What We’re Learning

October 02, 2019

How to Review Executive Director/CEO Performance

Governance expert John Carver was famous for saying “organizational performance is synonymous with chief executive performance.” In other words, if an organization is performing well, the CEO must be good. And, if an organization is performing poorly, it is the CEO’s fault.

This may be true in for-profits, where the buck stops with the CEO, but in the social sector, this correlation isn’t quite as clear. Social sector organizations exist in increasingly complicated environments, face tectonic shifts in technology and have to maintain a tough balancing act between expectations and reality.