Steven Tucker

Technical Advisor, United States Coast Guard

Which category below best describes the type of organisation you currently work for/or run?

Government Agency

Areas of expertise

Land/Water Management Species Management Law Enforcement & Prosecution Legal & Policy Frameworks Project/programme management

Would you be willing to be approached and share your lessons learned in your area(s) of expertise with our community?

Yes

Recent Comments

Oct 06, 2021
Replying to Steven Tucker

The videos included exercises- respond to a post by sharing an experience where a project was (1) undertaken without clear line authorities, and (2) without a phased approach.  I wasn't successful in finding the post to respond to, so...

1) I held a job in a large organization.  Program success was ultimately dependent on effort and effectiveness of people working locally in the field.  The program was not well resourced by the organization, and program activities were treated as collateral to other obligations and accountabilities, rather than the priority focus.  Line authority did not exist between the policy office and the implementing staff.  While some measure off success was realized by leveraging team building strategies, incentives and recognition and other tools, the lack of line authority and the diminishment of program standing by the organization undermined full performance.

2) I participated in a project where a substantial amount of outside funding was allocated to support collaboration and communications- aspects of work that is often given low priority when it came to decisions about allocating resources.  The drive was for innovation.  No phased approach was developed, the project went forward generating and pursuing different opportunities to launch a collaborative spinoff project.  Ultimately, the work was more of an ongoing activity than a discreet project, and that complicated reporting of effort and outcomes as well as confusing some staff about measures of success.

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Oct 05, 2021

This event is long-past, but is there a recording available?

Oct 05, 2021

I really enjoyed this event.  Asha is an amazing spokesperson for cetaceans, marine conservation, and empowerment/entrepreneurship for local science, management and conservation.

Oct 04, 2021

The videos included exercises- respond to a post by sharing an experience where a project was (1) undertaken without clear line authorities, and (2) without a phased approach.  I wasn't successful in finding the post to respond to, so...

1) I held a job in a large organization.  Program success was ultimately dependent on effort and effectiveness of people working locally in the field.  The program was not well resourced by the organization, and program activities were treated as collateral to other obligations and accountabilities, rather than the priority focus.  Line authority did not exist between the policy office and the implementing staff.  While some measure off success was realized by leveraging team building strategies, incentives and recognition and other tools, the lack of line authority and the diminishment of program standing by the organization undermined full performance.

2) I participated in a project where a substantial amount of outside funding was allocated to support collaboration and communications- aspects of work that is often given low priority when it came to decisions about allocating resources.  The drive was for innovation.  No phased approach was developed, the project went forward generating and pursuing different opportunities to launch a collaborative spinoff project.  Ultimately, the work was more of an ongoing activity than a discreet project, and that complicated reporting of effort and outcomes as well as confusing some staff about measures of success.

Oct 04, 2021

While still in college, thought I would go on to pursue a career either in business/financial markets, or else in law enforcement.  I took a summer job as a ranger, and my penchant for wildlife and the environment came to the forefront of future career goals.  I set aside business, as I seem to be deficient in the quantitative arena.  I had different positions in public safety and law enforcement, and watching the types of incidents the traditional blue-suit enforcement officers encountered and it's effect on them, decided that wasn't the path for me.  I've been fortunate to find jobs in public service that leverage some of my interests to craft better outcomes for wildlife and the environment through planning, regulation and environmental enforcement.  I opted for public service and government jobs intentionally, believing it to be the best place for a person with my traits (and admittedly limited personal/networking skills) to deliver positive change.