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Another Insidious Foe To Avoid: Believing Board Committees Invite Micro-management.

June 17, 2016 0 Comments

 

jumping spiderOne of the erroneous governance assumptions that I described in the radio interview I did for the Michigan Business Network a few days ago is the notion that board standing committees are an invitation for transportation board members to dabble in executive and administrative matters – what is popularly known as “micro-management.”  You’ll recall from a couple of my recent posts at this blog that an erroneous assumption about an aspect of the public transportation governing business earns the designation “Insidious Foe” when two things are true.  First, the assumption is dangerous.  Taking it seriously and acting on it … Read the rest

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CEO Bill Carpenter On RTS’s Award Winning New Transit Center

June 7, 2016 0 Comments

The Regional Transit Service’s award-winning Transit Center, which was named 2016 Project of the Year by the American Public Works Association, is not only a triumph of customer-focused, aesthetically pleasing design and meticulous construction management.  This strikingly handsome, state of the art facility in downtown Rochester, New York is also the product of RTS Chief Executive Officer Bill Carpenter’s close … Read the rest

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Another Insidious Foe To Watch Out For

June 3, 2016 0 Comments

jumping spider“But won’t I be inviting my board members into my business and leaving myself open to the kind of micro-management that can really disrupt my work?”  This is what I heard from the GM of a mid-size transportation authority during our recent discussion over lunch of the process her board might use to assess her work.  We’d agreed that a well-designed annual GM evaluation process was one of the most important vehicles for keeping her working relationship with the board healthy.  And we’d also agreed that an objective evaluation process should heavily focus on the authority’s overall performance in terms … Read the rest

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