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Bringing Off a Path-Breaking BJCTA Board-Executive Work Session

January 30, 2015 0 Comments

Our last blog post described a dramatic step the Board of the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority (BJCTA) took just four days before the scheduled daylong “High-Impact Governing Work Session” involving Board members, Executive Director Ann August, and her top lieutenants. By electing a new chair, Dr. Patrick Sellers, in a special public meeting, the majority of Board members dramatically signaled that they were putting a contentious past behind them and setting out to build a solid, enduring Board-Executive Director working relationship.

Of course, board-executive retreats can, as you well know, easily come unraveled – with disastrous results. That BJCTA’s High-Impact … Read the rest

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BJCTA Takes a Big Step Toward a Solid Board-CEO Partnership

January 23, 2015 0 Comments
BJCTA Takes a Big Step Toward a Solid Board-CEO Partnership

Ann August, Executive Director (CEO) of the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority (BJCTA), and several of her top lieutenants were pretty apprehensive about the daylong “High-Impact Governing Work Session” that was scheduled for January 9-10.  The BJCTA Board, Ann, and Executive Staff members would be brainstorming practical ways to clarify and strengthen the Board’s governing role and functions and to build and maintain a solid Board-Executive Director-Executive Staff working relationship.  Ann and her senior executives had good reason to feel apprehensive.  As BJCTA’s new Board Chair, Dr. Patrick Sellers, and Ann explain in a podcast that will be published at this … Read the rest

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Board Development By Design

January 15, 2015 0 Comments

The August 22, 2014 issue of APTA’s Passenger Transport includes a piece I wrote for the Commentary section, “Board Development by Design:  A Board-Savvy CEO role.”  Before getting into the process of developing a transportation board’s governing capacity in some detail, I asked the reader to “keep in mind a very important lesson I learned early in my career:  A public transportation authority’s GM or CEO must be a leading participant – indeed, the prime mover – in fashioning a comprehensive plan for developing the board’s governing capacity.”  I go on to explain why, pointing out that board members, typically … Read the rest

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Craft Your Own CEO Mission Statement

January 8, 2015 2 Comments
Craft Your Own CEO Mission Statement

 

An article in the January 6 issue of the New York Times, “In With the New Mission Statement,” opens with this bit of advice:  “Forget the New Year’s resolution.  This year, try creating a personal mission statement instead.”  The basic point of the piece is that resolutions at the onset of a new year might be well-intended but tend to be unsustainable as the weeks pass in the face of inevitable demands and pressures, basically because they are too shallow.  Instead, a more fundamental statement of intended impacts based on core values is needed – in other words, a … Read the rest

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