Non Fiction: Committee-itis:

a light hearted look at the pitfalls and pleasures of sitting on a committee

  

Title:"Committee-itis:

a light hearted look at the pitfalls and pleasures of sitting on a committee

ISBN:1-920705-07-4

Authors: Hazel Edwards and Jean Roberts

Publisher:(formerly Choice Books) 

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Any committee can  fall victim to the dreaded committee-itis virus.

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Committee-itis offers suggestions to strengthen your committee’s immune system against infections such as:

  • rash decisions,
  • outbreaks of resistance,
  • fatigue,
  • or stress.

In Committee-itis  management consultant Jean Roberts and Hazel Edwards,satirise but also provide strategies for coping in committees. Jane Cafarella's cartoons provide the humour which often defuses difficult situations, common to committee members.

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Do any of these symptoms sound familiar?

  • debilitated decision-making
  • anaesthetised into dozing patternss
  • over-committee’d

This illness can invade the body of a committee  – including kindergartens, schools, youth groups, body corporates, workplaces or community organisations. 

 

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Scenarios: 

Groups on conferences, weekend retreats or even school camps, find the funny performance scripts the most valuable way of exploring management issues. These  provide opportunities for committee members and others to ‘role play‘ various committee experiences with a prepared script.

 Scenarios  include

  • Mt Paperwork Whodunnit script (with an optional meal) for conferences,
  • Hat Tricks which enables ‘dressing up’ with hats, and
  • Minutes of Time script set in another world where the currency is satisfaction rather than time or money which enables a different point of view on daily problems associated with committees.

  Through humour, the participants learn from a different perspective and then apply improvements into their workday situation.

Contents

Introduction to Committee-itis
What is this plague-like problem?
And the environment that attracts this virus?

Chapter 1 – Symptoms – What is it?
Chapter 2 – Diagnosis – How to recognise it
Chapter 3 – Remedies – How to deal with it once you recognise it
Chapter 4 – Virus avoidance
Chapter 5 – Scenarios and Activities
Chapter 6 – How to’s

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Reviews & Quotes

'We bought copies for all our board members, as an end- of- year- gift.'  Eastern suburbs Probus.

'Our school council laughed while reading 'Committeeitis'.They identified with the scenarios.'

'Framed the cartoons in our meeting room and left a copy of  'Committeeitis' on the coffee table.'

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