Ten reasons why governance is like sex

This is one way to get people’s attention on governance….a good diversion before I dive into governance more….


Ten reasons why governance is like sex

At this week’s J Boye conference in Philadelphia, I joined a panel reviewing some of the “hot topics” from the event. As you might expect at a gathering of web and intranet managers, the issue of governance kept recurring.

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

I don’t claim to be an expert on website and IT governance, but after a couple decades of helping people make technology decisions, I’ll boil down my 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
So hopefully at least by now you’re smiling. If you have any particular (but not X-rated!) governance success stories you’d like to share, please chime in via the comments below.


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