Stories of Passion for Place and Everyday Nature

I’ve now published some 180 of these Great Blue Heron Blog Posts on Nature-Inspired Life and Living: http://stevejonesgbh.com/blog/

Over the course of the nearly three years represented I’ve maintained fidelity to the original theme, tenets, principles, and purpose, which I’ve developed far more comprehensively in my three books:

  • Nature Based Leadership: Lessons for Living, Learning, Serving, and Leading (2016)
  • Nature-Inspired Learning and Leading: Revealing and Applying Nature’s Wisdom (2017)
  • Weaned Seals and Snowy Summits: Stories of Passion for Place and Everyday Nature (2019; co-authored with Dr. Jennifer Wilhoit)

During the same period, for the first time in my life, I’ve distilled my Nature-rooted philosophy, beliefs, and practice to my own Mission Statement: Employ writing and speaking to educate, inspire, and enable readers and listeners to understand, appreciate, and enjoy Nature… and accept and practice Earth Stewardship.

And a resultant Vision:

  • People of all ages will pay greater attention to and engage more regularly with Nature… and will accept and practice informed and responsible Earth Stewardship.
  • They will see their relationship to our natural world with new eyes… and will understand more clearly their Earth home.

 

Weaned Seals and Snowy Summits

The three book subtitles synthesize the elements incorporated in my Mission and Vision. In fact, as I think about the Weaned Seals and Snowy Summits (WS&SS) subtitle, I am struck that each of my Blog Posts is, in fact, a Story of Passion for Place and Everyday Nature! My entire life is a several volume set of chapters, each an episode of such passion for place and everyday Nature. How perfectly fitting that I refocus my professional career, after serving the Mission of a series of employer organizations (a Fortune-500 company and nine universities), to my own ultimate Mission.

I’m a shameless evangelist for informed and responsible Earth stewardship. If you are reading these words, I know you share my deep passion. I encourage you to obtain a copy of WS&SS. Dr. Wilhoit and I describe our joint effort as a collection of Nature stories seeking to inspire deeper relationship with and care for this beautiful Earth. Weaned and Snowy represents a labor of passion and purpose on behalf of humanity and our precious pale blue orb. I know you will enjoy our tales… and find inspiration for this world of Nature’s beauty, magic, wonder, and awe!

 

Secure a copy from your favorite local independent bookseller or online at IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781489723529

Or from Amazon, LifeRich, or most any online book source.

My two previous books likewise comprise collections of Nature stories seeking to inspire deeper relationship with and care for this beautiful Earth. Both are available at Indiebound: https://www.indiebound.org/search/book?keys=nature+based+leadership and https://www.indiebound.org/search/book?keys=nature-inspired+learning+and+leading

 

 

Contact me to learn more about what I can bring to your organization or business through speaking (or niche consulting) related to my mission and vision: steve@stevejonesgbh.com.

I draw from a rich lifetime of related education, leadership, avocation, and practice. Here’s just a quick photo portfolio from the past 15 years:

 

On the Road for Nature-Inspired Life and Living

I am blessed to have experienced life and Nature across 13 interstate moves, 12-year employment with a Fortune-500 paper and allied products manufacturing company, nine universities, chairing the governing Board of The University of the Arctic, and diverse international travel. Please find below a brief portfolio of my somewhat recent immersions in Nature.

August 2019 half-day Academic Leadership Workshop with executive team at Kimep University in Almaty, Kazakhstan

 

Kolsai Lakes National Park in Kazakhstan

 

Charyn Canyon National Park in Kazakhstan

 

Old Faithful 2019

 

With two of our grandkids at Rocky Gap State Park in Maryland 2018

 

Commencement Address at Fairmont State University in West Virginia 2018

 

Fall 2017 at base of large yellow poplar at a West Virginia State Park

 

After delivering keynote address to 2018 Environmental Educators Association of Alabama annual meeting, Cheaha State Park

 

With Sam the Pelican at Alabama’s Gulf State Park 2019

 

Alabama’s Gulf State Park 2019

 

Rovaniemi, Finland 2006 after chairing the UArctic Council during the International Polar Year; north of the Arctic Circle

 

March 2007 snowshoeing on the Nenana River near Denali National Park at 37-degrees below zero

 

Cypress swamp 2016 at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge with two of our five grandkids

 

Aborted Mount Washington summit attempt January 2015; I’m the guy to the far left

 

That morning before the attempted ascent

 

McConnell’s Mill State Park in Pennsylvania with three grandkids and our son

 

