Beer Committees were an important part of the small community rugby clubs I grew up around. So important, that I think they are an actual foundation stone in the temple of governance that is essential to any democratic society. Let me explain… What are Beer Committees? In any small club or society there are two […]
Will descending from Welsh Sheep Farmers prevent you collaborating?
Back in the mid 1800’s a group of Welsh emigrants were being rescued from an island where they been shipwrecked. Before they left, they modestly showed their rescuers what they had achieved during their years of isolation. “These are our houses, this is the school, this is the reading room, this is the rugby field, […]
Bikeshedding: Organisations spend too much time on trivial decisions. Parkinson’s Law of Triviality.
Decision making has always been a challenge . Way back in 1957, to describe his ‘Law of Triviality’, Cyril Northcote Parkinson created the word bikeshedding. Parkinson was hugely experienced in the workings of Government and Academia. He was also responsible for a number of other ‘rules’ you might be familiar with like: Parkinsons Law No.1 ‘work expands to […]
Meetings Sabotage, Additional Field Examples
Lately I’ve been spending time in committee meetings. We love our committee meetings here in Wales, although if you’d like an alternative view, here’s Seth’s Blog on “If committees told the truth”. The one thing committees are great for is spotting sabotage and the meeting saboteurs at work. I thought it would be helpful to […]