THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
ship for the State Department Foreign Service for which I argue.
In the Air Force, when someone crossed the boundary of our
core values, we were encouraged to stand up and say, “Not in
Air Force!” This notion, probably borrowed from the Marine
Corps, gave us all a sense of ownership in the organization.
The State Department’s core values are as follows:
Commitment to the United States and the American
We may complain about facing
a promotion bottleneck, but
what about our locally employed
staff colleagues, who frequently
face pay freezes, currency
devaluation and other setbacks?
Maintenance of the highest ethical standards and
Excellence in the formulation of policy and program
management with room for creative dissent. Implementation of
policy and management practices, regardless of personal views.
Responsibility for meeting the highest per-
Dedication to teamwork, professionalism and
the customer’s perspective.
Commitment to having a workforce that repre-
sents the diversity of America.
When someone betrays them, we should not be afraid to say,
As State continues to develop its culture of leadership, we
should look at the bulge in the python as rippling core muscles
of human capital—an unprecedented peer network poised to
lead by example in honing a profession of diplomacy which
values every member of the organization. I sincerely hope that
these ideas inspire productive discussion.