“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.
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One of my services is professional meeting facilitation, which I have done for some of the world’s largest corporations. Any group that meets should create real work products, period.
Our government’s committees making decisions that become laws for all of us-that’s scary! Corporate & volunteer committees may be tedious & end without consensus of all. Our representatives are making decisions without our input-we’re not invited to vote on matters that affect ourselves and future generations. Now, I agree that it’s become painful! And, who to elect, what do these representatives really stand for, is beyond news, TV & tweets. Love your insight.
For sure Marji, “beyond news, TV and tweets.” Brilliant!
Linda McCoy says:
I love the corporate committees. This is where everyone sits at a meeting and tries to out-corporate-speak one another: “Lets take a deeper dive!” “We can noodle this around.” “What’s the work-around for that?” ” What’s the process for innovation?” (lol!)
I always enjoyed the verbal jousting, too bad nothing ever got solved. Are they teaching this in universities? I’m scared.
That deeper dive really slays me, too. Probably teaching it at Hah-vaad B-school.
Did you fill in your whole profile and website on the community section?
Linda McCoy says:
I did complete my profile. I’m working on a photo. That may take a century or two. lol
Report of the Fourteenth
Subcommittee on Convening a
(by Marge Piercy)
the title is hysterical. i am going to look for it now.
Oh God yes. I just laughed out loud…& looked for a Marge Piercy poem on a committee or subcommittee. Do you know it? I’ll find & send to you. I was simmering one day, waiting for some dumb committee meeting to commence (I was forced by an evil chief editor, fume, to sit in on it) & a fellow sufferer handed me a photocopy. She thought I’d know it; I had a lot of Piercy’s books but this poem had not “hit” me when younger. And with that, I go off to look for it.
Have a good, committee-less evening, Geri