Mindful Mondays: How to Silence Your Itty Bitty Committee

Next Level Blog

I like to call it the itty bitty shitty committee. That itty bitty committee is what cranks up when you’re triggered by something that annoys you, makes you angry or hurts your feelings. As you get more and more focused on what the committee is ranting about, you become less and less focused on the things you’ve done or could do that actually make a difference. You might actually say, “There’s my itty bitty shitty committee again.”

John Maxwell’s Hatchet Committee

Leadership Freak

Frazzled ineffective leaders can’t say “no.” ” Leaders who can’t commit to priorities end up over-committed to trivialities. Over-committed leaders fall short of their potential. Bag it before you snag it: The power of “no”… Continue reading → Author Book Notes Decisions Interview john maxwell

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Appointing the Committee


Get the people on the committee who can do the job. Home address is a key criterion for serving on the committee? Oh, it's one of those committees. "Do we have any volunteers?" What is this? A suicide mission? Why are you asking for volunteers?

Jobs and US economic recovery: A panel discussion sponsored by the Committee for Economic Development (CED)

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Once again, McKinsey & Company’s Quarterly has made available an exceptionally valuable program to the general public: Experts discuss McKinsey’s research on “jobless recoveries” and ways to solve the longer-term US employment crisis (August 2011). I urge you to click here so that you can check out the wealth of resources, sign up for email [.].

Committee Considerations


I was recently asked to serve on a committee for a community organization; an invitation that usually plunges me into full "escape and evade" mode. He''s chairing the committee. The committee will be small. I know that no one on that committee will permit it to fail.

Robert Steven Kaplan: An interview by Bob Morris

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Robert Steven Kaplan is the Martin Marshall Professor of Management Practice and Senior Associate Dean at Harvard Business School. He is also and co-chairman of Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, a global venture philanthropy firm. Prior to joining Harvard Business School in September 2005, Rob served as Vice Chairman of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. with […].

Grow Your Position In Three Small Steps.

Rich Gee Group

Examples - Join a committee, start an organization, hold a learning lunch, advertise to your team and visit a conference, start a blood drive, etc. Sometimes we feel trapped at work. Doing the same thing day after day.

Leadership & the Super Committee

N2Growth Blog

It’s been a while since I’ve weighed-in on the political front, and with the recent failure of the Budget Super Committee, I thought it would be an interesting time to examine the difference between statesman and politician. By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth.

What is the committee in your head saying, and why?


Committee in your head! These voices, in essence, form a committee or board. Like any healthy organizational board, you should consider a term limit and invite new members to the committee. What are they saying?

Gina Trapani on That Old “Design by Committee” Chestnut

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Gina Trapani is the lady who has made it to the top 10 richest bloggers of the world and is the owner of Life hacker. The site has always been an inspiration for many people because the main focus is given to how actually one can improve personality. Gina is an active social blogger and […]. Bob''s blog entries a U.S.

Corporate Writing Doesn’t Have to Sound Like It’s Written by Committee

Harvard Business Review

Today, it’s your job to draft an important document. It might be some copy for your Web site, a white paper for clients, or an internal policy document. Whatever it is, it’s important enough that you’re going to spend weeks on it. Here’s the problem: documents like this go through review processes. And at most companies, those review processes turn your carefully written, well-designed document into an incoherent mess.

How to Create a Priorities Map

Modern Servant Leader

Priorities Map for an Executive Committee. What would the executive committee priorities of service look like for your company? Resources CEO Conflict Executive Committee HR Priority Map Resolution Servant Leadership

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C-Level Strategies

The Super Committee's Two Failures

Harvard Business Review

The so-called "super committee" — the special team of twelve U.S. So if the supercommitee's goal was so compelling, why did the committee fail? That fact was in plain sight with the super committee. The incentives in politics are perversely skewed — perhaps super committee members feared supporters would drive them out of office if they dared compromise. Perhaps real collaboration was an intractable problem in the super committee in Washington.

