January 31, 2018

S4|E4: Donald Griego – You’ve gotta love what you do so you can sell it

By Tom Davidson

Donald Griego is the State Forester of New Mexico. He graduated from New Mexico State University with a B.S. in Wildlife Management and started his career with the New Mexico Forestry Division in 1997. Prior to this, Donald was the State Fire Management Officer and Resource Protection Bureau Chief for 13 years and has held over 11 positions in the 21 years he’s worked in forestry. In this episode, Donald shares his diverse experience as a forester and offers advice for young forestry professionals looking to advance their careers. One piece of advice is this: “You can’t always rely on texting to get the job done! Go out there and meet people, shake their hands, and look them in their eye. It goes a long, long way.” In addition, he points out: “We can’t do this alone. We need everybody to come together to promote forest health.”

Key Takeaways:

[:55] A message from Leadership Nature.

[1:40] A quick intro about Donald’s background.

[2:40] How did Donald become interested in forestry?

[4:05] What was Donald’s first job in forestry like?

[5:10] Donald has been with the forestry division for 21 years and has held 11 positions. Most new folks coming in only stay around for five years before transitioning into something else.

[6:25] What’s the most challenging/fun job Donald has had so far?

[10:25] How is New Mexico’s terrain and forest type different compared to other states?

[11:55] How do leadership responsibilities differ when taking on different management roles?

[13:05] Over the years, Donald has had to learn how to adapt to new technologies in order to communicate with younger generations.

[14:25] What does Donald wish he’d learned sooner about leadership?

[17:40] What does Donald love about the next generations coming into the profession?

[18:25] What is Donald most proud of in his career?

[20:00] Get out there and communicate! You can’t always rely on email or texting to get the job done.

[21:15] How can the younger generation build leadership skills?

[24:05] Donald shares some of his mentors that have made an impact on him throughout his career.

[25:45] What are some things the forestry profession can improve upon?

[28:00] Donald recommends checking out the author Oren Harari!

[29:55] Remember! You can’t do this alone. We need everybody to come together to promote forest health.

Mentioned in This Episode:
Leadership Secrets of Colin Powell, by Oren Harari
Gifts Differing: Understanding Personality Type, by Isabel Briggs Myers and Peter B. Myers

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