How Are Your Committees Working?

There is nothing quite as frustrating as serving on a committee that is not working well. Long meetings that go nowhere, ideas are dismissed or not pursued and/or no one is willing to step up to do the work that needs to be done. These are just a few of the signs that a committee is not effectively operating.

Committees can be energizing and exciting for board members, staff and volunteers if they are managed well. They provide an opportunity for individuals to serve in a meaningful way and a means to be an insider on the work of the organization.

How do you create committees that work well? I find nonprofit leaders often underestimate the time and effort it takes to create effective committees. Consider taking the time to ask the following questions for each of your committees.

  • What is the purpose of the committee?  Are the tasks and activities of committee clear?
  • Do we have the right chair for the committee? Who is the right person to effectively lead and guide and the work of the committee?
  • Who should serve on the committee?  What skills, talents, connections and expertise do you need to accomplish the work of the committee?
  • What resources does the committee need to be successful?  Do they need a budget and/or staff support?
  • Who does the committee report to?  The Board? The Executive Director?
  • How will the committee measure their success?  Do they have clear goals or benchmarks they are striving to achieve?

Need some help with your committees or other organizational challenges? Send an e-mail or call 859-261-4145 to set up a no cost no obligation consultation to explore how I can help you and your organization.