Girl, You're Going Rogue!
Talyn Rahman-Figueroa, CEO of Grassroot Diplomat, shares a story on when a civil servant called her actions and motives as "rogue". See what she means in her latest Founder's Blog.
One of the best comments I ever got when telling people why I never became a diplomat was the statement: “Girl, you’re going rogue!”
There are a very high number of people in the corporate world who dream of becoming an Ambassador. In movie-like fashion, they lust after the power of leading negotiations and be given a grand title that is otherwise absent in the world of business. Civil servants, in the same breath, push themselves to accelerate their careers and accept challenges that could put them on the fast track to foreign mission promotions.
“Why wouldn’t you want that”, they would tell me. “You’ve worked so hard just to go at it alone.” I talk about my reasons in this original podcast.
I don’t see myself as going ‘rogue’ or else I would have called myself the “Rogue Diplomat” – that , to me, doesn’t exude a feeling of hope or integrity. At the end of the day, I had to trust my instincts and dive into the big fear of the unknown as I shed any last dreams of joining the Foreign Service and start a consultancy on nothing but hopes and prayers.
I was far from rogue.
Going rogue means ‘doing it alone’, going underground and behaving in an erratic or dangerous fashion that rocks the status quo. I don’t ever intend to double cross anyone, cut a deal with the ‘enemy’, sell information against the national interest, or challenge international law. My one and only goal for starting Grassroot Diplomat is to ensure that we help generations of diplomats to better serve their people so that they are effective, efficient, and representative of the rights and needs of all on a global and diverse platform.
Going rogue isn’t an option for me. I need the cooperation of civil servants, governments and other stakeholders to get the job done. I need supporters to keep me on my toes and ensure that I deliver what I promise when resources have been secured. I need a stellar team who will go above and beyond to ensure that our mission is successful and our reach is wide. I need people like you to keep me going and join the organisation so that you are fully aware of all of your options too.
My answer should have been: “Bro, I’m not rogue. I’m a Grassroot Diplomat” – but I’m only now starting to develop a sense of wit and humour.