Nancy Duarte: An interview by Bob Morris

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Cummings Joseph Campbell Mark Duarte Nancy Duarte PopTech President Abraham Lincoln’s address at the cemetery in Gettysburg (Pennsylvania) Resonate: Present Visual Stories That Transform Audiences Roberto Verganti Roger Martin Slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations STAR moment (“Something They’ll Always Remember”) Steve Jobs TED TED Fellows committee The Design of Business Tim Brown Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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Voice of Experience: Deborah Kaye (Bank of New York Mellon)

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Anderson SIFMA the Financial Women’s Association The Professional Services Liaison Committee Voice of Experience: Deborah Kaye (Bank of New York Mellon Here is an excerpt from a profile of Deborah Kaye (Managing Director and Senior Managing Counsel, Bank of New York Mellon) written by Melissa J. Anderson (New York City) for The Glass Hammer, an online community designed for women executives in financial services, law and business. Visit us daily to discover issues that matter, share [.].

Dealing with the Buying Committee

David A Fields

A question I was asked: I’ve been working with a decision maker, who knows my background and likes me, on a potential project, but now I found out he is part of a committee.

The Ineffectiveness of A Team Without a Leader

Ron Edmondson

When I arrived at our current church we had a committee structure in place. Committees were well-defined in their tasks. We needed more of a team concept than a committee structure. I’ve seen many leaders make a common mistake.

Expect the Unexpected (or You Won’t Find It): A book review by Bob Morris

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Bob's blog entries A Kick in the Seat of the Pants A Whack on the Side of the Head Apple Aristotle Berrett-Koehler Publishers Citigroup Coca-Cola Creative Think Creative Whack Pack card deck Disney Expect the Unexpected (or You Won't Find It): A Creativity Tool Based on the Ancient Wisdom of Heraclitus GE Heraclitus: "the world's first creative teacher" Intel Microsoft MTV NASA Plato Roger Von Oech United States Olympic Committee

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Make Your Competition Work for You

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Bob's blog entries a creative collaboration with one's biggest competitor may be the best opportunity for revenue and survival coopetition Arizona Angels Selection Committee Callaman Ventures Board Member Cost sharing and economies of scale Entrepreneur in Residence at ASU and Thunderbird School of Global Management Facebook Harvard Business Review blog series HBR email alerts integrate for new or critical mass LinkedIn Make Your Competition Work for You Martin Zwilling Startup Professionals Inc.

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Herminia Ibarra: An interview by Bob Morris

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Herminia Ibarra is the Cora Chaired Professor of Leadership and Learning and Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD. Prior to joining INSEAD she served on the Harvard Business School faculty for thirteen years. She is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Councils, a judge for the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award, and […].

Please Don't Make me Wear a Funny Hat at Work in the Name of Having "Fun"!

Great Leadership By Dan

fun at work fun committees workplace fun I’m all for creating and maintaining a work environment where people can feel like winners, have a high degree of autonomy, and enjoy the people they work with. Coming to work should not feel like going to the dentist to get a root canal. Work should be challenging, engaging, energizing, and maybe even enjoyable (at least more often than not). But should work be “fun”? I depends.

Non-Profit Committee Chairs ? Be An Effective Project Manager.

Michael VanBruaene

Meeting Before a Meeting


I was staring at my calendar, pondering my attendance at a board meeting for a community group, when an email arrived announcing that there will be a committee meeting before the board meeting.

The Accidental Lie In My Forecast

The Idolbuster

I got a surprising amount of pushback from the executive review committee, but I confidently defended the numbers, citing “changing market conditions.” <<Previous Next>> Busting Your Corporate Idol Chapter 9: Paint Your Environment Featured chapter 9 executive committee forecast forecasting leadership revenue forecast telephone meetingsChapter 9: Paint Your Environment Part 6. I used to agonize over my revenue forecasts.

The Evolution of the Executive, C-Suite, and Boardroom

N2Growth Blog

So, how did it all look back in the ‘good ol’ days’ and how and why did it change, well; Back in the late 80’s and 90’s top leadership roles recruited for, in the boardroom and on the executive committee, would often be trigged via an ‘old boys clubs’ hire.

A Whack on the Side of the Head: A book review by Bob Morris

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A Whack on the Side of the Head: How You Can Be More Creative? Roger von Oech Business Plus, 25th Anniversary Edition (2008) Note: When preparing for some interviews, I re-read several books on the creative process and remain convinced that all are still among the best. This one is indeed a business classic. This [.].

Committee of 200 Still Talking After All These Years

Bird's Eye View

The Committee of 200 is regarded by some as the pre-eminent organization of women business leaders. It celebrated its thirty year history last week in Chicago, and it was quite a homecoming for some as well as a launch for future activities in a changed world since the group was founded.

The Virtue of Small Groups


Larger committees are sometimes unavoidable but even in those circumstances see if an ad hoc committee is possible. Amazon reportedly has a two pizza rule: Don't have any committee that cannot be fed with two pizzas.

9 Ways We Sabotage Ourselves

Leading Blog

Sabotage by Committee possible, refer all matters to committees, for “further study and consideration.” Attempt to make the committees as large as possible—never less than five. F ROM PEOPLE whose job it is to sabotage the efforts of others, we can take a lesson or two.

Parkinson's Law of Triviality

Great Leadership By Dan

This post was first published in SmartBlog on Leadership on 11/29/2012: Have you ever noticed that committees or management teams tend to spend way too much time in meetings endlessly debating the most unimportant or mundane topics, while at the same time, not enough time on the most important or strategic issues? As a result the item receives very little discussion, and the committee ‘trusts’ the experts.

What Disengaged Employees Would Say to the Boss (If They Could Be Honest)

Michael Lee Stallard

Create a culture committee that submits ideas to you about how to improve your department’s workplace culture. Here’s an example of the ABC News culture committee ). Like ABC News, consider letting volunteers be part of your culture committee.

Four Ways to Break Career Stagnation

Career Advancement

Volunteer for committees and events. Participating in a committee or helping to host a conference or charity event translates to an abundance of networking opportunities. “I believe ambition is not a dirty work, it’s believing in yourself and your abilities.

25 Questions for a Prospective New Pastor to Ask a Church

Ron Edmondson

How did you select your pastor search committee? How many committees do you have? I have been asked frequently for questions a prospective pastor can ask a church.

When should CEOs exercise the veto?


Vetoing may cost you some leadership capital in the short term (if people on the hiring committee really like the candidate), but it’s far more costly over the long haul to hire poor cultural fits for key positions.

Workplace Curses


May their days be filled with committee meetings." "Let "May my enemies have lots of priorities." "Let Let impatience govern their camp." Burden them with unreliable but demanding allies." "May May they believe in multitasking." "May Let them worship style over substance." "May

The attack of the Yabuts!

Strategy Driven

Although several of his colleagues looked at him with faces of interest, the Committee Leader quickly replied, “Yabut, we really don’t have time to be playing around with our management process at this point, even if we all do feel a little pressure” And that was that.

Sam Ford: An interview by Bob Morris

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Sam Ford is Director of Audience Engagement for Peppercomm. His 2013 New York University Press book, Spreadable Media: Creating Value and Meaning in a Networked Culture, was co-authored by Henry Jenkins and Joshua Green. The book was named one of the best business books of 2013 by Booz & Co.’s s Strategy+Business and was voted one […]. Bob''s blog entries Advertising Age Albert Einstein Booz & Co.’s s Strategy+Business Brilliant Mistakes Brooke Manville Bulldog Reporter C.

Joseph L. Badaracco: An interview by Bob Morris

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Bob''s blog entries Currier House in Harvard College Defining Moments: When Managers Must Choose between Right and Right Harvard Business Review Press Harvard Business School Harvard Center for Ethics and the Professions Harvard University Advisory Committee on Shareholder Responsibility John Shad Professor of Business Ethics at Harvard Business School Joseph L. Joseph L. Badaracco is the John Shad Professor of Business Ethics at Harvard Business School.

A Life in Leadership: A book review by Bob Morris

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A Life In Leadership: From D-Day to Ground Zero: An Autobiography John Whitehead Basic Books (2005) Note: I re-read this book before reading Steven Mandis’ recently published book, What Happened to Goldman Sachs: An Insider’s Story of Organization Drift, published by Harvard Business Review Press (2013). Whitehead plays a significant role in Mandis’ account, one […].