Great blue heron photo in my Fairmont State University office 2017

 

Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge 2016

 

At 3,000-feet mid-June 2012 Mount Verstovia, Sitka, Alaska

 

Mid-June 2012 bay-side at Sitka

 

Valley Falls State Park West Virginia in August 2017

 

Monte Sano State Park Alabama 2018

 

National Tallgrass Prairie Preserve in Kansas 2018, when I key-noted the annual meeting of the Kansas Natural Resource Professionals

 

Enjoying Nature from the skies above northern West Virginia 2017

 

Early autumn at Dolly Sods Wilderness at 4,000-feet in north-central West Virginia

 

 

My Great Blue Heron logo

 

My three books on display — obtain the full set!

 

The thrill of opening my first shipment of Weaned Seals and Snowy Summits

 

I bring my lifetime passion for Nature, a 40-year career, a BS in forestry and a PhD in applied ecology, 13 interstate moves, international travel, and still-increasing Nature enthusiasm to my speaking and writing. May Nature Inspire Your Life!

 

Thoughts and Reflections

I wrote my books Nature Based Leadership (2016), Nature-Inspired Learning and Leading (2017), and Weaned Seals and Snowy Summits: Stories of Passion for Place and Everyday Nature (co-authored with Dr. Jennifer J. Wilhoit; 2019) to encourage all citizens to recognize and appreciate that every lesson for living, learning, serving, and leading is either written indelibly in or is powerfully inspired by Nature. All three are available on Indiebound (https://www.indiebound.org/search/book?keys=weaned+seals+and+snowy+summits) and other online sources.

Inhale and absorb Nature’s elixir. May Nature Inspire and Reward you!

 

Note: All blog post images created & photographed by Stephen B. Jones unless otherwise noted. Please circulate images with photo credit: “©2019 Steve Jones, Great Blue Heron LLC. All Rights Reserved.”

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Reminder of my Personal and Professional Purpose, Passion, and Cause

If only more of us viewed our precious environment through the filters I employ. If only my mission and vision could be multiplied untold orders of magnitude:

Mission: Employ writing and speaking to educate, inspire, and enable readers and listeners to understand, appreciate, and enjoy Nature… and accept and practice Earth Stewardship.

Vision:

  • People of all ages will pay greater attention to and engage more regularly with Nature… and will accept and practice informed and responsible Earth Stewardship.
  • They will see their relationship to our natural world with new eyes… and will understand more clearly their Earth home.

Tagline/Motto: Steve (Great Blue Heron) encourages and seeks a better tomorrow through Nature-Inspired Living!

Nature-Inspired Learning and Leading: now available

Steve’s Second Book is Available!

 

I am announcing my new book, the second in a series breaking fertile ground in the business and enterprise management and leadership field, and in the arena of Nature enthusiasm/appreciation and applied ecology. Now president of my fourth university and founder of the Nature Based Leadership Institute, I do NOT write like an academic – my feet are firmly rooted to the ground. I am determined to reach the reader from my heart, soul, and spirit. Yes, I do know my science, yet I refrain from speaking the hard, cold language so common to scholars and professors. I am simply a forester who found his way to university leadership. Nature speaks a simple language, and so do I!

As a lifetime champion of Nature, I explore in Nature-Inspired Learning and Leading how individuals and organizations can apply nature’s wisdom to achieve success and fulfillment. My first book, Nature Based Leadership, introduced my belief that every lesson for living, learning, serving, and leading is written indelibly in or is powerfully inspired by Nature. Both books reveal Nature’s insight and its application to life and living.

More About Nature-Inspired Learning and Leading

I point out that Nature’s routes, processes, options, and outcomes seem infinite. In many ways they are, but all species—including humans—seek the same thing: to succeed, reproduce, and sustain. This book is a series of essays that inspire, illuminate, and entertain those who are willing to learn from Nature. A collection of personal reflections, this book and my first (Nature Based Leadership) evoke deep emotion and stimulate the reader to think deeply about our relationship with this planet we call home. Some of these essays instruct of Nature’s pleasurable terror via my own experience. All of the essays draw indelible lessons from or inspired by Nature. The lessons spur the reader to look, to see, to feel, and to act for the good of the individual, the enterprise, and our one Earth.

The books translate nature’s time-tested wisdom into actionable insights that will help you live, learn, serve, and lead while engaging in responsible Earth stewardship. My science-informed personal reflections evoke comprehension, stir passion, elicit emotion, and prompt action. Above all else, these stories harness the wonder, magic, awe, beauty, and spirit of Nature in the service of reason and to the cause of humanity.

