I want to bring to life with an example the rigorous way in which many Chinese government officials are evaluated.  It makes a typical corporate system of KPIs look warm and fuzzy by comparison.

The table below lays out the criteria used to assess the performance of government leaders in Foshan. It was published as part of research by the Fung Global Institute into the drivers of the city’s success.

The 33 metrics range from expected GDP growth to quality of public services to cost effectiveness.  Environmental protection gets a higher weighting than GDP growth.

Anyone capable of delivering against the full range of these metrics is certainly talented and probably deserves to be promoted.

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