“Nothing good ever came out of a committee.” I heard that phrase recently, and I admit I have to agree with it.
I’ve always believed that ONE person should do all the work and the other 11 can complain about it. Until one of those 11 gets elected and the process can repeat itself.
Why do committees fail? Most operate like a volleyball game. “I thought YOU were going to get the ball?!” If there was only one player the ball would always be hit. Here are some other ways that committees fail us:
1. We chop up the whole, so that no one can see the big picture.
2. We spend so much energy of self-defense to make sure we ourselves don’t look bad.
3. We are distracted by politics, deadlines, and personalities.
If we’d operate under an umbrella of humor, we could change all this.
1. Humor requires us to see and understand the whole—even the bad parts can give us clues to our goal direction.
2. Humor reminds us to not take ourselves so seriously—so our self-protective mode is set to “OFF.”
3. Humor focuses our attention because it snaps us our of our distracted stupor.
How funny can you make YOUR committee?