I urge you to capitalize on the wisdom of the natural world through the lessons in Nature-Inspired Learning and Leading (and Nature Based Leadership). Both books are available through LifeRich Publishing and from other online outlets like Amazon.

Posted Interview of the Author of Nature Based Leadership

I am thrilled — bookscover2cover just posted an interview with me: https://bookscover2cover.com/author-interviews/. Open the link and click my photo for the interview. Sandy Fluck, the site’s creator (with Justine Fluck’s incomparable technical support), performs magic in asking the right questions to draw me into explaining and describing the essence of my first book, Nature Based Leadership. Please visit the site, read the interview, and see what else Sandy presents in bookscover2cover.

Alternatively, here is the complete text of the interview:

Steve Jones interviewed by Sandra Fluck
You recently published a book titled Nature Based Leadership: Lessons for Living, Learning, Serving, and Leading. What is nature-based leadership? How does the subtitle extend the premise of nature-based leadership?

Nature Based Leadership (NBL) is an approach (a framework) for informing and inspiring life and vocation. Here is the rather formal definition of NBL that appears in the book’s Preface:

Nature based leadership (NBL) defines and elaborates an approach to leadership steeped in the ways of nature. NBL borrows lessons from the ageless evolution of individual species and communities. Far more species have failed than survived over the vast sweep of time. Individual species seek to reproduce, to carry the line forward, just as enterprises (i.e. a business or NGO) seek sustainability. Species employ adaptability, resilience, competition, specificity (such as niche exploitation), efficiency, reciprocity, and fecundity among many other strategies. Species often depend upon complex inter-relationships within the community (ecosystem) they occupy and, in part, compose. Each species has a plan, hard-wired in DNA. NBL identifies successful strategies and relationships, and extracts those that translate to enterprise applications that leaders can apply. NBL also leans heavily on nature’s beauty, awe, wonder, and inspiration. NBL embraces tenets that can sustain the individual enterprise and assure Earth stewardship and human well-being. NBL both implores and enables us to care for our common home and our fellow travelers.

Importantly, although a 30-plus year “academic” and four-time university CEO, I refuse to write in academese (admittedly, the excerpted definition above comes close). I view myself, instead, as a practicing forester who just happens to be a university leader. That forester views life and vocation through a lens sharpened by my many years in the study and practice of applied ecology. As I progressed (if we accept that climbing the career ladder is, indeed, progress) through my career, I increasingly employed my applied ecology filter to all that I did as scientist, scholar, manager, and, ultimately, to leading. No matter the problem, dilemma, or opportunity, I saw lessons from nature applicable to the situation.

As NBL began to emerge and gel intellectually for me, I came to realize that the term “leadership” sliced too narrowly. That is, unless I translated “leading” as in “leading a life.” Hence, I broadened the theme of the book and now my own thinking to the message conveyed by the subtitle: Lessons for living, learning, serving, and leading.

There is usually a story or stories behind most books. What is your story behind Nature Based Leadership?

The Story is one I had not consciously explored in so many words. In no small way, my 13 Nature Based Leadership essays tell the tale, revealing what led this shy, introverted nature enthusiast to adopt a relatively untested construct, and dare introduce it to others. I grew bolder and more convinced of its vitality and merit with the enthusiastic embrace evidenced by my fellow NBLI (NBL Institute at Antioch University New England (AUNE)) founders. My guest essayists likewise buoyed my conviction that NBL is a theme and approach whose time is now.

I never set out to be a scientist, scholar, leader, writer. I wanted to do forestry, spend time in the woods, practice my trade, and generally nourish my introversion. Whoa… time, serendipity, good mentors, and a series of awakenings altered my imagined course. As Robert Frost so aptly penned, way led on to way, and that has made all the difference. From one of my essays in Nature-Inspired Learning and Leading, my second book, scheduled for release late July:

Judy has been asking me for years, “Why don’t you write more… you’re good at it? You have done so much across the forest products industry and higher education. Why not tie it all together and do consulting?” Truth be told, I have been afraid of failure. I have pondered whether I am worthy of striking out more or less on my own. I have taken extended refuge in my Zone of Comfort. Multiple rejection letters (for permanent university CEO posts) have made it clear that I have out-grown, out-lived once again finding refuge in that Zone of Comfort. Yet still I am bucking my own silent rebellion. What if nobody reads my writing? What if I hang the consulting shingle and my phone never rings? What if they laugh at my new garb? My disguise? What if they see me simply as the old retired guy, the one who has out-lived his professional merit and worth?

