Bob Stone is a GOVERNING contributor. He consults, teaches ethical leadership and leading change, and serves as a member of the governing council and faculty of the Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership at California State University, Long Beach. He had a 30-year career as a civil servant, where he was credited with starting a quality revolution at the Pentagon, and then later (at the White House) led the campaign to reinvent the U.S. government. Stone wrote "Confessions of a Civil Servant: Lessons in Changing America's Government and Military" and "The Ethics Challenge: Strengthening Your Integrity in a Greedy World" (with Mick Ukleja).

Bob Stone
July 20, 2010

Creating an Ethics-Driven Organization

You can’t create an ethical organization overnight, but you can start overnight, and once you start, you’ll find lots of opportunities to teach the code.
May 5, 2010

A Wallet-Sized Code of Ethics

Putting trust and responsibility in the hands of front-line workers means having a strong ethical grounding.

What's Fair?

Sometimes being fair means special treatment, but that comes with risks.

Go Ahead, Break a Rule

There can be unpleasant consequences, but sometimes it's the only way to get something important done.

How Would It Look in the Paper?

There is more than one way to look at appearances vs. reality when it comes to ethical behavior.

Lies and White Lies

How to distinguish between a permissible white lie at work, and a hurtful one.

The ABCs of Leadership

All you have to remember is three things. Really, just three.
November 12, 2008

Readiness to Do Right

When it comes to ethics, we all know what we should do. So why don't we?

How High Is Your ELQ?

It's not enough to be ethical, writes Bob Stone. You have to teach it.

The Ethics of the Magnificent Seven

What I learned from the 1960 flick, writes Bob Stone, is the distinction between law and ethics. Law requires obedience to the enforceable, while ethics requires obedience to the "unenforceable."

Telling Truth to Power

Speaking the truth isn't just a matter of personal integrity; it's crucial for organizational success.

The Impartial Public Servant

Impartial judgment is part of the deal for public servants. There's no room for bias. But, writes Bob Stone, many factors conspire to rob us of our chance at true impartiality.

Ethics for Bosses

Bosses get special privileges. As a result, writes Bob Stone, they need a simple set of ethics for dealing with these perks.