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The Ethics Challenge"Please read The Ethics Challenge. Please act on it.  Your professional and family life alike literally depend on it. Bravo!"
-Tom Peters, "uber-guru of management" (Economist)

"When you read The Ethics Challenge, you'll see that ethics is alive and well in america.  Bob and Mick  have written an important book for today's leaders."
-Ken Blanchard,
coauthor of The One Minute Manager

"Clearly articulates what's gone wrong and what we need to do to get back on the right ethics track."
-Robert A. Eckert, Chairman/CEO, Mattel, Inc.

"This book will enrich the lives of its readers and transform everyone around them."
-George Deukmejian,
35th governor of California

"Brings virtue to life with stories and parables that should be read by everyone."
-Philip K. Howard, author of Life Without Lawyers & The Death of Common Sense

"The Ethics Challenge will help leaders strengthen their core ethical behavior and develop personally and professionally."
-Dr. Charles B. Reed, Chancellor, California State University System

Bob Stone is an internationally known author and speaker on ethical leadership, on leading change, and on reinventing government. He teaches ethics and business at the University of Redlands, and serves on the Governing Council of the Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership at California State University, Long Beach.

Bob served for six years at the White House leading Vice President Al Gore’s effort to reinvent government, which made radical improvements in the way the federal government operates while reducing staffing by over 400,000.

Gore recruited Bob from his position as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Installations, where, from 1981 to 1993 he forged partnerships with top military leaders to streamline and invigorate management of 700 military installations world-wide, and to improve quality of life for American servicemen and women. He started the model installation program, which revolutionized operation of military bases by substituting local authority and enthusiasm for bureaucracy and regulation.

He has given speeches on ethics and on leading change for the military, the World Bank, the governments of the UK, Turkey, Oman, and Italy, as well as universities around the world.

His first book, Confessions of a Civil Servant: Lessons in Changing America's Government and Military, is being used as a textbook in graduate schools of public administration around the US. It has been praised by senior aides to Presidents G.H.W.Bush and Clinton, chiefs of the Army, Air Force, and Navy, and by the chairmen of Motorola, Harley Davidson, and TRW.  Tom Peters wrote the Foreword, in which he calls it “maybe the best text ever on large scale organizational change. Anywhere.”

He received B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He resides with his wife, Roxane Stern, in Los Angeles.

Mick Ukleja is the founder and president of Leadershiptraq, a leadership-consulting firm based in Southern California. He hosts Leadershiptraq Televised, an interview show that profiles outstanding leaders. He helped found the Ukleja Center For Ethical Leadership at California State University, Long Beach, the second largest university in the state.
His recent book, Who Are You And What Do You Want? Four Questions That Will Change Your Life, has been praised by legendary coach John Wooden, golf champion Gary Player, and many prominent leaders and CEOs. Ken Blanchard, author of The One Minute Manager, writes in the Foreword, “This book is powerful. If you can answer the questions in a thoughtful way, you’ll come out a better person, because you’ll know who you are, what you’re doing, and what’s going to guide your journey.”

Mick’s most recent work, Managing The Millennials: Discover The Core Competencies Needed For Managing Today’s Work Force, is scheduled to be released February 2010.  He has worked with entrepreneurs and corporate executives of businesses and organizations ranging from Boeing to the Special Olympics. Mick also serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Astronauts Memorial Foundation at the Kennedy Space Center, which oversees the Center for Space Education. He is a principal in Bonita Bay Group, one of the largest developers of master-planned communities in Southwest Florida.

Dr. Ukleja holds a B.A. in philosophy, a master’s degree in Semitic languages, and a Ph.D. in theology.

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