Commitees inspire all the wrong things in people.
- Complaining in a committee is easy, but no one takes responsibility or ownership.
- Hiding is easy, because each person’s contributions aren’t really measured.
- Decisions are nearly impossible, because you’re always striving for consensus.
- Progress is always limited, because pleasing everyone means not striving for the best solution.
- Personal objectives, politics and hidden agendas are practically the foundation for committees.
Simply put, committees are no way to get things done.
Teams on the other hand can be a much more successful way of working together. Nothing is perfect, but give me a team over a committee any day.
Put a team together for the right reasons and manage it properly and you can get results.
- Teams hold each person accountable for their ideas, work and effort.
- Measuring each person’s contributions in a team is easier. Set expectations quickly and track progress of each individual.
- Teams want consensus but they don’t need it to be successful. Decisions are easier with good leaders.
- Teams are meant to get things done, not talk about stuff endlessly. It’s not about making everyone happy, it’s about accomplishing something.
- Teams are motivated by common goals.
Certainly, you can have a crappy team. Put the wrong person in charge, bring together the wrong mix of people, and suddenly you’ve got an ineffective team. Either they won’t work as a team or they’ll turn into a committee.
And, I suppose there’s a chance you can have a good committee, but I’ve never seen one.