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How to teach excellence in public service

All of us are professors to some extent, of course. Executives, managers, and colleagues all have an obligation to teach. We also have an obligation to faithfully execute the laws, even the ones we detest. We don't have a choice. President George W. Bush issued more signing statements than any president in history, refusing to execute pieces of the laws he was signing. But public servants don't have that choice. They must either execute the laws, change them, or leave. Every course on public service should start with a quick review of the constitution. It is often ignored as the governing framework for making a difference.

By Paul Light | September 8, 2010; 08:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

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