Galvin and Associates

Use committees sparingly



Some boards have standing committees that meet at the same time as the full board or in between meetings. Sometimes the organization must make up work for the committees to do. When the committees report to the full board, sometimes their recommendations are overturned, or the discussion and decision is remade with the full board. If there is board work to be assigned, it is better to use ad hoc committees or temporary task force groups. When their assignment is accomplished, they no longer meet. Some boards retain their committee structure but simply stop meeting as committees and keep the entire board together for the full meeting.

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