However, my entire professional career, Judy reminds me, I have always harbored self-doubt. Supervisors at Union Camp placed me in positions where the reach exceeded my grasp – they did it every time I attained some level of comfort in the current position. Their constant pushing and pulling ushered me through seven positions in three states across those 12 years. The same held true along my academic career track. Trusted friends and advisors encouraged me to apply for positions beyond my grasp. I suppose it’s natural now to feel self-doubt once again.

Keep your face always toward the sunshine — and shadows will fall behind you. – Walt Whitman

Judy and I have decided to face the sunshine; to once more push through my self-doubt. I’ve worked full time since May 1973. Even if nobody buys my book and no one hires me to consult, we won’t find ourselves destitute. So, I must now enter the Zone of Courage, and we have decided to relish the thought. I’ve learned long ago that we do in fact choose such things. Relish, like so many such forces and attributes, is voluntary. Relish is an attitude. Great Blue Heron is accelerating into the Zone. My first book, “Nature Based Leadership,” released December 2016. Nature-inspired learning and leading is my new realm; it defines and epitomizes my sweet spot. I find writing pleasurable. At the moment, I view it as an end, not necessarily a financial means. Writing forces (and enables) deep thinking.

What are the five human portals you refer to in Nature Based Leadership? Are they metaphors to show the interdependence between human nature and the natural world, or something else?

During my early career years, I would have been reluctant (perhaps loathe) to speak of such things as leading, acting, and rationalizing on the basis of factors and elements other than logic, intellect, and professional training. Employ heart, soul, body, and spirit in decision-making? No way, I would have scoffed at the notion. With age, wisdom, and experience, I have moved beyond the purely objective, head-derived solution scenario. It is emotion, feeling, and subjective judgment, backed and supported by knowledge and intellect, that guides and directs me almost intuitively through alternatives-analysis, relative assessment, and preferred course embrace. I am not sure that I can distinguish for you clearly among the five portals. Yeah, I know intellect/mind, I think. Body may also stand distinctly alone. Call it preservation of self – what is best physically for me, or for others. But step into heart, soul, and spirit… they are intertwined and perhaps metaphorical. Heart may be love for others. Spirit is the metaphysical and of something larger, more grand and higher than we. Soul is something deeper, again, I think.

Human nature embodies all those facets… those things that I believe distinguish us from other living creatures, and from all things inanimate. Yet these attributes are of our human nature, and therefore, of nature. I do know that the salamanders and fungi, nor the bacteria and whales will not save us (humanity) from exacting terminal damage to the Earth system that sustains us. From our insatiable appetite for material consumption. From out-growing the Earth’s capacity to sustain us. I am convinced that our intellect alone will not save us from ourselves. We must employ mind, as well as heart, soul, body, and spirit.

The following passage is revelatory of your passion for nature: “Nature nurtures my soul, enriches my mind, commands my heart, fuels my body, lifts my spirit.” Please expand.

Engineering, the humanities, mathematics, foreign languages, medicine, or any other art/science/discipline fans the flames to the degree that does my passion for nature and for things natural. Just this Father’s Day, visiting our son and his family 20 miles north of Pittsburgh, we had erected a canopy in the driveway over the grill. Frontal showers to the west in Ohio appeared on schedule to arrive just in time for grilling. As Matt readied the charcoal (stacked it as only the great grill-master can do), four-year-old Nathan and I ventured out back to the wood’s edge. We watched birds, spotted a rabbit venturing into the gathering gloom as the western sky darkened, and listened for the first distant rumbles of thunder. We were alone in the world – he delighting in climbing a rope swing, alerting me to interesting sounds and sights, and occasionally chasing the rabbit back into brush cover. Me watching the clouds thicken and swirl, hearing and feeling the growing breeze. Soon we both heard thunder. The radar depicted deep reds along the squall line now within a dozen miles.

As the first fat drops began falling, Nathan and I headed to the shelter of the grilling canopy. I believe Nathan will remember our 30-minute venture for a long time, as will I. After the storm and dinner, he and I walked to the nearby stream, seeing its normally placid flow toss and tumble from the inch or so of rain the squall delivered. Nature makes memories for me, indelible and joyful. Like Nathan, I learned to appreciate the magic, wonder, awe, beauty, and power of nature from my Dad and his father.

When you were president of Antioch University New England (AUNE), you saw it as an academic home for Nature Based Leadership. How did you build out that idea to make it a reality?

