Do Committees Really Work?
“A Camel is a horse put together by a committee”- Anonymous
This expression has been credited to Sir Alec Issigonis, the designer of the Mini car. According to a BBC television news report, he coined the phrase to illustrate his dislike of working in teams.
The intention of the statement clearly is to denigrate the work of committees; in the opinion that they slow progress and hamper organizational growth.
Truth is many times well-intention-ed projects are hampered by committees who sit through endless meetings and unable to implement decisions; hindering much-needed progress in the process.
However, effective committees can be built, if you will do the followings:
1. Define the Purpose. Everything should start with setting a purpose.
2. Find the Right Committee Members. When finding members, consider the committee’s purpose and the organization’s needs.
3. Appoint a Committee Chair With Excellent Leadership Skills.
4. Preset the Meeting Times.
5. Add Value
A Team lead with excellent leadership skills is the only solution to averting failed committees.
“As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. “
Lord, please help me to make the most use of life’s opportunities. Grant me speed to execute all you have put in my care to do. I remove time-wasters from off my path in Jesus’ Name.