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An effective organization needs energetic committees!

  • Committees are instruments for accomplishments.
  • Cooperation is as important as what committee accomplishes
  • Both chairman and members of committees have significant responsibilities.

Chairman Responsibilities:

  • to present the project or problem,
  • to clarify the problem or project,
  • to stimulate group thinking,
  • to follow the discussion,
  • to summarize the discussion.

Committee Member Responsibilities:

  • to take part in discussion,
  • to avoid discussing unrelated matters,
  • to keep prejudices in check and respect another’s views,
  • to follow the discussion attentively,
  • to share experiences for the benefit of the group,
  • to help make decisions, then act,
  • to attack problems impersonally and avoid arguments.

To enable committees to function effectively, certain principles should be recognized and supported with practice.

Operational Principles for Committees:

  • Committees should expect to have significant work to do; committee member should be competent for that work.
  • The committee chairman sets the tone, tempo and tactics of the operation of the committee.
  • The leader, chairman and committee members should be knowledgeable about the operations of the committee.
  • Committees accomplish more when members work on assignments between meetings.
  • Effective communication requires effort on the part of both the speaker and the listeners.
  • All committee decisions affect people; people should be considered when making decisions.

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