Antioch New England has evidenced a long-term focus on environmental studies and Earth stewardship, and demonstrated a commitment to enabling graduates (Master’s and doctoral-level) to engage and act on behalf of today and future generations. Those thrusts, combined with degree elements championing leadership development and highlighting environmental education, made AUNE a natural (pun intended) home for Nature Based Leadership. Add in a president (me) with a unique background and deep experience in forestry, applied ecology, and natural resources sustainability. The stars had perfectly aligned. Faculty across all programs embraced my ideas and many supported the dream to create and house the Institute. I also brought my national network of similarly-minded colleagues, scientists, and practitioners to the visioning table.

I remain convinced that we birthed NBLI at the right academic home. Admittedly, my departure took some of the steam out of the ready-to-launch Institute. Will it flourish and meet what had been my high expectations, at the pace I sought? Can it attract the resources and funding I felt certain we could bring to fuel the bold idea? A president can bring credentials, a senior-level bully pulpit, and the strength of a career-long network to the task. My sense from afar (I’ve been gone one full year) is that NBLI may remain in a holding pattern, awaiting the kind of institutional support it may not get. Nevertheless, I will continue to write, preach, and champion the gospel of NBL. I stand prepared to assist NBLI from afar.

Your professional life has been varied: forestry, doctoral degree, and college administrative work. What was the impetus for moving from forestry to graduate school to college administration?

My entire career progression has relied upon fortuity and serendipity. My extended time with Union Camp Corporation’s Corporate Environmental Affairs and within Woodlands Technical conducting tree nutrition and forest fertilization research kept me very much engaged with multiple forest industry research cooperatives at VA Tech, NC State, University of Georgia, Auburn, University of Florida, and Mississippi State. I worked closely with faculty and their graduate students. I began to catch the bug for at least opening the door to a higher education future, which would require the PhD. My SUNY EFS mentor, Dr. Jack Berglund, stayed in regular contact since my BS, hinting at and persuading me to come back for my doctoral degree. If I were ever to pursue the degree, the time had come – mid-30s, two young kids, and still time for a second career track beyond the PhD. Jack made an offer I could not refuse: I give it everything he knew I could; he would push, pull, counsel, and badger me to a doctoral degree in three years. Judy (wife of now 45 years) and I agreed to accept the challenge. WE did it! Three years to the day! Jack, who we knew was terminally ill when I accepted his offer, died two years into my program, yet he had arranged prior to his passing, to keep his end of the bargain. See “Jack Berglund’s Belief in Me” from Nature Based Leadership for a full account.

This sentence encapsulates the premise of Nature Based Leadership, but it also broadens the discussion about nature and leadership: “All lessons for living, learning, serving, and leading are written indelibly in or powerfully inspired by nature.” What makes you certain that this is true?

I have pedaled thousands of bicycle miles as an adult, having learned the basics as a child. From a youngster to today, I have known that when I lean too far (shift the center of gravity beyond an invisible, yet knowable, threshold) to one side or the other, the bike and I will topple. Similarly, through a lifetime of trial and error, I know many examples of if I do ‘x,’ then ‘y’ will occur. With as much certainty, I have come to know that “All lessons for living, learning, serving, and leading are written indelibly in or powerfully inspired by nature.” I have watched Nature and human nature for decades, gaining evidence and confidence in the truth of that statement.

Please relate the experience you had with the little green heron when you were twelve years old. Undoubtedly, it affected you deeply. Is there a thread between the little green heron and your passion for getting it right with nature?

The short version, also presented in-full as an essay in Nature Based Leadership, is that as an adolescent, seeking some alternative action one summer afternoon when the fish weren’t biting, I threw a rock at a way-small target standing in a stagnant, algae-coated slough near the limit of my throwing distance. Rather than splashing somewhere in the vicinity of the little green heron, the rock flew true, instantly killing the magnificent natural treasure. Stunned and mortified, and, I now know, emotionally shamed for life, the deed awakened within me a chord of recognition for my place in the world and of my obligation to never again nonchalantly and ignorantly toss another such stone, literally or metaphorically. Nature-inspired learning and leading? You better believe it!

Great Blue Heron

What is the Great Blue Heron?

