizant of when to be efficient and when to be effective


    Leadership Resources:Management Mess to Leadership Success: 30 Challenges to Become The Leader You Would Follow, by Scott J. Miller


    Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter, by Liz Wiseman

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

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47 Ratings

47 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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