The Problem with Committees

Jamie Notter

The Problem with Committees. Here’s the problem with committees: They exist. He had written about an experience he had on a committee that wasn’t pleasant and was reflecting on how the Chair might have “lead” the committee differently. Consulting.

Working Committees Have Plenty To Do

Eric Lanke

We're looking ahead to another calendar year in our association, and as part of that look forward we are setting a year-long course for some of our working committees. Working Committee is the term my association uses for what others might call Program Committees.

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Eric Lanke: Which Committee Are You On?

Eric Lanke

Which Committee Are You On? You serve on two committees for this association--one of which you chair. Because this association has dozens of committees, you find the meetings for both of your committees scheduled at the same time at an association conference. Eric Lanke.

A Welcome Role for the Membership Committee

Associations Now

One association puts its volunteer membership committee to work in calling all new members to welcome them to the association—a rewarding effort for members, volunteers, and the association alike. At the committee level, though, there seems to be no hard and fast rule.

All Committees Are Not Created Equal

Eric Lanke

Got into a friendly argument with a colleague about last week's post , where I revisited an idea that I've discussed before : that program committees should report to an association's Chief Staff Executive, or CEO, and not its Board of Directors. Governance committees, yes, I replied.

How to Make Association Committee Members Happier and More Productive


The internet is filled with stories of organizations instituting radical changes to make employees more invested, happier, and thus more productive.

Eric Lanke: Should Committees Report to the Board?

Eric Lanke

Should Committees Report to the Board? Should committees report to the board?" There are some committees whose jobs clearly relate to the governance of the association. The Finance Committee. The Nominating Committee. The Executive Committee. Eric Lanke.

Re-Establishing a Collapsed Committee: 4 Steps


Committees are a great way to delegate tasks at your association. Unfortunately, committees sometimes fail - people become disengaged, deadlines start to slip, and sooner or later, the weight of the committee is left on only one or two people.

When Committee Bureaucracy Stymies Your Conference Potential

Velvet Chainsaw

Its committees serve as the central nervous system influencing all parts of the body. The conference planning committee is similar to our spinal cord, serving as the internal communication highway between the parts of the body and the brain.

How to Find Volunteers for Committees and Task Forces

Associations Now

Finding volunteers for long-term goals and short-term needs can be difficult, but it may help to consider whether you need to set up a committee or a task force. Example Job Descriptions If you are looking to build a committee or a task force, start with something similar to this.

Poll: Age-Appropriate Networking, Committee Involvement Key to Attracting Next Gen to Events

Association Adviser

While that may not surprise you, did you know that 23 percent of associations tell us they are inviting younger members to join their event planning committees? The post Poll: Age-Appropriate Networking, Committee Involvement Key to Attracting Next Gen to Events by Association Adviser staff first appeared on

Transportation Committee Pushes for Clarity on Airline Fees, Seating Sizes

Associations Now

Transportation Department advisory committee this week recommended that airlines transparently disclose fees and seat sizes to consumers before they buy tickets—and that hotels include mandatory resort fees in the price of the room. Leocha is the consumer advocate on the committee.

When Opinion By Committee Can Lead You Astray

Velvet Chainsaw

Beware Of Committee Opinion Echo-Chamber When we are designing a conference or planning the next steps of an organization, we need to be aware of the challenges of relying only on the opinions of a committee. Especially if everyone on that committee has the same belief.

Dump Your Committees

Thanks For Playing

The thing about standing committees is that they're standing. One of the problems with standing committees is that they can easily become zombies, continuing on with calls and meetings and reports to the board whether or not there's actually anything for them to DO. I know what you're about to say: "Our standing committees are set in our bylaws. And you do probably have to maintain a standing finance committee. Volunteerism is changing.

Project Management for Board Members and Committee Chairs

AMR Management Services

volunteer leaders Board Management committee leadership leadership Project Managementby Brian Reuwee. Project management requires structure. As a more free-form, creative person, I'm not always a big fan of structure, but I do love it when a plan comes together.

GSA Launches Travel Advisory Committee to Revamp Conference Policies

Associations Now

In an effort to keep conference and travel spending in check throughout the federal government, the General Services Administration will launch a new committee, made up of public and private-sector officials, to discuss ways to improve efficiencies.

Eric Lanke: I Don't Want to Serve on Your Committee

Eric Lanke

I Dont Want to Serve on Your Committee. Here are some quick DOs and DONTs for your consideration: DONT send me a list of committees that have openings and tell me I have to respond by a deadline if I want to serve on any of them. DON'T have committees. Eric Lanke.

SCD Group: 15 Tips for Better Board/Committee Meetings: Ideas.

SCD Group

15 Tips for Better Board/Committee Meetings: Ideas from NE-SAE Annual Conference and a whole lot more. Question: How do we enhance the time spent in board or committee meetings? Ensure committees have clear assignments/roles and be sure they dont overstep. Pages. About. Contact.

4 steps for moving to paperless board and committee meetings

Optimist Consulting

I was recently asked by a client to look into what they would need to do to move to paperless committees for their board meetings. Have you moved to paperless committee or board meetings?

What Race for Relevance Inadvertently Taught Me About Committees

AMR Management Services

What Race for Relevance Inadvertently Taught Me About Committees. Strong post from association executive Eric Lanke (on his own blog) about how committees can and should be used in a modern, progressive, professional association. Eric Lanke: What Race for Relevance Inadvertently Taught Me About Committees : Ive talked about Race for Relevance once before on this blog, the recent book by Harrison Coerver and Mary Byers calling for "Five Radical Changes in Associations.".

