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
087: The Work We Do Is Ego-System Management, Not Eco-System Management
4 days ago
Brian Cottam is the Utah State Forester and Director of the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire, and State Lands. Brian is also responsible for wildfire management on state and private lands and oversees Utah State’s sovereign lands. On the show, Brian shares what he is most proud of in his career, how young professionals can get ahead by taking an interest in soft skills, and how to best manage the complex ‘ego-system’ at work. Key Takeaways: [:55] A message from Leadership Nature. [1:35] A quick intro about Brian’s background. [3:25] How did Brian become interested in forestry? [5:50] What were some of Brian’s favorite jobs? [9:10] You can’t be successful alone, you can only be successful through partnerships. [10:35] Unfortunately, not enough people have the correct understanding of what it truly means to collaborate with others. [13:45] What is unique about Utah’s ecosystem and forests? [16:55] What kind of leadership positions has Brian had over the years? [21:15] Most foresters aren’t trained to manage people, so it’s important to bring your team with you on the leadership journey. [21:35] What is Brian most proud of? [26:15] Brian was not aware of how political you have to be at the state forester level when he first took on the position. [28:15] What does Brian wish he’d learned sooner about leadership? [34:40] Brian discusses what he loves about working with the younger generation. [38:00] What advice does Brian have for the young professionals out there? [46:30] What other lessons has Brian learned throughout the years? Mentioned in This Episode: Ffsl.utah.gov Brian on LinkedIn Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In, by Roger Fisher, William L. Ury, and Bruce Patton