State Services Commisison

Are New Zealand managers good enough; are we relying too much upon them?

A senior official in the State Services Commission once told me that they thought that they got only about 60 percent of their appointments of their chief executives right. Some closer observers of the state sector thought that the official was optimistic. Let’s stick to the 60 percent, although it would not matter for this column’s purposes if the true figure was 80 percent.