A first step towards the public broadcaster’s dream team

2013-03-31 10:00

Few will better the excellence of City Press’ list of reputable high achievers, your dream board for the SABC or the criteria used to make this selection.

It is a truism that integrity and impressive track records haven’t always done the job.

In fact: “With good evidence, many people believe that (public sector) boards will always stumble from rubber stamping to meddling and back again. They believe the realities of group decision-making forever destine boards to be incompetent groups of competent people.”

Individually, they are usually at the top of their games. But as a group, board members generally have difficulty in coalescing.

It’s not just a people problem, it’s about process and job design, including the hierarchy of roles of the board and of management.

It’s about a clear understanding and acceptance of the distinction between means and ends, outcomes and process, visionary thinking and operational acumen, rubber stamping and meddling.

The job of your dream board is to articulate SABC’s purpose, vision and policies, then empower management to translate these into implementation and delivery.

Individually, board members only interact with management on specific instructions based on board resolutions to avoid a scattered, fragmented approach.

Can these high achievers submit to the will of the group in the interests of the SABC?

The SABC’s dream board will be one headed by a leader strong and confident enough not to be bullied by powerful personalities.

Joel Netshitenzhe is astute enough to articulate the broadcaster’s strategic direction and turnaround plans.

Your dream team is an excellent first step.

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