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S2|E26: Stephanie Grubb – Look for opportunities to be a leader without being a manager

By Tom Davidson

Stephanie Grubb is a forester for International Paper where she has served in various capacities in Virginia, South Carolina, and Tennessee. On this week’s show, Stephanie discusses why it’s important to be a quick learner and adapt to your environment. She also discusses some of the initial challenges she faced in formal leadership positions and beyond. She says that when it comes down to it, everybody wants to feel important and valued in their workplaces, and when you’re able to meet people with respect, that’s when you’ll be able to overcome tough barriers.

Key Takeaways:

[1:05] A quick intro about Stephanie’s background.

[3:00] How did Stephanie get started in forestry?

[8:10] What kinds of challenges did Stephanie experience when she took on her first leadership position?

[10:35] It’s one thing to be cognizant of the barriers you face, but that should not be an excuse to hold yourself back.

[11:10] What kinds of mentors did Stephanie have throughout her career?

[13:25] What is Stephanie most proud of in her career?

[15:15] Has Stephanie ever faced discrimination in the workplace?

[21:30] At the end of the day, we all want to connect, we all want to feel important and valued.

[22:45] What advice does Stephanie have for young professionals?

[27:00] Where does Stephanie think the future of forestry is going?

[32:35] What books does Stephanie recommend to fellow foresters?

[37:45] Tom’s Leadership Tip of the Week!

Mentioned in This Episode:
Internationalpaper.com
Stephanie on LinkedIn
Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, by Sheryl Sandberg
Why Men Don’t Listen and Women Can’t Read Maps, by Allan Pease and Barbara Pease
leadershipnature.com


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