Wednesday, May 17, 2006

[My Job] Committee, Setting up a

Set up a committee of your peers to oversee your primary area of responsibility. Appoint yourself chair. This is a great way to ...
  • give yourself some leadership experience
  • practice delegating to your peers
  • diffuse responsibility for tasks you don't want to do
  • share blame for bad decisions
  • pad your vita/resume
Do all of this in the name of democracy... because everyone should have a say in how they do your job.

4 comments:

Idun said...

I love it when you're brutally honest! Now if I can just figure out how to propose my new committee so no one notices.

Norma said...

The main purpose of many committees is "empire building." You have to have a broad base with yourself at the top to sell your ideas. It's a way to get 5 or 6 people to report to you even though you have no supervisory responsibilities. I used to work in "User Education" aka Bibliographic Instruction. Wow. We could create so many committees I couldn't believe it. But it looked good on my boss's resume. Start with an ad hoc group, then move into full committee mode. Churches also excell at this. Although we've now renamed committees, calling them "ministries." Our church has no committees, but we have 144 ministries.

Anonymous said...

Do you realize this is called a "Pyramid Scheme" and is highly illegal?!

Katya said...

I don't think I could stand it if one more person had a say in how I do my job-- this is the perfect solution -- I delegate my duties instead. I love it.

norma: your church has 144 ministries? I'm dumbfounded.