What Leaders Are Saying About The Performance Imperative

“We are excited and inspired by the Performance Imperative. It’s exactly the tool our sector needs–funders and nonprofits alike. We are actively integrating the Performance Imperative framework into a dynamic tool that we can use with both current and prospective partners as a way to establish a shared understanding about where they are, where they want to go, and how we can best help them get there.”
Jennifer Hoos Rothberg
Executive Director, Einhorn Family Charitable Trust
“I’ve been using ‘The Performance Imperative’ to help clients discover new ways to ignite their people’s passion and loyalty, which will produce measurable increases in performance.”
Sally Munn
Business Performance Advisor, Insperity
“I found myself continually nodding my head as I read ‘The Performance Imperative’! It clearly organizes how a great nonprofit organization should think, be organized, and evaluated.”
David Gilbert
President & CEO, Destination Cleveland and Greater Cleveland Sports Commission; President and CEO of the Cleveland 2016 Republican National Convention Host Committee
“‘The Performance Imperative’ was highlighted at the Hospice of the Western Reserve board of directors retreat because it is a powerful infographic that distills the critical elements of best practice not-for-profit leadership and governance. ‘The Performance Imperative’ is a roadmap for engagement, leadership, and success.”
William E. Finn
President and Chief Executive Officer, Hospice of the Western Reserve
“In our community we are seeing nonprofits adopt the lessons and it is making a difference. When I met with a board chair to discuss presenting Pillar 1, he asked, ‘Isn’t this calling our board out for not doing their job?’ My reply was, ‘Of course it is.'”
Bryan Williams
Executive Director, Community Foundation of South Lake
“‘The Performance Imperative’ is the operating system for high-functioning organizations. We are excited to have a framework of excellence to share with Vermont’s forward thinking leaders.”
Lauren-Glenn Davitian
Director, Common Good Vermont
“In the last session of my MBA course on ‘Managing Social Enterprises,’ I used the Performance Imperative’s definition of high performance in one of my wrap-up slides. A number of students used this definition in the final exam, in response to a question about performance. So, it is already making its way into the DNA of future leaders. And for current leaders, I’ve added the Performance Imperative to the reading list for an executive program on Performance Measurement for Nonprofit Organizations.”
Alnoor Ebrahim
Associate Professor, Social Enterprise Initiative, Harvard Business School
“It’s wonderful to see the way the Performance Imperative is taking off. If I do get back into the classroom, you can be sure it will be an integral part of the course structure, just as it’s now a core piece of the way I think about my volunteer activities in Cambridge!”
Nan Stone
Senior Advisor, The Bridgespan Group, Inc.
“I presented ‘The Performance Imperative’ to a group of engaged corporate philanthropists as well as sharing it with my clients and other social sector leaders in the Chicago-area. The response is tremendously positive–as if it’s the framework so many have been waiting for. I am now integrating it as a core component of my consulting and look forward to developing tools for practitioners to make the journey to high performance a reality!”
Debra Natenshon
Principal, DBN & Associates
“I have sent the Performance Imperative out to all of my nonprofit clients and many have already begun using it as a jumping off point to discussions with their board and/or staff about how their organization rates along the pillars of the Performance Imperative. They are excited to finally have a tool that defines a high-performing nonprofit.”
Nell Edgington
President, Social Velocity
“I don’t care if you lead a nonprofit, a business, a church, or any other type of organization or team–this [‘The Performance Imperative’] is PHENOMENAL and will really help you frame questions that fit your context and help you move toward high performance and better leadership. It’s only 16 pages, but it will be of tremendous benefit to you and the teams you lead.”
William Attaway
Lead Pastor, Southview Community Church
“When I shared the Performance Imperative poster with my leadership team, one member immediately looked at it and said, ‘That’s us!’ We’re in the midst of a very comprehensive planning process and are having an intentional discussion about how to formally work it into our new theory of change.”
Alice Shobe
Executive Director, Building Changes
“‘The Performance Imperative,’ coupled with Results-Based Accountability(TM) concepts, provides a clear and actionable set of steps needed for nonprofit impact.”
Adam Luecking
CEO, Results Leadership Group
“I read ‘The Performance Imperative’ and it could not articulate my aspirations any more clearly. It is actually a bit frightening…as if you dug into my 3am brain when I am up trying to figure out how to get from here to there. It is exactly where I want to get JFS. This is tremendously relevant to our work.”
Will Berkovitz
CEO, Jewish Family Service of Seattle
“For several years, I have been teaching Leap of Reason and the “Leap of Reason Board Package” in Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy, a Masters-level designation for professional advisors and nonprofit gift planners. The materials have been hugely helpful to this audience. ‘The Performance Imperative’ makes a great addition to the curriculum.”
Phil Cubeta, CLU, ChFC, MSFS, CAP
The Wallace Chair in Philanthropy, The American College of Financial Services
“I used the introduction video for ‘The Performance Imperative’ in a strategic planning session I facilitated for a large social services agency in Northeast Ohio. The video set an inspiring tone for the day, and the descriptions of the pillars of high performance will be a helpful tool as we continue to build out a plan that moves the organization toward even higher levels of performance.”
Nancy Osgood
President, The Osgood Group
“I’m using ‘The Performance Imperative’ in trainings with hundreds of staff and managers at international social service agencies and leaders of job centers, social investment funds, and major nonprofit direct service organizations.”
David Hunter
Managing Partner, Hunter Consulting, LLC
“As we prepare to partner with our network in new ways to serve more students in need, the principles of ‘The Performance Imperative’ are integral to our strategy.”
Dan Cardinali
CEO, Communities In Schools
“‘The Performance Imperative’ will help us guide organizations we fund in asking themselves questions that will lead to better performance.”
Anne Goodman
CEO, St. Luke’s Foundation
“I’m using ‘The Performance Imperative’ with my senior team — ultimately it’s going to help us be more accountable to who we want to be.”
Brad Dudding
COO, Center for Employment Opportunities
“‘The Performance Imperative’ will be required reading for my evaluation course at Washington University as well as shared with our grantees, volunteers, partners, and other United Ways throughout the country.”
Julie Russell
SVP, Planning and Evaluation, United Way of Greater St. Louis
“I’m presenting ‘The Performance Imperative’ to the Governor’s transition team to set a higher standard for how nonprofits partner with government.”
Molly Baldwin
CEO, Roca
“We’re using ‘The Performance Imperative’ as an internal check list to see where we’re nailing it and where we may be falling short.”
Bridget Laird
CEO, Wings for Kids

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