Rodger Dean Duncan
Rodger Dean Duncan
Brigham Young University
|Occupation||Business consultant, author, professional speaker|
Rodger Dean Duncan (born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) 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 include executives and leaders from some of the world's most prominent companies in a wide range of industries. He is author of the internationally bestselling book Change-friendly Leadership: How to Transform Good Intentions into Great Performance. The book has won numerous awards, including the prestigious Eric Hoffer Award for "the advancement of principles and practices that are vital for a thriving society." In addition to consulting work, Duncan is a regular contributor to Forbes magazine.
After working at F.I. duPont, Glore Forgan & Co., the Wall Street operations of Texas businessman H. Ross Perot, Duncan started his consulting career in 1972. His first client was the Executive Office of the President of the United States. He served as communication counsel to cabinet officers in two White House administrations. He later served in a similar capacity for Republican U.S. Senators Richard Lugar, Orrin Hatch, and Howard Baker.
In 1976, Duncan was named Outstanding Young Man of America by the U.S. Jaycees.
Since the early 1980s, Duncan’s consulting work has focused on leadership development, organizational culture, human performance, and change management issues. His private sector clients have included IBM, American Airlines, Eli Lilly and Company, Consolidated Edison of New York, Hallmark Cards, Sprint, Black & Veatch, eBay, Texas Instruments, and many others. In the public sector, Duncan has served the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Tennessee Valley Authority, Bonneville Power Administration, the Federal Reserve Bank, and the United States Army.
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.
While an undergraduate at Baylor University, Duncan started a career in journalism as a staff writer for The Waco Tribune-Herald. He had never taken a course in journalism, but the editors of the local newspaper gave him a chance. Duncan later served as religion editor of The Salt Lake Tribune.
In early 1968 Duncan joined the reporting staff at The Fort Worth Star-Telegram where he covered business and politics. His coverage of the Texas gubernatorial campaign that year, as well as his reporting on the national presidential campaign, attracted the attention of Jim Lehrer (now of television fame on the PBS NewsHour) who was a young editor at The Dallas Times Herald. Lehrer persuaded Duncan to move to Dallas where he continued to cover politics but also served as an investigative reporter. As a young journalist, Duncan interviewed people from a range of backgrounds, including U.S. president Lyndon Johnson, comedian Jack Benny, Baroness Maria von Trapp, cardiac surgery pioneer Michael DeBakey, historian Arnold Toynbee, pollster George Gallup, artist Norman Rockwell, and anthropologist Margaret Mead.
Duncan’s reporting earned awards from the American Bar Association and the Associated Press. At the age of 24, he was hired as editor of both The Texarkana Gazette and The Texarkana Daily News. One of the reporters he hired to work with him in Texarkana was Stanley R. Tiner, who years later would lead The Sun Herald newspaper in Biloxi-Gulfport, Mississippi, to the Pulitzer Prize.
In addition to his editing and reporting, in his early career Duncan was a freelance writer. His articles appeared in a range of newspapers including The Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times, The National Observer, and The Denver Post. He also wrote for several magazines such as Parade, Family Weekly, Boys' Life, Writers Digest, and The Saturday Evening Post.
While a young journalist, Duncan wrote “Tongue in Cheek,” a column that was syndicated nationally to small and medium-sized newspapers. Today Duncan writes an Internet column titled “The Duncan Report,” which focuses on leadership and performance improvement issues. The column reaches opt-in business subscribers in more than 130 countries.
In 2012 he published Change-friendly Leadership: How to Transform Good Intentions Into Great Performance. The book quickly became an international bestseller and won several awards. Duncan is also a frequent contributor to Fast Company and Forbes magazines.
Duncan is the second of four children of Marion Claude Duncan and Helen Colleen Stone Duncan, and is a descendant of George Rogers Clark, a prominent American military officer during the American Revolutionary War. His older brother is Stephen M. Duncan, who served as Assistant Secretary of Defense under U.S. Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush and is a recognized expert on national security issues.
Duncan lives with his wife Rean Robbins in their family home just outside Kansas City, Missouri. They are parents of three grown daughters and a son, and have 12 grandchildren.
In addition to working with a number of local community groups, Duncan is involved in a range of issues on the national level. He served two terms on the Advisory Council of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations and is a charter member of the Advisory Board of the CAMIE Awards (Character And Morality In Entertainment). In late 2009 he presented a CAMIE Award to the Hallmark Hall of Fame for its television production of "Front of the Class."
- Leadership for Saints: A practical Guide for Christlike Service, Rodger Dean Duncan and Ed J. Pineger, Covenant Communications, Inc., American Fork, Utah, 2002
- F.I. duPont, Glore Forgan & Co, Retrieved from: Time Magazine
- "Duncan Brings Personal Touch to Communications Consultation", THE JOURNAL RECORD, Dolan Media Company MN, 1989. Retrieved from: HighBeam.com
- The Duncan Company Cases
- Baylor University Alumni Directory 2006 Edition, Baylor University, Waco Texas
- Brigham Young University Alumni Directory, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
- Purdue University Alumni Directory, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
- Citations Sought
- Fort Worth Star-Telegram
- Salt Lake Tribune
- Dallas Times Herald
- Modern Maturity
- Family Weekly Magazine, Grit Magazine
- The Duncan Report
- Stephen M. Duncan Bio
- INPO Annual Report, March 30, 2004
- CAMIE Awards Rodger Dean Duncan