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Career Conversations episode 109

Darrell Duncan: Leading with Love

Christine Simone, host of Career Conversations, interviews Darrell Duncan, vice president of finance at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. Duncan shares insights from his 25+ year career in higher ed finance, including the importance of loving people, being visible, and embracing change.

Key Takeaways:

  • Lead with love – Duncan believes you must love people to truly lead them. Exhibit care and develop trust.
  • Be visible – Connect with your team regularly. See how they’re doing and what’s on their mind.
  • Pivot quickly – When changes happen, pivot swiftly to the new goals. Support leadership’s vision.
  • Learn, unlearn, relearn – Stay open to new perspectives. Be willing to admit when you’re wrong.
  • Focus on the mission – Put the organization’s success first and the rest will follow.
  • Enjoy the journey – Appreciate relationships and the process. Find work that motivates you.
  • Persevere – When challenges arise, get back up. Let obstacles motivate rather than discourage.

Duncan explains that with openness, care, and positivity, you can accomplish great things in your career. Tune in to hear more!


Insights and advice for business professionals new to higher education.

On Career Conversations, NACUBO’s Christine Simone sits down with higher education professionals to discuss their personal experiences, including successes and challenges of all kinds. They’ll offer career advice and insights as well as nuggets of wisdom for business professionals new to higher education.

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