Season 3 | Young Professionals in Forestry and Natural Resources | Episode 6

#41 | You’re going to be criticized for your decisions, no matter what

September 13, 2017 | Jeremy Douse

Jeremy Douse is a Certified Forester serving the Tanana Chiefs Conference out of Fairbanks, Alaska, where he provides consulting services for Native American landowners, corporations, villages, tribal entities, and municipal governments in the state. Jeremy started his career as a seasonal firefighter on the Pike National Forest in Colorado. On today’s show, Jeremy discusses why he loves the Tribal forestry work in Alaska, how he first got started in the profession, and shares some key examples of what makes a good leader. “Don’t get stuck on trying to collect the data,” he says. “Good leaders have to make decisions with what they’ve got.”

Key Takeaways:

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

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

[7:00] How did Jeremy find himself in Alaska?

[8:25] What does Tanana Chiefs Conference do and whom do they serve?

[11:40] How does someone find work at a Tribal Council?

[12:45] What has been the best part, and the most challenging parts, of working for a Tribal Council?

[15:20] What does Jeremy wish he learned sooner in his career?

[17:10] What kind of leadership lessons has Jeremy learned over the years?

[21:15] Don’t get stuck on trying to collect the data. Good leaders have to make decisions with imperfect data.

[22:00] What kinds of mentors has Jeremy had over the years?

[27:00] Why are states not doing more certification programs?

[28:45] What kinds of books is Jeremy reading right now?

[33:20] Tom’s Leadership Tip of the Week!

Mentioned in This Episode:
Jeremy on LinkedIn
We Were Soldiers Once… and Young: Ia Drang — The Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam, by Harold G. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway


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