A part of governance is about roles and therefore accountability. Inherently in roles and accountability lies the area of authority, i.e. who can decide what. This deduction reveals that governance also includes decision making. Before exploring decision making more, I would like to share the following story.
The easiest and most obvious answer is 2. There were 3 frogs and 1 decides to jump into the water. But why is this still not correct? The correct answer is 3. There are 3 frogs left. The reason is that there is a difference between deciding to start an action and actually doing it.
This is some of the same reasons that the 5 stages of grief (including the valley of despair) influences people at different management levels at different times. The decision to start a organisational change often starts in upper management. They have had some time to think about this decision. When distributing the decision to middle management, this is also has it own valley of despair before communicating to lower management where the process restarts.
It is a bit difficult to explain in short, but the point is the same: In governance, there is an element of decision making. And in decision making, we have to understand that there is a difference between making the decision and executing the decision.
I will explore more on the causality of the 5 stages of grief in a later article.
Can you find any similar examples of this decision making issue?