Committees Quotes

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Peter F. Hamilton
“How many twenty-second-century bureaucrats did it take to change a light panel?
We'll have a sub-committee meeting and get back to you with an estimate.”
Peter F. Hamilton, Great North Road

Ayn Rand
“All I mean is that a board of directors is one or two ambitious men--and a lot of ballast. I mean that groups of men are vacuums. Great big empty nothings. They say we can't visualize a total nothing. Hell, sit at any committee meeting. The point is only who chooses to fill that nothing. It's a tough battle. The toughest. It's simple enough to fight any enemy, so long as he's there to be fought. But when he isn't. . .”
Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead

Max Barry
“It is a building designed by committee: all they have been able to agree on is that it should be rectangular, have windows, and not fall over.”
Max Barry, Company

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Committees kill unconventional ideas for a living.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, The Confessions of a Misfit

Robert A. Heinlein
“A committee is the only known form of life with a hundred bellies and no brain.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Methuselah's Children

Robert Musil
“Ich bin Mitglied einer ministeriellen Konferenz. Bei einer Konferenz bringt jeder vor, was er haben möchte und für das Richtige hält, und zum Schluß ergibt sich etwas daraus, das keiner ganz gewollt hat: eben das Ergebnis.”
Robert Musil, The Man Without Qualities

Ryan Lilly
“Let’s form a committee tasked with exploring why committees are so ineffective. Then we’ll stand-back and watch it argue and self-destruct.”
Ryan Lilly

David Graeber
“There is a whole school of thought that holds bureaucracy tends to expand according to a kind of perverse but inescapable inner logic. The argument runs as follows: if you create a bureaucratic structure to deal with some problem, that structure will invariably end up creating other problems that seem as if they, too, can only be solved by bureaucratic means. In universities, this is sometimes informally referred to as the "creating committees to deal with the problem of too many committees" problem.”
David Graeber, The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity, and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy

Emily M. Axelrod
“Having clear decision rules saves heartburn later.”
Emily M. Axelrod, Let's Stop Meeting Like This: Tools to Save Time and Get More Done

Alan S. Blinder
“Had Newton served on more faculty committees at Cambridge, his first law of motion might have read: A decisionmaking body at rest or in motion tends to stay at rest or in motion in the same direction unless acted upon by an outside force.”
Alan S. Blinder, Central Banking in Theory and Practice