“Committees are the black holes of the corporate universe – it’s where innovation goes to die, creativity is destroyed, bright sparks of imaginative thinking are snuffed out – and a place from which no great idea or bold initiative can ever escape!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
Committees are killing your future – because just as light cannot escape from a black hole, your concept for disruptive, creative thinking is guaranteed to disappear forever when it is pulled into the gravitational field of this lowest form of group- think.
Here’s your reality :You’ve had a great idea. You’ve tested it out. You’re shared the concept with a few people – excitement builds around your discovery! You are purposeful, driven, initiative-energized!
And then you are told that you need to take your idea to the ‘committee’ so that there is consensus. Agreement and concurrence. So that feathers aren’t ruffled, or so that others can have a kick at the validity of your concepts and add their ‘two cents worth.’
You take a deep breath, and prepare for your presentation. With trepidation, you enter the room.
And an hour later, you emerge. Destroyed. Deflated. Lost.
The committee tore your idea to shreds – not with logic, but with spite. Rather than reaching for the bold concepts that you’ve presented, the committee has determined that it is best to pursue the lowest risk path towards guaranteed failure so as to not get out of a ‘comfort zone.’ Rather that taking fast new initiatives to conquer fast moving trends, the committee decides is best to slam on the brakes in order to ‘study’ the issue.
Your worst fears come true – a special ‘sub-committee’ is created to study your plan, with a plan to report back in eight months.
Your idea is dead.
You know this is true, don’t you?
Committees are cancer. They are the lowest form of mindthinki that pretty much guarantees a path to failure, a road to the mediocre, a direction to nowhere and a commitment that wavers like jello in a bowl.
Nothing can escape from a committee – because just as black holes distort the laws of gravity, they defy the laws of creativity and disruptive thinking.