In my previous article I discussed the three key success factors of good committees, i.e. leadership, talent and teamwork. Building on these critical success factors for effective committees, in reality the best committees are really active, in other words they are able to make decisions and drive clear actions in making a difference in their area of impact. Sadly, though, there are too many examples available about ineffective, passive and dormant committees that have so little impact that they might as well close down.
I formed the word ACTIVE as an acronym illustrating what good committees are all about:
The reality is that business, government and non-profit organisations function to a great deal using the inputs and outputs of committees. At the top of the organisation, boards have sub-committees such as Remuneration Committees and Audit Committees. Then there are several management committees in organisations, or committees dealing with specific projects or issues. Whether you are a member of a committee, or a committee chairperson, using the six Active elements of good committees can help you to ensure the success of the committee, while simultaneously dealing with challenges or problems. Best wishes in driving and enabling productive committee work.
Marius Meyer is CEO of the SA Board for People Practices (SABPP). SABPP has 13 national and 9 provincial committees. More information about SABPP is available on www.sabpp.co.zaand on twitter @SABPP1 and Instagram @sabpp_1