Governance is different from Management

The word "manager" normally refers to a person who provides technical and administrative direction and control to those performing tasks or activities within the manager’s area of responsibility.

The traditional functions of a manager include planning, organising, directing, and controlling work within an area of responsibility. If a manager does this, he/she is likely to be providing “good management”.

In many instances there isn’t sufficient time and resources for the manager to focus on anything other than the operational activities he/she is responsible for. Frequently the manager is “fighting fires” – managing an endless number of operational problems.

GOOD GOVERNANCE IS ABOUT FOCUSING ON THOSE ACTIVITIES THAT HAVE AN IMPACT ON ACHIEVING THE ORGANISATION’S STRATEGIC GOALS. IT IS ABOUT HOLDING PEOPLE ACCOUNTABLE FOR ACHIEVING THE STRATEGIC GOALS - this is about directing and controlling key activities to ensure the performance expected by the Business is delivered.

People accountable for good governance are responsible for making the changes necessary to deliver the performance expected by the Business.