7 Questions with Mare Matthew
Name: Mare Matthew
Current title: Board Member
Current organisation: National Aids Council
A young passionate academia with 5 Masters Degrees, 12 Executive certificates, 2 Degrees and a final year PhD student with UNISA. I come from a very humble family and spend most of my childhood life in the rural area. My childhood upbringing has contributed immensely to my hard-line approach. In terms of career prospects I am looking forward to be part of United Nations family
1. What have you found most challenging as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise?
You have to be highly knowledgeable about corporate governance for you to be able to contribute meaningful towards the organization's goal and vision. Being new in the corporate governance means learning a lot and balanced contribution.
2. How did you become a board member of a large enterprise? Can you please briefly tell the story?
The law says those who feel they have the capacity and capabilities to be a board member must apply to the corporate governance unit. The unit then selects it's candidate based on the strength of your CV, and the recruitment process begins
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
I love schooling so much that, I only reserved 2am to 6am for sleeping. I write journals other than reading towards attaining a qualification. Weekends are family time where I spent it at home.
4. What's the most recent significant leadership lesson you've learned?
That acquiring knowledge is a process and a dual thing. You learn from the management and vice versa. There is no monopoly to knowledge
5. What are some of the keys to doing governance well in a large enterprise?
You must have ownership of the organization and ensure that workers have their needs met in time. Study well the goal and the vision of the enterprise
6. How do you differentiate between the role of board member and the roles of CEO or executive team member of a large enterprise?
The role of Board is to make policies and leave the implementation or day to day operations of the entity to the management. Never abrogate the roles of the managers or the CEO
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a board member of a large enterprise so far?
Coming to the Board with preconceived ideas but after orientation you self introspect having noted that, I was wrong