Confessions of a Civil Servant: Lessons in Changing America's Government and Military

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 193 pages
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Confessions of a Civil Servant is filled with lessons on leading change in government and the military. Bob Stone based the book on thirty years as a revolutionary in government. It comes at a time when the events of 9-11 are sharpening America's demands for government that works at all levels. The book tackles fourteen overarching themes in government, developed through entertaining stories of Stone's own experiences as a civil servant. Among the topics Stone covers are 'tackling a job when you haven't a clue, ' 'organizing for the mission, ' 'dealing with difficult bosses, ' and 'getting past the barriers to change.' This book is a must-read for anyone in, or considering taking, a leadership position in government, the military, or any large organization, public or privat

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As a government employee, I really identified with this book. There are so many rules and regulations that just don't make sense. What's worse is there is a real tendency to micromanage everything ... Read full review

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Brazen Chariots Brazen Analysts Tackling a Job When You Havent a Clue
A Little Yellow Book Shrinking Regulations
Red Hats Red Scarves Red Tails Organizing for the Mission
Searching for Excellence Turning an Organization Around
Snakes and Snakebusters Dealing with Difficult Bosses
Getting to Reinvention Seizing the Chance of a Lifetime
Hi Ho Hi Ho Its Off to Work We Go Assembling a Team for a Big New Job
Its September 7th Stupid Getting a Big Job Done in a Hurry
To Compliance and Beyond Strengthening the Regulatory Process
Jean Slams the Door Facing up to Unpleasant Duties
Junkyard Dogs Avoiding Inspector Generals
Overcoming Success Getting Past the Barriers to Change
Ten Lessons in Leadership
Ciao Mommy That Means Goodbye
Principles of Excellent Installations

Setting a Thousand Fires and Fanning the Flames Encouraging and Protecting Innovators
The Decline and Fall of a Great Group Moving from Leadership to Management
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Bob Stone is a partner with the Public Strategies Group, a small consulting firm that advises governments around the world that seek to provide effective and efficient services to its citizens. During a 30-year career as a civil servant, Stone started a quality revolution at the Pentagon and later formed and led Al Gore's National Performance Review team at the White House.

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