Ambassadors are responsible for embassies.
You’re an ambassador. Your cubicle is your embassy.
Some ambassadors are HORRIBLE. Some are good.
What does it take to be a good Ambassador? To be a good ambassador, a person needs certain skills. Things like:
- A positive attitude;
- a good work ethic;
- genuine diplomacy; and
- a solid understanding of foreign and domestic policy!
These are self-explanatory, but the stuff about policy warrants some explaining.
Understanding foreign policy in “cubicle” terms means understanding what others in your organization are doing and how it pertains to you.
Understanding domestic policy in “cubicle” terms means having a thorough grasp on your position within the company and how you impact the rest of the organization.
The ambassador’s job includes relaying the policies of her own country, while keeping the leaders of her nation informed of the climate, and events in the host country.
In cubicle terms, that means being able to communicate your role’s significance, while staying abreast of the “climate and events” of coworkers, your boss, the board, customers, clientele, competitors, the market at large, the business, and the industry.
Ambassadors work to create good will in host countries by attending events and facilitating cultural exchanges between countries. In cubicle terms, that means attending company events and facilitating “cultural exchanges” between yourself and relevant stakeholders of your organization. Help others understand you and seek to understand them.
Finally, ambassadors help to keep citizens safe while they are abroad. In cubicle-speak that basically means…umm…well…that you should be careful with push-pins, scissors, loose binders, open drawers and cabinet doors, and by all means put the pointy ends of pens and pencils to the bottom of the pencil-holder.