Tillerson Deputy Attempts To Lower State Department Employee Anxiety…

When we initially read this article yesterday our review began with an earnest and sincere effort to understand the concerns amid the career bureaucrats in the U.S. State Department; and also to understand the overall cultural climate that would need Secretary Tillerson’s Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan to spend an inordinate amount of time trying to calm these officials….

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The No. 2 U.S. diplomat on Tuesday sought to allay concerns among the State Department’s rank-and-file employees over possible layoffs and perceptions of a lack of firm direction under the administration of President Donald Trump. (more)

…After all, this has to be about the eleventyth time either Secretary Tillerson or Deputy Sullivan has addressed these ‘climate assessment’ issues. It was less than a week prior to this latest effort by Sullivan when Tillerson himself was talking to the department.

I mean seriously, how much “talking to‘ could one organization need? These are obviously some seriously needy people. Then again, we’ve long discussed the overall liberal perspectives within the department; so the most entrenched liberalism inside government is definitively inside the Department of State.

These are, as we have always accepted, generational and career liberals.

The State Department is the furthest left of an entire governmental enterprise that is based on upward personnel evaluations the further an individual moves left ideologically.

To encapsulate, the article within Reuters winds through layers of internal employee concerns and ends with the following paragraph:

[…] In response to a question from an employee about State Department efforts for gay and lesbian couples posted abroad, Sullivan told employees he would do everything he can to make sure everyone is treated fairly, a remark that drew strong applause, one of the officials said. (link)


Just close the entire department and start over.

It’s hopeless.

I cannot fathom the level of patience Secretary Rex Tillerson must possess to come from a private sector based on excellence and accountability, and yet work within such a dysfunctional snowflake culture of mediocrity and blame-casting.


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228 Responses to Tillerson Deputy Attempts To Lower State Department Employee Anxiety…

  1. Simple Jack says:

    People I know in the federal government have taken to calling Mondays ‘Resignation Day’ since Donald Trump took office. Probably not true in every agency, but in some they are losing executive service personnel nearly every week, and HR makes it public on Monday.

    Good riddance to all of them. Another promise being kept.

    Liked by 12 people

  2. Bendix says:

    As if the State Department has had a “firm direction” in decades.
    A bunch of insular, connected preppy snots and political hacks.

    Liked by 7 people

  3. Katygirl says:

    Coming from the oil industry, Tillers on understands that only the best of the best should be retained. Having worked in oil and gas for nearly forty years and through multiple layoffs, performance was normally the criteria for who was retained. This was a significant motivation to perform. Unfortunately, government employees of not operate under a performance based system.

    Liked by 3 people

  4. Sam Russo says:

    lots of ivy-league snowflakes here……give them some ‘quiet time….

    Liked by 1 person

  5. tsmifjones says:

    These are all the swamp people, they need to go. Maybe they can start alligator hunting or something.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. drjorey says:

    As a personnel psychologist that has “researched and advised” DoS, they are the Peter Principle on steroids

    Liked by 4 people

  7. decisiontime16 says:

    I had to look up the The Peter Principle.

    The Peter Principle is a theory originated by Dr. Laurence J. Peter. It states that successful members of a hierarchical organization are eventually promoted to their highest level of competence, after which further promotion raises them to a level at which they are not competent.

    Liked by 3 people

    • Founding Fathers Fan says:

      It states that the selection of a candidate for a position is based on the candidate’s performance in their current role, rather than on abilities relevant to the intended role. Thus, employees only stop being promoted once they can no longer perform effectively, and “managers rise to the level of their incompetence.”

      Liked by 2 people

      • Black_Knight_Rides says:

        What’s likely going on is that Expectations are ESCALATING for the Results that each level must deliver.

        That puts virtually EVERY liberal snowflake AT RISK!

        Liked by 2 people

    • joani23 says:

      I love my Treepers! Thanks for that!


  8. joshua says:

    “When in worry,
    Or in doubt,
    Run in Circles,
    Scream and Shout”
    MSM mantra

    Liked by 2 people

  9. pyromancer76 says:

    I am a little late commenting on this excellent thread. With respect Sundance, I wish you would hold liberals to their ideals and marxists to theirs. Liberals do not support fraud-science or soviet-science; marxists do. Liberals will not doctor government statistics for their lies, marxists do. Liberals do not support anti-Constitutional activities, marxists do. Liberals do not lie in the natural course of their duties, marxists do.

    Liberals might support a different focus for science, but whatever the outcome, the scientific method must be followed. Liberals might argue for a different interpretation of the Constitution — we have had differences from the birth of our nation — but they are not anti-Constitutional. Liberals will organize for a change in the laws, but they will not act illegally.

    I think we need to clarify our thinking. First, so those who believe they are liberal, but are following lying, fraudulent, destructive marxist policies to the nth degree, get a wake up call. They are advocating authoritarianism. Second, call marxists marxists or communists or maoists or stalinists — these are their labels due to the policies they advocate. They wish to overthrow the U.S. of A. Second, they need to wake up and see former Pres O for what he was from the day of his birth. There is not a liberal bone in his body or tortured mind.

    Americans must wake up and root out authoritarianism everywhere it rears its ugly head. Since marxist in all its forms is a secular religion of the most radical sort, it will never disappear. It must be corralled, contained, jailed when “it” acts illegally, exported when it comes from abroad, and consciously, purposefully, opposed all our lives.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Black_Knight_Rides says:

      There is no longer a distinction between Liberal and Marxist.

