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058: A Good Leader Takes a Little More Than Her Share of the Blame and Little Less Than Her Share of the Credit

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Tera King is a Forester for Northwest Management, a forest land, and environmental management consulting firm based in Idaho, Montana, and Washington. Tera earned her B.S. in Forest Resources from the University of Idaho, in 2003. She also completed her MBA at Norwich University in Vermont, in 2013. On the show, Tera discusses why she went back to school to complete her MBA nearly 10 years later and some of the important skills young forestry professionals need to have in order to be a more prepared professional.   Key Takeaways: [1:15] A quick intro about Tera’s background. [2:25] How did Tera first get started in forestry? [4:40] Tera had some work experience in college; how did that help her land a job in forestry? [5:45] What other piece of advice can Tera give young forestry professionals who are about to enter the workforce? [7:05] How did Tera first get started at Northwest Management? [8:15] What’s it like working for Northwest Management? [9:15] Why did Tera go back to school for her MBA? [12:25] What are some of the challenges young professionals today face? [13:20] There are a lot of social issues now in the forestry industry and we need good communicators to help discuss some of these issues. [15:45] What kinds of people do Tera and her team look for when they’re about to hire? [17:55] Your company can teach you anything, but they can’t teach you how to have a good work ethic and a good attitude. [21:30] What kind of mentors has Tera had along the way? [27:00] What’s required from a leadership standpoint when you reach different levels, or different positions, of a job? [32:25] Sometimes technology fails and we need to know how to use the ‘old school’ methods to get the right information. Relying too heavily on your GPS will get you lost! [37:50] What is Tera most proud of in her career? [42:40] There is going to be change in the industry, whether we like it or not! Things will always be changing and you’re going to have to get used to that. [48:00] Tom’s Leadership Tip of the Week!   Mentioned in This Episode: Tera on LinkedIn Lord of the Rings