Ten reasons why governance is like sex

  • 7-Sep-2017

In RSG advisory calls with enterprise subscribers, the issue of governance keeps recurring.  Some organizations do it well; others not so much.  It's the ghost at many digital banquets. 

We could debate what governance means — I define it as legitimized structures and processes for making effective decisions — but everyone agrees governance is critical to long-term success.

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I don't claim to be an expert on digital governance, but after a couple decades of helping people make technology decisions, I'll boil down many thoughts on the topic to one simile:

Governance is like sex.

  • People tend to talk about it more than they do it, and...
  • ...Most people don't do it as much as they'd like
  • At least one key player needs to really want it or it will never get started
  • There are many different ways to do it satisfactorily
  • It's more art than science
  • It's more successful in environments characterized by mutual trust
  • Other people can give you a lot of good advice, but only you can make it happen
  • You may not get it right at first, but that shouldn't stop you from trying
  • A shared sense of fairness encourages repeatability
  • In the end, bad governance is better than no governance at all

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