Season 3 | Young Professionals in Forestry and Natural Resources | Episode 4

#39 | Leadership is a decision; great moments are born of great opportunities

August 31, 2017 | Anthony Rynish

Anthony Rynish is the owner of Rynish Forestry, Inc., a private forestry consulting business, and he is also a full-time faculty member at Fox Valley Technical College’s Natural Resource program in Wisconsin. In this show, Anthony discusses why he decided to get into teaching, offers advice for young professionals who are not quite sure what they want to do yet, and so much more! Anthony also offers some great leadership advice for all of us, and he discusses what he teaches his students who are still trying to put their best foot forward. For example, he says, “You have to be willing to put yourself out there to find those great opportunities.” You do not want to miss this episode!

Key Takeaways:

[1:10] A quick intro about Anthony’s background.

[3:05] How did Anthony first get started in forestry?

[5:15] Early in Anthony’s career, he headed to Alaska. What was that experience like?

[7:30] How long would Anthony spend at each site?

[8:25] How did Anthony get started in teaching at Fox Valley Technical College? You can thank his wife for that!

[12:15] What has been the most rewarding experience in Anthony’s career so far?

[18:25] The forestry part is easy compared to the rest of Anthony’s duties!

[18:45] What lessons does Anthony wish he learned about sooner?

[22:05] What has Anthony learned the most about leading volunteers?

[25:40] How can forestry as a profession bring more value to younger people?

[29:30] What kind of mentors has Anthony had throughout his career?

[31:55] Not sure where you want to go in life or what to do? Anthony recommends trying different types of jobs to see what works for you.

[33:15] Do not be afraid to put yourself out there.

[35:30] Don’t judge Anthony, but he loves the Kung Fu Panda series (and so does his kid!).

[40:20] Tom’s Leadership Tip of the Week!

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