We knew we would get your attention when we said to Kill Your Committees.
How many of you have attended formal meetings with a president, and vice president, and secretary and treasurer? Someone was taking a ton of notes and you have financials and reports to look at and discuss before you even got to the meat of the matter. When you were finally done - and couldn't even remember what was said because everyone was so boring - you had to read the minutes that were sent to you. Then you had to have another committee meeting to accomplish what you decided in the minutes you were going to do. It literally took months, if not years, to get anything accomplished.
Camden Breitling and Dylan Fulton from Miller, South Dakota, two high school boys, attended the RuralX Conference last summer and left with an idea. The boys proposed allowing small start-ups to set up businesses over the holidays utilizing demo garden sheds for sale in Miller. They held a a few meetings, invited their friends, divvied up the work and held a Christmas event.
There were no formal committees, no one person telling everyone else what to do, no fear of failure. In fact, they learned a few things:
it was great fun!
they will do it again, but in the summer time
that they are a valuable part of the community and what they do matters.
This is just one idea and one story associated with Killing Your Committees. Our next webinar, February 15 at 6 pm CST, is all about Killing Your Committees. Please join us! You can register here.