Liberty, MO-based author, Dr. Rodger Dean Duncan, teaches leaders how to help their employees embrace change in his book, Change-Friendly Leadership -- How to Transform Good Intentions into Great Performance.
As quoted in the book, Diane Stafford of The Kansas City Star says that "Change-Friendly Leadership is an excellent book about managing change through empowerment. That's what most workers want: Clear statements about goals and strategy and then the wisely granted freedoms to implement the change. Rodger tells how to do it."
Highlights from the book include these insights:
- The kind of behavior change that results in lasting (sustainable) change must accommodate people's feelings--feelings that involve trust, confidence, passion, and all those other intangible but very real things that make us human.
- It's often the stress that people resist, not the change itself.
- Continuity gives us roots; change gives us branches, letting us stretch and grow and reach new heights (Pauline R. Kezer).
- A transformational leader focuses primarily on initiating and "managing" change. He/she influences people to improve, to stretch, and to redefine what's possible.
- It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change (Charles Darwin).
- Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.
Duncan is the CEO and Founder of Duncan Worldwide, which, since 1972 integrates best-in-class diagnostics, training programs, and coaching solutions, Duncan Worldwide to help its clients create high-engagement, high-accountability work cultures where individuals and teams produce impressive results, not excuses.
Duncan Worldwide has earned an impressive track record in working with high tech firms, airlines, drug companies, food manufacturers, utilities, more than half of North America’s nuclear power plants, and cabinet officers in two White House administrations.
Duncan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Baylor University where he studied American literature and psychology. At Baylor he was active in student government, president of his senior class, president of Sigma Tau Delta literary society, and an honor student.
He earned a Master of Arts in communications degree at Brigham Young University, where he also served on the faculty in the Communications Department and was managing director of University Publications.
Duncan earned a Ph.D. in organizational communication at Purdue University. He also served on the Purdue faculty, teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses.