Committees, Satan, and Congress

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Ever heard the idiom, “too many cooks in the kitchen?” I felt this first-hand last week, as I’ve been assigned to a committee that very few people in the school look favorably upon. 

One of our tasks was to plan out an assembly for the students. If you’ve read some of my other posts,  you know that I have a lot of experience planning and carrying out youth events. I know how to make them fun and engaging for the kids. Well, apparently we also had 5 other people on the committee who felt the same about themselves. This made for a long meeting where we didn’t really get anything done. And, tomorrow, we’ll produce an “okay” product for the students.

I come from a ministry background, and churches that use the phrase “Let’s form a committee!” are not usually successful churches. In fact, I find the terms “Satan” and “decorating committee” almost interchangeable. As teachers, we should know that sticking five people in a room without a defined leader will not yield the results we are looking for. So, why do we continually form “committees” that are typically more a source of stress than productivity?

We should know that sticking five people in a room without a defined leader will not yield the results we are looking for.

Look at congress! When’s the last time a congressional committee did something that benefitted you? Just last week, they were deadlocked because there were too many opposing viewpoints in one room. Don’t get me wrong, I like the structure of our government and the system of checks and balances. However, I think that there are times where we just need to give a leader a task and let them run with it – trusting that they’ll carry it on to completion.

There are times where we just need to give a leader a task and let them run with it.

Have you had any stressful committee experiences? How does your school handle these things?

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