April 4, 2018

S4|E11: Brad Simpkins – “If there is a problem, tackle it head on”

By Tom Davidson

Brad Simpkins is the Director and State Forester of the New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands where he is responsible for forestry, forest management, and forest lands. Prior to arriving in New Hampshire, Brad worked for the Kentucky Division of Forestry, the National Park Service, and the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry. Brad holds a B.S. in Environmental Resource Management with a forestry concentration from Penn State University and a M.B.A. from Plymouth State University. On the show, Brad discusses the beautiful and diverse wildlands of New Hampshire, how leadership is different at the State Forester level, and why he loves working with the next generation of professionals.

Key Takeaways:

[:55] A message from Leadership Nature.

[1:35] A quick intro about Brad’s background.

[2:50] How did Brad become interested in forestry?

[5:05] What has Brad’s experience been like while working with the younger generation?

[10:00] After school, what were some of the first forestry jobs he took on?

[12:55] What types of wildland does New Hampshire have?

[15:05] What was the transition like from being an individual contributor to a manager of people?

[18:00] Brad discusses how people reacted to him when he first became a supervisor.

[20:20] How long does it really take for a person to settle into a new role?

[21:25] What job has been the most fun for Brad to do so far?

[25:10] Brad discusses some of the new projects being added to the New Hampshire. Division of Forests and Lands.

[30:55] Brad works a lot with the state’s legislators and representatives to help keep them informed about forestry issues.

[32:55] Brad discusses the leadership differences between being a manager and being a state forester.

[39:45] What does Brad love about working with the next generation?

[44:20] What does the profession need to be better at in order to be prepared for the future?

Mentioned in This Episode:
Crucial Conversations, by Al Switzler, Joseph Grenny, and Ron McMillan
Brad on LinkedIn

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