Season 3 | Young Professionals in Forestry and Natural Resources | Episode 3

#38 | Find your niche. Discover what you’re really good at, and get your personal brand going.

August 16, 2017 | Lee Mueller

Lee Mueller is a forestry specialist and project developer with The Davey Tree Expert Company. He is also a Certified Arborist and Registered Forester with B.S. and M.S. degrees in forestry from Michigan State University. On today’s episode, Lee discusses why it’s important to develop your personal brand, the benefits of being curious and exploring different paths in the forestry profession, why he prefers colleagues to mentors for learning, and so much more!

Key Takeaways:

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

[2:25] How did Lee get started in forestry?

[8:00] Lee loves working in forestry because he cares about people. Why is this so important in this line of work?

[13:10] In addition to forestry, what else does Lee like to do?

[14:44] What kinds of lessons has Lee learned that he wished he learned sooner?

[17:20] Developing a personal brand is important. Lee asks, “What do you want people to know you for?”

[20:20] What lessons has Lee learned about leadership?

[23:25] It’s important to learn how to let go and delegate tasks to someone who may be a bit more qualified than you. Remember, you can’t do it all!

[25:35] Lee discusses the importance of colleagues vs. mentors, and the difference between the two, in your life.

[28:35] What are some of the ways we can make the forestry profession better for future generations?

[35:20] Why are you passionate about forestry? What makes you interested in it? There are a lot of options and paths you can explore in this field!

[40:25] Tom’s Leadership Tip of the Week!

Mentioned in This Episode:
Lee on LinkedIn
Getting Things Done by David Allen


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