Tuesday, 22 May 2012

On Governance & Management

Governance cannot work without proper management because the functions performed in governance are a subset of what managers do in business. Upon comparing a governor, as a typical prime government player, to a manager, who is the first chief entrepreneur in a business environment, it is seen that a governor is actually a manager who based, on the overall leadership style, may or may not have advisers. Both governors and managers perform the functions of planning, coordinating or controlling, organizing and leading- though at different levels and qualities.
They administer resources, delegate responsibilities, possess the powers to punish or reward, and should be accountable for budget implementation and state expenditures. They occupy hierarchical positions where several other persons who directly perform the documented and planned tasks report to them on a consistent basis. As such, both governors and managers coordinate the resources entrusted to them, distribute them as planned and monitor the work done with or by the resources that in the end, they may have good accounts of the entire assignments from the planning stages to closing stages, if it is presumed that they both have to report to the public electors and senior managers respectively. Ultimately, no governor or manager can be so called in the absence of manpower, machinery, materials, money and any other useful resource. Governance is serious management business and not some sort of formal entertainment.

But while both are administrators, they are not equal and cannot be the same. The active leadership style and approved laws of each nation determine their differences. For instance, democratic countries provide the pre-requisite qualifications for persons who may aspire for the office of state governor as electoral candidates and these are stated in their national constitutions. Once such persons satisfy the initial conditions provided in the constitution, it is assumed that they are competent and should be voted for even if they lack good managerial qualities. As such, while a manager can be relieved of power within the provisions of applicable contract terms by the same senior managers or stakeholders who conferred such authorities upon him/her, a governor cannot be dismissed by the exact persons who elected him/her into office. Rather, a governor will only relinquish power when his fellow government players approved in the constitution, whether judicial or legislative, see reasons to effect his/her impeachment...

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