Season 1 | People You Should Know in Forestry and Natural Resources | Episode 1

#1 | The top three skills you need in forestry

August 9, 2016 | Clark W. Seely

Clark Seely is currently the President of the Society of American Foresters and Seely Management Consulting Inc. He has over 39 years of experience in forestry, natural resource management, and organizational administration. Clark attributes his leadership success by having great mentors early on and offers some words of advice for those who have joined or are considering to join the forestry profession. On the show, Clark shares his top three skills every student should know while they’re pursing this career path.

Key Takeaways:

[2:40] How did Clark get started in forestry?

[7:15] What was Clark’s first leadership position?

[9:00] Clark attributes his success to having great supervisors.

[9:35] Clark talks about the mentors who have helped him in his career.

[13:00] How did Clark transition from being an individual contributor to being a supervisor?

[15:25] What has been the proudest moment for Clark as a leader?

[18:55] What advice does Clark have for young students?

[19:45] You’ve entered a profession that’s all about people.

[21:50] What skills should students who are considering this field learn?

[24:50] What can students do on their own to develop the top three skills Clark mentioned?

[26:45] Find a mentor!

[30:40] Where does Clark see the future of forestry? What should leaders be thinking about?

[37:25] What’s Clark’s favorite book or movie on leadership?

[40:55] What are some of Clark’s favorite quotes on leadership?

[43:00] Are leaders born or are they made?

[46:10] Tom shares his leadership tip of the week!


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