What is the most important meeting of the year?

Is it about leadership training? Is it a staff meeting or retreat? Is it a board meeting? Strategic planning meetings? How about a conference with elections?

My claim is that the most important meeting you will ever lead is a nominating committee meeting.

At first you may think I’m crazy. This claim is counter-intuitive. You might think that nothing with the word “committee” in its name could be so visionary. I’m sure you’ve sat in some very boring and seemingly inconsequential nominating committee meetings. (Of course that is part of the problem itself.) You might think that such perfunctory things as electoral processes are beneath other more important concerns. But I’m here to do two things: A) To convince you that a Nominating Committee is the most important meeting you will ever lead… and B) To show you how to lead it better, every time you do.

Why the Nominating Committee is the Most Important Meeting You Will Ever Lead, and How to Lead It Better:

The Nominating Committee is the best way to answer your most important question: Who. Who will lead things between now and the next time we get together? If you step back from things, I suspect you’ll admit that who is your biggest problem, and who is your biggest solution. Who is the most important question you will face, and the nominating committee is where Who questions get answered. Almost all the other meetings you lead are better or worse because because of the work of the nominating committee. If everything rises or falls on leadership, then it just might be that almost everything rises and falls on the nominating committee.

Here’s five reasons the nominating committee is the most important meeting of your year:

1) The Nominating Committee is the best way to set the agendas for the future. While the agendas are prepared by the facilitator before the meetings take place, the best way to ensure the agendas start to drift toward the more important matters are to ensure the people in the room are the ones who care about what is truly important. If you nominate all the right people, the right issues have a chance to be front an center on the agenda, not relegated to hallway conversations or under-the-table-in-the-meeting texts.

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