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Leadership Expert to Challenge SAF Members

Aug. 22, 2016

Join the Portland Chapter for a Tree Farm Tour, BBQ, and program by featured speaker Tom Davidson on Tuesday, September 13, 2016, at the Magness Memorial Tree Farm in Wilsonville. Here’s the line-up:
4:30 p.m. Tour of Magness led by resident forester and Portland Chapter Chair Liam Hassett 
5:30-6:30 Barbecue: The main protein will be provided. Portland Chapter members can bring a side dish that feeds 4-6 or pay $20/person at the door. All students are FREE.
6:30-8:00 Tom Davidson: Lessons in leadership from the School of Hard Knots: What they don’t have time to teach you in school that might take you years to learn on the job about people, leadership, communication and teamwork.
Please RSVP to the SAF Northwest Office at 503-224-8046 by September 6 
Indicate if you will be bringing a side dish so we can plan ahead.
Tom Davidson, who is both a forester and leadership expert, will challenge Portland chapter members and guests to become better leaders within SAF and where they work. To help you do so, he’ll offer some key lessons in leadership from the real world, or as he calls it, “the school of hard knots.” Davidson’s forestry career started with the Maryland Forest Service and included more than 20 years in the paper and forest products industry. An active SAF member, Tom writes the quarterly SAF Leader Lab column for The Forestry Source, is author of The 8 Greatest Mistakes New Managers Make: Surviving Your Transition to a Leadership Position, and owns and operates his own business in leadership and organizational development. Here’s how Tom describes his presentation:
Whether you know it or not (or like it or not), no matter what discipline you choose in forestry, you’re going into the people business, not just the business of wood, wildlife, and watersheds. 
You’ve been so busy developing your forestry and outdoor skills, there hasn’t been much time for talk about the people side of the profession. So whether you’re a student, young professional, or veteran who wishes you’d learned a few things earlier, this program is your opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at what you’ll need to know about people, leadership, communications, and teamwork. 
Don’t think you’ll need to know that much about people? Don’t kid yourself. If you’re any good at your technical job, you’ll be getting promoted to a people position faster than you can imagine and probably faster than you’re ready. Are you ready to give performance reviews to your old buddies and peers? Ready to be a public speaker? Ready to deal with angry publics, the media, or upset bosses? Ready to be held accountable for what other people do (and don’t do)? You won’t be the first to say “No” to most of these challenges, and you won’t be the last. But you can attend this session to get some of the key lessons in leadership from the school of hard knots, so you won’t be blindsided and you’ll have some key principles to turn to while you slowly grow your own repertoire of people skills.
Put on your hiking boots and your thinking cap and attend the meeting at Magness on Tuesday, September 13. You’ll end up knowing more about your leadership skills and how to improve them.