Leadership Gold: Lessons I’ve Learned from a Lifetime of Leading. In chapter 18, entitled “the secret to a good meeting is the meeting before the meeting,” Maxwell quotes Harry Chapman as giving a list of how to handle being on a committee:Committees meet. They schedule a meeting to talk about all the stuff there is to do and who could possibly do it. I was reading this morning from John Maxwell’s
- Never arrive on time: this stamps you as a beginner.
- Don’t say anything until the meeting is over: this stamps you as being wise.
- Be as vague as possible: this avoids irritating others.
- When in doubt, suggest that a subcommittee be appointed.
- Be the first to move for adjournment: this will make you popular – it’s what everyone is waiting for.