ESTABLISHING A COMMITTEE
Is a committee the way to go? Never leap to forming a committee
before asking yourself these questions:
- What is the purpose?
- What does it look like if you accomplish the project
- Can it be accomplished by one or two people?
- Is there an obvious and skilled leader available?
- What is the “climate” in your organization about using
committees to accomplish things?
Write that purpose down.
Create an enthusiastic and clear purpose statement. The committee
needs focus to be successful.
Select the right members
Make a list of every volunteer who is interested in the project described
in the purpose statement. Then list the “go-getters.” Those
people who always get things done. Match people to form the Committee;
experience, skills, follow-through, ability to play “nice” with
others, reliable, problem solvers data people, idea people, and those
who will be the “closers.” Members should be
carefully selected. Create a diverse group without being incompatible. Recruit
people with different perspectives.
When asking people to participate tell them you expect openness to new
ideas and other people’s opinions. Impress on the person
how the purpose is accomplished through a process of give and take in
A well informed leader
The leader of a committee must realize that the success or failure of
that committee rests squarely on his/her shoulders. The primary duty
of the leader is to guide the group’s discussions. He/she should
encourage every member to participate in the meetings and keep the
discussion focused on the matter at hand. Meetings should start and
end as scheduled and the agenda should be followed.
The leader is also responsible for encouraging opportunities for interactions
between the members. Committee members should be provided the opportunity
to get to know each other. Groups tend to work better if the members
are familiar with one another. If members don’t get along well,
the leader must not allow those members to impede the flow of the meeting.
A quick solution is not to allow the conflicting people to sit near each
other or in the direct line of fire.
Committees are an integral part of every successful organization. A committee
with a clear purpose, a well-informed leader and dedicated members is
on its way toward success.
Committees are an integral part of every successful organization.
A committee with a clear purpose, a well-informed leader and dedicated
members is on its way toward success.
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