The great blue heron, the name I gave to my consulting/writing/speaking firm, is my long-deceased Dad’s totem/talisman/animal spirit. The short version of its origin, again told in-full in the book, is that Dad immersed me fully in nature. He (and I) loved seeing these incredible shoreline predators. We thrilled when we encountered one as we fished or hiked. The morning of Dad’s memorial service, a bitterly cold February day, I ran a ten-mile circuit, leaving the house at dawn. Running a favorite route along Evitt’s Creek, I saw movement in some still unfrozen rapids below me. Steam-rose, enshrouding the great blue heron standing in the water, eyes locked with mine. Perhaps after a full minute, he spread his wings heading neither down- or up-stream, but rising in slow spirals. He disappeared into the disc of the sun as it broke the ridge to my east. That is the last I saw of my feathered friend.

Dad had said farewell, signaling that all was well with him, and foretelling that he would revisit time and again – and he has.

Your second book, Nature-Inspired Learning and Leading, will be released soon. What is this book about and how does it further the discussion found in Nature Based Leadership?

I admit that the second book, Nature-Inspired Learning and Leading, is yet another collection of essays (15 of them) that further memorialize and substantiate that every lesson for living, learning, serving, and leading is either written indelibly in or is powerfully inspired by nature. I believe it is generally better written, and that I have consciously added greater substance and elaboration of the stories and their lessons. The first book touches the surface; the second dives more deeply. I have drafted a similar set of essays, intended for a third book in the series, but I am leaning away… toward exploring a different tack, not yet decided.

You were a first-generation college student and attended the first two years of your forestry major at a community college. What is your advice for those who want to go to college but can’t afford it, and for those who are obviously capable but don’t believe it?

What a perfect way for me to begin my post-secondary journey at a nearby community college. Very inexpensive to stay at home. Community college tuition and fees nominal. Able to secure employment to pay directly and put some money aside for the final two years of schooling. Mom and Dad, although so kind to allow me to live at home, did not have the resources to contribute to tuition and fees.

I was fortunate that the local college offered my major. However, I would advise students today, those who cannot afford to attend a bachelor’s institution at the outset to enroll at a school (community college or otherwise) that they can afford. Live as inexpensively as possible (at home or not); work and save some money; take it seriously; set goals and establish a timetable; begin growing up. Find a mentor faculty member at the college. Find somebody who believes in you – prove to that person that his/her belief is justified. Perform in a manner that convinces YOU that you are capable. Rise to your aspiration. Work HARD; capability comes through effort and commitment. Confidence grows from effort and performance.

I came to SUNY ESF better prepared for junior and senior years than most of those who enrolled there as freshman. My grade point average actually improved from my community college GPA.

Another bit of advice: visit a military service recruiter, even as you explore colleges through admissions personnel. I’ve seen far too many high school graduates enter college and waste their time and their parent’s money (and their own.) Some folks just aren’t matured enough to handle college at age 18. I suggest reaching maturity at somebody else’s expense.

Okay, I’ll stop there.

Nature Based Leadership Book Review

I am pleased to post an external book review for Nature Based Leadership, my first book: https://bookscover2cover.com/…/nature-based-leadership-liv…/

Please take a few minutes to see whether the book might interest you.

Many thanks,

Steve

Book Signing: Nature Based Leadership

I’m pleased that our local library, the Madison Branch of the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library (https://hmcpl.org/branches/madison), will be hosting me for a book signing March 26, 2-3:00 PM. This will be my first book signing. I’ll speak for 15-20 minutes, allowing plenty of time for questions and discussion.

Book Description

Nature Based Leadership inspires, illuminates, and entertains those who are willing to learn from Nature. A collection of personal reflections from a natural resources scientist, university president, philosopher, leadership scholar, Nature enthusiast, and Earth citizen, this book evokes deep emotions and stimulates the reader to contemplate our essential relationship with this planet we call home. My writing walks a fine line between prose and lyricism. Some of these essays instruct of Nature’s pleasurable terror via my own experiences. Other essays do so through my tales of the power of Nature’s beauty, awe, wonder, and majesty. All of the essays draw indelible lessons from or inspired by Nature. The lessons spur the reader to look, to see, to feel, and to act for the good of the individual, the enterprise, and our one Earth. These essays will leave you hungry for more of Nature’s wisdom and inspiration.

Intended Audience

Nature Based Leadership is not in any way a traditional leadership manual. Instead, the book draws from Nature’s ways. Those who will find interest in Nature Based Leadership include:

  • Students of leadership — current leaders and those who aspire to be leaders.
  • Nature enthusiasts relishing interactions with the natural world.
  • People wanting to learn more from Nature.
  • Earth citizens who appreciate the obligation that each of us (individuals and human enterprises) has to responsibly steward this Earth that sustains us.
  • People like me who draw sspecial satisfaction from the spins, perturbations, and magic of weather’s ways.