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Archive for October, 2014

The CEO/GM as Innovator-In-Chief, Featuring GCRTA’s Joe Calabrese

October 28, 2014 0 Comments

Over the past quarter-century I’ve learned that the public transportation authorities that are really good at getting significant, out of the box change accomplished are invariably led by a CEO/GM who is passionately committed to playing – and well prepared to play – what I call the Innovator-in-Chief role.  The CEO/GM is the only person in your authority who can wear the Innovator-in-Chief hat for the simple reason that no one else brings to the change game the formal authority, influence, access to resources, and time required to spearhead an out-of-the-box change effort and to overcome the inevitable inertia and … Read the rest

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Steve Bland and Nat Ford On the Board Chair-CEO Partnership

October 21, 2014 0 Comments

This is the third article we’ve posted on building a close, positive and productive partnership between the board chair and CEO. And it won’t be the last, you can be sure, because of the high-stakes involved in this critical working relationship. I would suggest that one of the top priorities of a truly board-savvy transportation CEO is to transform his or her board chair into a strong governing partner, a reliable ally, and when needed, an ardent change champion. The board chair makes an especially important partner for the CEO not only because of his or her formal authority as … Read the rest

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Widening Ownership of the TriMet Strategic Financial Plan

October 16, 2014 0 Comments

Ownership is a powerful, positive force in the sphere of leadership.  Indeed, feelings of ownership are the fuel that generates the kind of commitment you can count on over the long run – to decisions, strategies, and key policy documents like your public transportation authority’s annual budget and long-range financial plan.  Board-savvy public transportation CEOs well know that a critical part of their job is making sure that their board members and the representatives of important stakeholder organizations such as the chamber of commerce and county commission are transformed into owners, rather than just being an audience for decisions already … Read the rest

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Clear Board Chair Leadership Targets

October 7, 2014 0 Comments

My September 9 post – “Learn From a Dynamic Board Chair-CEO Partnership” – features Dave Stackrow, Board Chair, and Carm Basile, Chief Executive Officer, of the Capital District Transportation Authority, talking about their very close and productive working relationship.  In two or three weeks, we’ll be posting a podcast here by Steve Bland, Chief Executive Officer of the Nashville MTA, and Nat Ford, Chief Executive Officer of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority, talking about steps they’ve taken over the years to cement their partnerships with their board chairs.

There’s pretty wide agreement that the board savviest public transportation CEOs make a … Read the rest

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