“If you want to kill any idea in the world, get a committee working on it.”-–Charles F. Kettering, American engineer who invented the electric starter
I’ve never enjoyed serving on committees. Most committee members seem to have a penchant for non-stop jabbering without ever accomplishing anything momentous.
Committees love to plan what they plan to do. If someone is forceful enough to take control and come up with a plan, there’s a good chance at least two other committee members will pooh-pooh it. Either that, or everyone just lets the strong man (or woman) take over, so they don’t have to think or work too much.
Once committee members come to a consensus, good ideas have usually been hopelessly diluted.
Committees (small groups) can be formed to make recommendations to larger groups. The US Senate and House of Representatives are divided into committees. We always hear about the Senate Finance Committee and House Committee on Foreign Affairs, but did you know there are Committees on Intelligence, Aging, and Standards of Official Conduct? Watching a government committee on TV is a painful experience. Not as painful as labor, but painful. I shudder to think that some of these senators and representatives are making recommendations that affect our lives.
If you’re FOF, you know what happened with the Committee to Re-Elect (Richard M. Nixon) President. It was called CREEP…for good reason.