By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy
Here’s an idea to spur responsible problem solving. Reading time: 3:51
When Charles Lindbergh became the first solo pilot to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, a business executive smirked: “It would have been even more remarkable if he had done it with a committee. “
After all, it takes a real leader with persistence to untie the red tape that is wrapped around most committees. It takes a real leader with conviction to sort through all the hidden agenda. It takes a real leader with purpose to fight off the prevailing kick-the-can down the street syndrome that plagues most committees.
Indeed, too many committees don’t commit. Too many committees spin their wheels in the sand of consensus. Too many committees drive to assumptions more than arrive at conclusions.
But leaders do commit. They don’t hide behind committees or reports. They run after problems –not away from them. They weigh in rather than wait on.
Leaders are always on a mission with a vision especially when the specter of a committee threatens to drive many a project into the proverbial ditch with its powers of procrastination and indecision. No matter if those committees are comprised with feckless people willing to let others assume responsibility like those in the story of Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody by that famous author Anonymous.
“There was an important job to be done
and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.
Anybody could have done it. But Nobody did it.