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Episode Info: Mike Warner is the Owner of ArborTerra Consulting, which is located in Lizton, Indiana. With over 40 years of experiences and always being an entrepreneur at heart, Mike lists some of the benefits and challenges of owning your own business. Mike details the importance of writing your dreams and goals on paper early on in your career so you always have an idea of what to aspire to! Find out more about Mike and his expertise on this week’s show!   Key Takeaways: [1:05] A message from Leadership Nature. [1:45] A quick intro about Mike’s background. [4:20] How did Mike get into forestry? [7:40] What was Mike’s first job like? [8:40] Mike was inspired by his first boss, Fred Woods, and he helped Mike along the way with his sage advice. [11:00] Mike remembers another mentor, Jim Akers, who helped him set firm career goals early on. [13:45] What kind of transition did Mike go through to successfully start two businesses (at the same time). [16:15] What kind of skills do people need in order to be considered a good forestry consultant? [20:10] Mike knew the Latin names of trees but he didn’t know how to run a business until he got his feet wet. [20:25] What does Mike wish he’d learned sooner about managing people? [23:50] What is Mike most proud of, so far? [25:20] How does Mike find his talent? [27:15] What makes ArborTerra different compared to other consulting companies? [29:30] What kinds of surprises has Mike discovered along the way? [31:05] Where is the future of forestry headed for the younger generation? [33:15] How has being a member of ACF helped Mike’s career? [40:30] Don’t be afraid to try some new directions, especially if the current one isn’t working!   Mentioned in This Episode: ArborTerra.com ACF-foresters.org Eforester.org The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You,by John C. Maxwell and Steven R. Covey
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