Duncan McDougall is the founder and Executive Director of the Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF) which he has run for 18 years. Duncan has worked as a management consultant, freelance writer, teacher, and public radio commentator. Duncan graduated from the Tuck School of Business in 1987 where he was awarded the Arnold F. Adams prize for Entrepreneurship. He then joined Mercer Management Consulting, a Boston-based international management consulting firm, where he was a partner specializing in marketing strategy. He enjoys linguistics, speaks French and Spanish, and has taught courses in Peru, in U.S. penitentiaries, and to Vietnamese refugees in Boston. Ten years ago he started another non-profit, Waterbury LEAP (Local Energy Action Partnership) that promotes renewable energy, energy efficiency, and emissions reduction in central Vermont. He is active in political campaigns, and is currently serving as Treasurer for Sue Minter, candidate for Vermont Governor. Duncan lives in Waterbury Center, VT, with his wife and son.
On my first day at Tuck I walked into the front hall and the receptionist, Karen, said "Hi Duncan, what can I do for you?" We had never met. I quickly realized two things: 1) She had made the effort to memorize the faces and names of all the incoming students from our applications; and 2) Tuck was a special place.
My favorite professor was Brian Quinn. Among other classes I had him for Business Policy and he taught me to take the broad view of how an organization operates and where it fits in a competitive environment. I also find myself using Management Communication tools all the time.
To blow off steam I used to love playing pick-up pond hockey at Occom Pond.
Enjoy a quiet tea and read a good book in Sanborn House.
Over the past 18 years the Children's Literacy Foundation has been striving to reach, support, and inspire low income and at-risk young readers and writers throughout New Hampshire and Vermont. We work with children in homeless shelters, low-income housing, and remote rural communities, as well as refugee children, foster kids, children of prison inmates, and others. I spend several weeks each year in prisons working with inmates and their children and helping them have books and stories be a larger part of their lives. I wish we would spend much more money addressing the root causes of drug addiction and mental illness and much less time throwing people in prison and destroying families.
I believe good leadership involves hiring great people, deciding on shared goals, regularly seeking ideas and input from all directions, and always asking your employees 'What can I do to help you remove any barriers for you to achieve your goals.'
I enjoy soccer, hockey, cross country skiing, and going on adventures with my wife and son. I also like to be involved with local environmental and political initiatives.
"Moon Dance" by Van Morrison.
Really care about what you're doing. It will get you out of bed in the morning, and you're more likely to do it well.
I was once chased by pirates in the South China Sea. Seriously.