Insider Quote: Conflict-Averse Managerial Culture

“The current EER system reflects and exacerbates the conflict-averse managerial culture of the Foreign Service. By not forcing senior officers to rank subordinates, it essentially randomizes who gets promoted each year. Without a strong link between performance and promotions, the Foreign Service has learned to use other ways to identify top performers, such as an officer’s assignment history and “corridor reputation.” But those are neither as efficient nor as fair as an evaluation system that actually does its job.”

Jonathan Fritz
Economic Officer in Beijing; entered the Foreign Service in1993
Excerpted from EERs: The Forgotten Front in the War for Talent
Foreign Service Journal │June 2009