March 8, 2017

S2|E8: Nancy Hirsch – “Always put your people first”

By Tom Davidson

Nancy Hirsch is the Deputy State Forester for the Oregon Department of Forestry in Salem, Oregon. A veteran professional, she has worked for the department for over 28 years in a variety of field and leadership positions, and in this episode she shares her personal lessons in leadership for men, women, and anyone considering a career in natural resources. For example, Nancy said, “We don’t always go into the profession focusing on people, but they should always be our #1 priority!” Nancy also reflects on the significant value of having supportive coworkers by her side, many of whom were willing to take chances on her.

Key Takeaways:

[2:15] How did Nancy get started?

[5:45] How did Nancy go from fighting fires to forestry?

[7:35] What was Nancy’s first leadership position like?

[10:15] Nancy always focuses on teamwork.

[11:05] What does shared leadership look like?

[13:55] Nancy feels blessed when it comes to her mentors. A lot of people have helped Nancy succeed.

[19:35] Good leaders have a deep desire to promote and help develop people.

[23:15] What changes when people move from the field into an office?

[26:00] What is Nancy most proud of in her career?

[29:05] What advice does Nancy have for young professionals?

[33:25] Interview people who are different than you. You learn a lot!

[34:25] What lessons has Nancy learned by being in a male-dominated field?

[42:25] Remember to lead by example.

[44:20] Tom’s Leadership Tip of the Week!

Mentioned in This Episode:
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey

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