is an internationally known author and speaker on ethical leadership
and on leading change. His new book, just out, is The Ethics Challenge: Strengthening Your Integrity in a Greedy World, with Mick Ukleja.
Bob’s seminar, The
Ethics Challenge: Essential Skills for Leading and Living, is unlike any
mandatory ethics training: no talk about bribery, fraud, or conflict of
interest. He covers what it means to behave ethically, and how that differs
from merely behaving legally or in compliance with the rules. Bob starts with
the basics: keep your word and follow the Golden Rule. He finishes with three
essential skills for living and leading. These skills are easy to describe, not
so easy to live, but living them will sharpen your ethical sensitivity and make
it easier to keep strong and to follow your good intentions.
Bob teaches business ethics at
the University of Redlands. and serves on the Governing Council of the Ukleja
Center for Ethical Leadership at California State University, Long Beach.
He served for twelve years as
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Installations, where he radically
decentralized authority, cut regulations, started a quality revolution, and
occasionally got into hot water. He then spent six years at the White
House leading the effort to reinvent government.
Tom Peters called Bob's first book, Confessions of a Civil Servant: Lessons in Changing America's Government and Military, "maybe the best text ever on large scale organizational change. Anywhere."
book has been used as a textbook at Harvard’s Kennedy School, USC, Texas's LBJ
School, SUNY-Albany, Washington State, and Montana.
Bob has taught graduate students, undergrads, and
government executives all over the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East. The
audiences love his seminars and workshops because he gives an entertaining
picture of how large organizations really work, and how they can be made to work
better and more ethically. His message is as applicable to business as it is to