The Leadership Nature Podcast
About This Show
The Leadership Nature Podcast features one-on-one interviews with diverse leaders from across the forestry and natural resources nation, and it is intended to spread the seeds of leadership insights, lessons learned and personal advice from experienced leaders to current and future generations of natural resource leaders. Each episode also includes a leadership tip of the week from the interviewer.
Most Recent Episode
018: Align Personal Success with the Organization’s Success
Dick Porterfield graduated from Ohio State University in Forestry and Business Administration. Graduate school included North Carolina State University (M.S.) and Yale University in Economics and Forestry (Ph.D.). Dick has over 21 years of forestry experience, and shares an important leadership lesson that he almost got fired for! There’s a big difference between management and leadership, and an organization will be able to benefit the most when its people are personally driven to the cause; not just organizationally. Key Takeaways: [2:50] How did Dick get started in forestry? [3:40] What was Dick’s first leadership position? [5:10] What does Dick mean by ‘Sideboards’? [10:20] How do we discover what the sideboards in an organization are? [17:35] Understanding ‘why,’ plays a big part in your success, and the success of others. [19:15] Contributors are indispensable. [20:50] You don’t have to be a leader, in order to be invaluable. We always NEED experts! [21:15] What’s the most fun job Dick has ever had in forestry? [21:55] Dick has been fired twice in his career. [26:55] What is Dick most proud of in his career? [27:45] Be respectful towards everyone. You might be working for them one day! [28:55] What’s the big difference between frontline positions vs, the more senior ones? [35:35] Where does Dick see forestry going in the future? [40:35] What piece of advice did Dick wish he got a little sooner? [44:20] Dick recommends some of his favorite books. [47:35] Good employees are too hard on themselves. [51:15] Tom’s Leadership Tip of the Week! Mentioned in This Episode: Dick Porterfield One Way, by John Norah