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Bob Stone  |  Contributor

Email : bobstone17@gmail.com

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).

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What's Fair?

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

February 17, 2010
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Go Ahead, Break a Rule

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

November 4, 2009
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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.

August 19, 2009
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Lies and White Lies

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

June 3, 2009
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How High Is Your ELQ?

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

July 30, 2008
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The ABCs of Leadership

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

March 18, 2009
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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.

September 12, 2007
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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."

April 23, 2008
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Telling Truth to Power

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

January 9, 2008
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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.

June 6, 2007
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