Does Your Board Act as Your Innovation Committee?

Eric Lanke

It advocates for corporate boards to serve as a kind of innovation committee for the corporations they are put in place to safeguard. conducting its annual self-evaluation, the board found that a number of its directors had recommended that a board committee be created to work explicitly with the new CEO on technology and innovation — not to manage it, but to partner with management on it. image source I found this post of the Harvard Business Review blog thought-provoking.

A new face, a new format and all things ORGPRO

Aaron Wolowiec

As you likely know, I’ve served as the chair of the ORGPRO 2013 Program Committee for the last year. Henry Center for Executive Development , will share with us the projects she’s working on as chair of the ORGPRO Community Engagement Committee.

Mizz Information: If Your Members Organize Their Own Committee.

Mizz Information

If Your Members Organize Their Own Committee, Are You Failing Them? At any rate, one of the thousands of SXSW things that flowed through either my Twitter stream or Facebook news feed caught my association eye-- the announcement of a new Council on Ethical Blogging and Aggregation, a "committee aiming to establish standards for (content) aggregation." What does does it say about associations when members organize their own committees or councils independent of the association?

House Committee Grills New IRS Chief on 501(c)(4) Proposal

Associations Now

I want to be perfectly clear—this committee will fight any and all efforts to restrict the rights of groups to organize, speak out, and educate the public, just as unions are allowed to do so.”.

Congressional testimony tips from Seth Rogen

Association Advocacy Chick

Last month, actor Seth Rogen testified before the Senate Appropriations Committee to ask for more research funding for Alzheimer’s disease. If you have watched the congressional hearing, you may have noticed that not all of the committee members were present. Uncategorized Alzheimer''s disease associations Capitol Hill celebrity spokesperson Senate Appropriations Committee Seth Rogen

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You Can't Build A Website By Committee

Vanguard Tech

What don't you do by committee? It's hard for associations to hear. That's what you're about. Getting people in the organization to get together and make decisions for the future good of the membership. association technology Websites associations

A Committee By Any Other Name

Eric Lanke

One of the very first posts I wrote for this blog (back in September 2011) was titled, " Should Committees Report to the Board? " In the post, I argued that committees whose function was programmatic (i.e., Our four types of committees are: 1. Working Committees.

When Your Conference Planning Process Eclipses Your Purpose

Velvet Chainsaw

Conference Planning conference planning conference planning committee conference planning team conference stakeholdersDid you ever play the board game of Chutes and Ladders? The object of the game is to get to the end of the path first.

Call for Presentations: Dead or Alive?

Aaron Wolowiec

With that information in hand and summarized, we engaged our education committee to “address” these needs in terms of placement throughout the annual education calendar.

Volunteer management: I gotta feeling

Aaron Wolowiec

In addition to committees and councils, volunteers support our organizations as board members, SMEs and speakers (many of whom are uncompensated).

Your Approach to Working Committees Reveals Your Organizational Culture

Eric Lanke

As we were discussing her work with committees in her old position and her anticipated work with our committees in her new position, a difference in style and culture became readily apparent. Our working committees don't determine strategy," I told her.

Mission possible: Finding and keeping volunteers

Aaron Wolowiec

And later that month, committee members flock to your building to discuss the assignments for the year. Like zombies, committee members engage in busy work instead of generating new ideas to further the mission of the organization.

The Hourglass Blog: Should Committees Report to the Board?

The Hourglass Blog

Should Committees Report to the Board? Should committees report to the board?" There are some committees whose jobs clearly relate to the governance of the association. The Finance Committee. The Nominating Committee. The Executive Committee.

Selecting and coaching speakers to deliver quality digital presentations

Aaron Wolowiec

This call provides detailed instructions for submission of papers for assessment and selection by a review committee. Ultimately, constituent submissions are returned to the committee for review, scoring and selection.

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Speaker coaching: The key to unlocking top-rated conference sessions

Aaron Wolowiec

When’s the last time your organization’s education committee was asked to identify the three to five greatest challenges currently inhibiting its industry speakers from reaching their fullest potential during the annual conference?

Committee Reports on Feedback Given to Tax Reform Working Groups

Associations Now

Beyond the Beltway To engage the public in the debate over tax reform, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) last week launched a social media campaign called “Beyond the Beltway.”

Project Management for Board Members and Committee Chairs

AMR Management Services

Project management requires structure. As a more free-form, creative person, I''m not always a big fan of structure, but I do love it when a plan comes together. So I make structure and organization

No more burnout blues

Aaron Wolowiec

Do-nothing committees. We believe that’s because the current model of association volunteering, based on standing committees, is broken. As a working mom of three, I rarely have a free night.

Eric Lanke: What Race for Relevance Inadvertently Taught Me.

Eric Lanke

What Race for Relevance Inadvertently Taught Me About Committees. But the actions the book suggests association leaders take based on those ideas are radical, in the extreme, especially to organizations still saddled with 50-person boards of directors and 100+ committees. Eric Lanke.

Using Board Members to Engage Attendees at Your Trade Show

AMR Management Services

Your conference committee, board of directors and association staff has spent countless hours putting together a trade show or convention that will be beneficial for both attendees and exhibitors. What other ways could you use your board of directors and committee leaders in your trade show?