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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

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MAY 2015

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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

my

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:

Loyalty:

Commitment to the United States and the American

people.

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?

Character:

Maintenance of the highest ethical standards and

integrity.

Service:

Excellence in the formulation of policy and program

management with room for creative dissent. Implementation of

policy and management practices, regardless of personal views.

Accountability:

Responsibility for meeting the highest per-

formance standards.

Community:

Dedication to teamwork, professionalism and

the customer’s perspective.

Diversity:

Commitment to having a workforce that repre-

sents the diversity of America.

When someone betrays them, we should not be afraid to say,

“Not in

my

State Department!”

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.

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