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Dr. Rodger Dean Duncan is widely known for his work in organizational effectiveness and the strategic management of change. His clients range from cabinet officers in two White House administrations to top executives in many corporations. His Internet column reaches opt-in business subscribers in more than 130 countries. Bestselling author Stephen M. R. Covey calls Duncan's work on leadership brilliantly insightful and inspiring; profound, yet user friendly; visionary, yet highly practical.
New York Times bestselling author Stephen M.R. Covey wrote The Speed of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything and Smart Trust: Creating Prosperity, Energy, and Joy in a Low-Trust World. The former CEO of the Covey Leadership Center and co-founder and CEO of CoveyLink Worldwide is a sought-after and compelling keynote speaker, author, and advisor on trust, leadership, ethics, and high performance.
So ... all these great reviews from really smart people, and you still wonder if a leader like you really needs Change-Friendly Leadership?
Yeah, I was a natural-born change agent too. You and me and a million others, still wearing our change game faces but wondering why it didn't work. The answer is pretty simple:
If you live in a real-time, get-results, make-it-happen world, then for crying out loud get great advice from a hands-on, sleeves-up, been-there practitioner.
That's the mother lode of insight from Dr. Rodger Dean Duncan in Change-Friendly Leadership, where he spells out the deceptively simple and often counterintuitive principles of the very, very difficult task of turning Good Intentions (always abundant and cheap) into Great Performance (always elusive but profitable).
Dr. Duncan makes a fresh and compelling case for genuinely engaging people rather than simply ordering bodies around. Turn to any page and you'll know on sight you're among kindred spirit:
* If you know that human beings are the world's best detectors of leadership hype and phony veneer * If you realize most leaders don't need to motivate their people--they need to stop demotivating them * If you don't labor under the illusion that people who want change can effect change * If you want to burn the next chalkboard epiphany from an ivory tower academic * If you'd trade a hundred change theorists for one true practitioner
... then Change-Friendly Leadership will earn a top spot among the most-useful-right-here-and-now books in your business library.
It's not about rah-rah, rallies and being a nice guy. These are time-tested, field-proven principles and practices uniquely developed by Dr.Read more ›
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By many estimates, there are well over 1500 books published annually in the popular press addressing aspects of business acumen, strategy and leadership. If you read only a handful, this is one that should be on your list.
Rodger Dean Duncan provides us a fresh lens through which we can examine timeless principles of effective leadership and change management. Duncan uses these principles as the warp threads in a fine tapestry of enlightening stories, analogies and metaphors. The iconography of his Change Friendly Leadership tapestry is, as promised, a user-friendly guide to dealing with change, transition and implementation issues.
Duncan is a master storyteller. He has a unique talent for leveraging poignant stories to illuminate fundamental principles and truths in common experiences. Because stories are perhaps the most effective way to communicate, teach and coach, Change Friendly Leadership does exactly that: it communicates, teaches and coaches. Duncan's work brings to life the principles of leadership we've all studied, observed, experienced and fought to practice - and does so in a context that naturally promotes the retention of positive behaviors.
Read the book, and then read it again. Take notes and keep a digital copy handy. You'll soon find yourself retelling, quoting and paraphrasing the book as you transform good intentions into great performances.
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Change is hard, and leading through change is even harder. Rodger Dean Duncan has a wonderfully calm, down-to-earth, avuncular approach that's guaranteed to make you feel more hopeful immediately. And then he goes on to provide his readers with core, simple advice about how to lead through change in ways that reduce organizational disruption and make it much more likely that your best people will make it through intact.
Rodger's advice is based on decades of real-world experience, and his common sense and understanding of the human condition shine through in every chapter.
If your organization is undergoing massive change (and whose isn't, at this point?), Change-Friendly Leadership is a supportive and very worthwhile resource.
Frankly, I did not know quite what to expect as I began to read this book. In a brief but thoughtful Foreword, Stephen M.R. Covey praises its relevance, insightfulness, and accessibility. Then as I worked my way through the material that follows, I agreed with Covey's praise. Hall of Fame football coach Vince Lombardi once held up a piece of chalk and said to his players, "I can beat any team with this." Obviously, any strategy, framework, methodology, etc. is only as effective as those who use it. That is why I selected the Edison quotation for the title of my review and that is why Rodger Dean Duncan places so much emphasis on explaining the "how" of change leadership and management at all levels and in all areas.
I commend him on his skillful use of reader-friendly devices throughout the book, notably checklists, sequences of action steps, clusters of bullet points, "Remember the Four Ts" reminders in Chapters 2-9 (more about that in a moment), [Fill in the Blank] Self-Assessment exercises, and "Influence Levers" (e.g. "Change-Friendly Leadership"). Duncan also provides "Bonus Points" material to consult after reading each of the three Sections in the book. Information about additional resources online is provided on Page 274. I also appreciate the selection and strategic placement of dozens of relevant quotations throughout the book.
Regrettably the most important reader-friendly device, an index, is not included. However, one will be added to the second edition. Meanwhile, one is provided online at the DoctorDuncan website.Read more ›
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Dr. Rodger Dean Duncan is an American author and business consultant whose focus is leadership, human performance, and the strategic management of change. Bestselling author Stephen R. Covey called Duncan's work on leadership "brilliantly insightful, inspiring - profound, yet user friendly - visionary, yet highly practical." Duncan's consulting and coaching clients have ranged from cabinet officials in two White House administrations to executives and leaders from some of the world's most prominent companies in a wide range of industries. He received his PhD in organizational dynamics at Purdue University. (see www.DuncanWorldwide.com and www.DoctorDuncan.com)
Of Change-Friendly Leadership, Publishers Weekly wrote: "Duncan's tone is lively and peppered with stories, specific processes, and self-assessments; his lessons in leadership and advice for building a culture and behaviors that are open to change are particularly on point. The extraordinary list of accolades from peers (Stephen M.R. Covey, Dr. Laura Schlessinger, Ken Blanchard, and many others) are well deserved for this invaluable guide to anyone struggling with the demands of change."