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Adding Pizzazz and Power To Your Retreat

September 29, 2014 1 Comment
Adding Pizzazz and Power To Your Retreat

Diverse People in Meeting With Speech BubblesWhen, over a decade ago, the Capital District Transportation Authority Ad Hoc Retreat Design Committee decided to invite the representatives of several stakeholder organizations, including the Capital District Regional Planning Commission and Office of the Governor, to attend their 1 ½-day strategic planning retreat, some committee members felt pretty apprehensive. Would the presence of external representatives inhibit discussion? Would these outsiders dilute the impact of CDTA Board members and exert undue influence in the several breakout groups they’d planned to use as engagement and content generation vehicles? They needn’t have worried.   The benefits of stakeholder involvement far outweighed the modest … Read the rest

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Tips On Running a Successful Retreat

September 19, 2014 3 Comments
Tips On Running a Successful Retreat

Diverse People in Meeting With Speech BubblesBoard-savvy CEOs like Carm Basile, Steve Bland, and Susan Meyer have brought off really productive and energizing board-CEO-executive team retreats that have strengthened their boards’ governing capacity and the board-CEO working relationship.  By the way, a real retreat (as opposed to just a long meeting) lasts at least a full day and often 1 ½ days.  The key to a productive and energizing retreat is a well-structured and facilitated retreat design process that involves selected board members (perhaps your planning and development committee, the governance [or board operations] committee, or an ad hoc design committee) and the CEO in thinking … Read the rest

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Fulfilling a Broader Vision

September 15, 2014 1 Comment
Fulfilling a Broader Vision

RGL_2946The decision to extend DART light rail to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, the world’s third busiest, was a comparatively easy one. Why wouldn’t you use the nation’s longest light rail system to connect millions of North Texans to the world, and millions of global travelers to the fourth-largest US metro area?

But DART has always pursued a broader vision.

The timing,  technology, system and funding for a direct rail connection had to be right. That is where the DART Board – present and past — has been helpful. While all eyes have recently been on the airport, board members and … Read the rest

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Learn From a Dynamic Board Chair-CEO Duo

September 9, 2014 0 Comments

In my newest book, The Board-Savvy CEO, I treat the board chair-CEO working relationship as one of the preeminent keys to keeping the board-CEO partnership healthy.  CDTA’s Board Chair, David Stackrow (who was named APTA’s Board Member of the Year in 2009), and CEO, Carm Basile, make up one of the highest-impact, most solid board chair-CEO leadership teams I’ve observed over my 25 years of work with nonprofit and public boards.  Their leadership success has a lot to do with their mutual respect, creative and flexible division of labor, and frequent communication.  It also helps that Dave is 100 … Read the rest

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Communication is Key

September 8, 2014 1 Comment

I would like to thank Doug Eadie for taking the initiative to create this blog for public transportation CEOs and GMs to exchange ideas and information. Having this valuable dialogue will enhance our ability to network with each other and share best practices. The key to a transit authority’s success is having a collaborative working relationship between the CEO/GM and board of directors. We must also commit to board development.

I am honored to be part of this distinguished advisory group and look forward to sharing insights as a guest contributor to the Board Savvy Transit CEO blog.

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