May 2, 2018

S4|E15: Kacey KC – “Don’t skip the middle learning curve”

By Tom Davidson

Kacey KC is the State Forester/Fire Warden for the Nevada Division of Forestry. A Nevada Native, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Forestry and Natural Resource Conservation from the University of Montana. After graduation, Kacey spent over two years with the Peace Corps doing community forestry work in Nepal. On today’s show, Kacey shares her story, reflects on her learnings, and discusses some amazing projects happening at the Nevada Division of Forestry. On this episode, Kacey explains why she recommends that young professionals join the Peace Corps, and she says “Failure and mistakes can be your strongest ally in becoming better” and much more.

Key Takeaways:

[:55] A message from Leadership Nature.

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

[3:30] How did Kacey become interested in forestry?

[5:10] What made Kacey decide to join the Peace Corps and what was that experience like?

[10:35] Kacey shares her story of how she helped the Nepalese overcome certain challenges with their forests.

[13:55] Kacey’s transition back home from Nepal was difficult at first.

[16:55] What were some of the most fun or memorable jobs that Kacey had before becoming State Forester?

[19:50] What is Kacey most proud of in the Nevada Division of Forestry?

[29:50] Who have been some of Kacey’s mentors?

[33:05] What advice does Kacey have for young professionals?

[37:20] Failure is the best teacher!

[42:35] Kacey recommends the book, Extreme Ownership.

[45:00] As leaders, it’s important to just be honest and straightforward.

Mentioned in This Episode:
Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

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