Why Super Committees ALWAYS Fail…

“With insects most of us know that bees are called swarms, and ants are called colonies. Among ocean life, I was aware that whales are pods, and fish are schools. Cattle are herd, birds are flocks, and if you watch Lion King, you know a tribe of lions is a pride. If you grew up in the country, you might know that crows are murders. Maybe the most unnerving one is an ambush of tigers.” Brace yourself…….

“I was surprised to learn that a group of buzzards waiting around together to feast on leftover carnage is called a committee. Just this one insight is worth the price of the whole book. This explains so much of what’s going on in churches – a lot of committees waiting around to live off human carnage.”  Erwin Raphael McManus

I would daresay that this doesn’t just apply to church committees but now, in the ever so evident present, it applies to government and stretches into the private sector.  Undoubtedly, you’ve been part of one.  In case you’re wondering, take a look at these questions to help you decide:

  • Have you ever sat in a room with colleagues who you may or may not agree with to discuss a topic, only to arrive at no solution?
  • Have you ever been assigned to work on a particular issue with a group of people and found yourself beating your head against a wall to at least make some type of an impact?
  • After a three hour meeting, have you ever walked out and found yourself having had an out of body experience where you temporarily went to your happy place to deal with the lack of progress?

If you answered “yes” to any of these, you’ve been a part of committee.  So why do they not work?  There are too many reasons to discuss.  It can be wrapped up in two words: pride and ego.

If you’d like to learn some ways to avoid the carnage associated with a committee, check out these posts:

The New KISS: Keep in Simple Strategy

Calling in a Threat During a Meeting

Getting the Pit Crew Involved

Why Most Corporate Meetings are Like NASCAR-Part II

Most Corporate Meetings are Like Nascar

Trent Cotton has spent a number of years in management and business consulting. After spending some time in the field, he joined the HR department, beginning in recruiting and eventually serving as the Department Head of HR for one of the major lines of business. With such a varied background, he works to bring all of these together to help organizations incorporate best practices into their business to help them succeed. In his free time, he also writes a lot on his other blog, Christian Men, Christian Warrior.

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