Leadership Mentoring and Pruning Time

Human being, animals and trees need pruning to bear good fruit. Winter is the best time for pruning trees. The weather is cold and the dormant condition is right for pruning without killing the fruit tree. I learnt about prunin...
by Duane Covrig
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American Beastly Leadership (3 of 5) #15 in the Series

In the last 14 posts, I nuanced differences between servant (godly) leadership and beastly (satanic) leadership. The last 2 posts extended that contrast to America and Adventists. I used Revelation 10-14 and Ellen White’s...
by Duane Covrig
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American Beastly Leadership (5 of 5)-The Last in Long Series

This post summarizes the main ideas of a long series of 17 posts on Servant vs Beastly Leadership. It has been long because the topic is vital for us understanding the difference between bad and good leadership, and between ...
by Duane Covrig
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Discovering the Extraordinary in the Ordinary, part 2

In Discovering the Extraordinary in the Ordinary, part 1, we examined the importance of the ordinary, mundane experiences that shape the life of the leader as found in Reggie McNeal’s, A Work of Heart: Understanding ho...
by Alexander Voigt
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Church Leadership: In Season or Out

When Presidents come and go, the church needs to be the church. When Parties come and go, the church needs to be the church. When Nations rise or fall, the church needs to be the church. When Good Times lull …
by Duane Covrig

 

 

Following, Leading, and Managing: Roles of Administration

The chair of my department and soon to be Dean of our School of Education, Robson Marinho, reminded me that American higher education has more faculty governance than higher education in most other countries. As an internationa...
by Duane Covrig
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Bethlehem’s Mourning: Herod the “Not-So” Great

Christmas celebrates God’s great love to the world. The gift of Bethlehem’s Morning was a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes. Jesus, Immanuel. God with Us. The King of the Universe stepped down to save his subjects. Jesus wo...
by Duane Covrig
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Education and Redemption are One

Jesus and I are in the same line of work: redemption. At least that is the implication of Ellen White: “Education and redemption are one” (Education, 1903, p. 30). There are several ways people interpret that “oneness...
by Duane Covrig
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They Follow Me

One of the great temptations in life is to think you are the ultimate leader, you are in control of the ultimate outcomes, and to forget there is a God, and you are not Him. The other great temptation is …
by Duane Covrig

 
 

Called and Sprawled into Leadership: Lessons from DeVos Urban Leadership

I experienced the DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative this week. This training experience serves 50 urban faith based youth leaders from across the country with leadership development events and coaching.  It helps them find san...
by Duane Covrig
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The Etiology of Beastly Power

This is post 9 in a 12-part series contrasting servant and beastly leadership. This post reviews two symptoms common in beastly powers–lying and murdering. These symptoms are outward manifestations of a deeper disease pro...
by Duane Covrig
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And All the Multitude was Silent

Our university department trains leaders. We mentor leaders who face difficult and contentious conflict and have to make tough decisions. We have to train them to confront but also to find safe places to duck into. A safe place...
by Duane Covrig
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Through Sorrow to Joy

There is a lot of learning needed to lead successfully and maybe even more to follow whole-heartily. Doing both well involves moving through sorrow to joy. Both leading and following operate in a social space where courage, dee...
by Duane Covrig
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Power, Authority, Morality

The power play unfolded as most do. The clerk questioned the leader’s ethic in using company resources for personal use. The leader, ruffled by the challenge,  appealed to her superior position over the clerk and spoke of he...
by Duane Covrig
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Individuality and Mutuality in Christian Leadership

Within our Adventist educational community, one Ellen White often quoted passage is Education p. 17: Every human being, created in the image of God, is endowed with a power akin to that of the Creator– individuality, powe...
by Duane Covrig
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American Beastly Leadership (1 of 5)– #13 in Series

The last 12 posts contrasted beastly and servant leadership, using scripture illustrations to show a great war wages for our allegiance. One side pulls individuals and nations toward evil and beastly leadership, characterized b...
by Duane Covrig
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Post 12-Review of Servant and Beastly Leadership Series

American and Adventist leadership will be our next focus in this long series contrasting servants and beasts. As a review, the last 11 posts covered: Resisting Beastly Leadership: Flowers in the Darkest Hours contrasted Jesus...
by Duane Covrig
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Jeremiah Ethics 3: Can Adventists Run with Horses?

I run 5k races and once I ran a 10k with my daughters (only because there was no 5k event). I don’t run long races. I can’t handle it. As such, God’s question to Jeremiah hits a sensitive spot: “So, &hel...
by Duane Covrig
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Beastly Powers, Delusions and Ethics

For the last several posts on I have used Kuronen, T. and Huhtinen, A. (2016). Un-willing is un-leading: Leadership as beastly desire. Leadership and the Humanities, 4(2), 92-107  to illustrate how servant leaders like Daniel ...
by Duane Covrig
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How can you shepherd if you are one of the sheep?

The Lord is My Shepherd, sang David. He sang it well. He knew its truth. All sheep know the truth. We know our fragility (at least we should). We can’t see very far. We get tired easily. We suffer raging …
 

 

Daniel: Servants to Beastly Kingdoms

Daniel was sent as a servant-slave to Babylon. Daniel’s nation, Israel, had been destroyed by King Nebuchadnezzar’s forces, but the real ruin started centuries earlier when they rejected God as a leader and asked Samuel...
by Duane Covrig
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Following Well or Eventually

There is one social competency more difficult than leadership. That is the ability to follow well. It takes deep intellectual and emotional preparation and skills to follow well. A friend told me one time that if a person think...
by Duane Covrig
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Moral Gyroscope–Using Haidt’s 6 Moral Foundation Model

In 2014, a doctoral student of ours did a wonderful dissertation describing the dynamics of innovation and how leadership works with tensions to create better outcomes, new products, and new ways of doing things. Dr. Eddy Witze...
by Duane Covrig
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Ethical Leadership: What is it? How to develop it?

I teach LEAD645 – Ethical Leadership at Andrews University.  In LEAD 645, we explore what ethics is and what leadership is and how  both-concepts can be developed together.There is a dual relationship to the concept. Fi...
by Duane Covrig
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Moral Leadership: Seeing and Meeting Needs for Deeper Healing

As a faculty member in the department of leadership, I can say all of us agree  that leadership is an important skill that can be learned. Our responsibilities include helping people become better leaders. However, we don̵...
by Duane Covrig
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Crucified and Risen Leadership

Were you there when they crucified my Lord? Were you there when they crucified my Lord? Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. Trembling is an overwhelming, almost uncontrollable, “natural” respons...
by Duane Covrig
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American Beastly Leadership (2 of 5)-#14 in Series

In post #13 on “servant” or “beastly” leadership, I used Revelation 10-14 to show the emergence of Adventists and America in prophecy and as agents of servant leadership. The strongest match was made for...
by Duane Covrig
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Grace & Truth: What Does God do with Bad Goat Leaders

There are millions of leaders in the world. Not all of them do us good. Last week, one of these leaders was sentenced to up to 175 years for sexually abusing girls. This sentence was based on 7 counts but …
by Duane Covrig

 
 

More Moral Leadership in Our World

Most of us need more exercise. Most of us want more money. We all could use a little more love. But the greatest need and want is for moral leadership. I have been on a twenty year journey of using …
by Duane Covrig

 

 

Jeremiah Ethics 2: No More Ethical Cowards

There is a big difference between wise caution and cowardice. One will help you make better decisions. The other will thwart great innovations. One will lead you to heaven. The other will take you straight to hell. “But t...
by Duane Covrig
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