      They’ve turned:
      Whoever fails to aggressively oppose Marxists has become one.
      Marxism unchecked relentlessly imposes Totalitarianism.
      There’s no such thing as “tolerant middle ground”.

      Pretending otherwise is suicidal.

      Liked by 2 people

      • SSI01 says:

        I believe PM76 is referring to liberals in the classic sense. There was a time, for example, when the Democrat party had a number of liberals in it and while their idea of how the govt should function, foreign policy should be conducted, etc, there was never any doubt about their basic love of country. They were the “loyal opposition,” so to speak. Nowadays the liberals (new meaning) have adopted a true viciousness in their worldview, their speech, their philosophy, everything about them, they have traveled light years beyond where they once were. We’re not talking “Hubert Humphrey” liberals here – we’re talking Nancy Pelosi liberals, anti-American liberals with loyalty to party placed well ahead of loyal to country.

        A classic “liberal” is practically an extinct species.

        Liked by 2 people

    • Aguila2011 says:

      Your comments presume that liberals know the difference. I think not.


  10. Founding Fathers Fan says:

    José Ortega y Gasset suggested that: “All public employees should be demoted to their immediately lower level, as they have been promoted until turning incompetent”. Ortega died in 1955, about 14 years before Peter published The Peter Principle.

    Liked by 1 person

    • JoAnn Leichliter says:

      He is a very interesting author. For those who would like to read more, I would start with The Revolt of the Masses and The Modern Theme. He is, however, not exactly an optimist…


      • SSI01 says:

        I would concur in that recommendation, if it were not applied to the working-class troops, but only to management-level employees. In 23 years of service in a LE capacity, I saw every day examples of people who were promoted well beyond their level of competence.


  11. CountryclassVulgarian says:

    Havevthey requested safe spaces, blankies and crayons yet?


  12. jbrickley says:

    Time to hand out the lollipops and security blankets. Change is jarring, these folks haven’t been sleeping well for quite some time. The entirety of the population of State employees cannot possibly be completely bad. There must however, be a metric ton of Millennials as the salary at State is not by any means excessive compared to the private sector. Well except for the elite leaders, they are overly compensated. Plenty of folks will serve at State, CIA, Pentagon for a limited time then move into the private sector. It’s those longterm career swamp dwellers that become a problem. The bureaucrats, diplomats, and pointy-haired bosses…


    • SSI01 says:

      You have to look at the managers, dept heads, all supervisory personnel because they have been in the service the longest time, make all the decisions about who among their cowed subordinates should be promoted into management ranks (thus perpetuating the system) and make certain the truly patriotic employees in DOS are excluded from any positions of influence or direction.


  13. bkrg2 says:

    Agree SD, top leaders are “spending an inordinate amount of time trying to calm these officials”
    I understand that change needs to be explained -you always want the the rank and file to understand the mission & vision.
    However, it’s now up to them to accept the mission. If they don’t want to MAGA and the world safer, show them the door.

    Liked by 2 people

    • FreeLayerOK says:

      Yes bkrg2! Tillerson has given the department employees the choice, if they feel they cannot come aboard the the President’s mission to MAGA and return power from Washington to the people, they are free to leave and go do something else.

      Those snowflakes complaining to journalists hate change, know they should head for the door put won’t, so they whine and complain and cling to their cushy job they’ve had for so long.


      • SSI01 says:

        Holding any management post in the DOS requires a great deal of specialized training, beginning with course selection in college and continuing education within the DOS, plus experience gained over length of service. This is not a person who could step out of their DOS position and fill a junior or mid-level management position in any private industry. Their whole lives have been aimed toward a career in the DOS until retirement and/or natural death. Their skill set does not transfer at all into the private sector. That’s why they’re so anxious for their futures. They’ll find themselves in the unemployment line next to some cigarette-puffing unemployed tradesman or similar person. The let-down would be enormous to their fragile egos – could even lead to suicide.


  14. FreeLayerOK says:

    A “journalist” recently ask Mr. Tillerson about the changes at the department during the “walk around the world” talk. Rex informed the reporter that most of the employees at State are doing very good work and reports, like this one from Reuters, are just interviewing a few folks that cry the loudest. He also told the reporter the State Department is undergoing a complete redesign to be employee run rather than a structured hierarchy and people will be uncomfortable with the changes.

    These reporters find 5 snowflakes out of a group of 50,000 and then make it sound like the entire world is coming to an end. Where are the interviews of the top achievers who are thriving and doing great work at the State Department and loving the new direction and changes?

    Fake news.

    Liked by 1 person

    • SSI01 says:

      Something tells me Tillerson’s description of a new “employee-driven enterprise” places a great deal more responsibility – traceable responsibility – for actions taken, or not taken, on the individual shoulders of each DOS employee, rather than a nameless, faceless bureaucracy. Most of these people are currently part of a throng of employees who are themselves nameless and faceless, perform a task but who have no personal accountability, but who will begin to be forced to take responsibility for their individual actions. Such a thing is a terrifying experience for someone who’s name has never been on a report or briefing that could shape foreign policy direction. That’s why so many of them are stressing. My name went on every case I ever worked. My name went on many, many documents within that case. It identified me to defense attorneys, plus internal investigators within my own agency. My wife, a dental hygienist, took a chance on being frivolously sued by every single patient she ever treated. It’s a risk you assume when you take certain jobs or careers. No wonder these snowflakes are stressing – they’ve never had to do that before..


  15. Deb says:

    The Snowflake Department.

    Liked by 1 person

  16. MickTurn says:

    State Dept Holdovers from Hitlery…YES there is direction…packing your sorry arses into vans and driving you off a cliff! Got it?


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