|REFORMER REFORM THYSELF: NOT WORKING BUT NETWORKING
With the "end of history" at the U.N., the classification of the staff within the current Secretariat
seems to be between the majority who are working and a minority not working but networking. It is not
between General Service and Professionals, nor between Professionals of various levels. It is between
a number of "professional networkers" and the rest of the frustrated staff.
The workers promote the U.N., the networkers promote themselves. The workers try to be as discreet
as possible, even when they observe scandalous behavior by few individuals who exploit their transient
influence. The networkers spill the beans to anyone who could help them get anywhere, even to a retreat
in Aspen, Colorado. And while devoted staff uphold faithfully the oath of civil service, networkers
boast about their keen interest in following instructions from influential governments. Instead of
faithfully serving the Secretary-General, they use his name and office to connect, get on the invitation
circuit and pontificate on any question except U.N. pressing issues. Workers perform as members of a
team. Networkers operate like a pack of wolves. Instead of helping occasionally vulnerable colleagues,
they would help themselves to potential spoils; they seem to be constantly searching for shifts in
Workers bring forward positive proposals. Networkers take credit for them. Workers take
responsibility for their staff's work, networkers take credit for it.
Workers give the United Nations a good name. Networkers give networking a bad name.