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COTA’s CEO Curtis Stitt Reflects on Chief Executive Leadership

August 25, 2017 0 Comments

       Curtis Stitt

Not long into my first in-depth conversation with Curtis Stitt, I realized that I was in the company of an uncommonly thoughtful CEO who was a deeply serious, passionate student of board and chief executive leadership.  And I knew that I’d lucked out in having the opportunity to work closely with Curtis on the governance front before his upcoming retirement as President & CEO of the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA), which serves over 1.2 million residents in the Greater Columbus, Ohio region.   Having closely observed       Curtis in action over the past few months, I was delighted when … Read the rest

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Two Extraordinary CEOs Still Traveling the Continuous Leadership Improvement Road

March 23, 2016 0 Comments

Over the quarter-century I’ve been working with public and nonprofit chief executive officers, I’ve noticed that the ones who are really extraordinary leaders – whose leadership makes a tremendous positive difference over the long run – never rest on their laurels.  Traveling the executive self-improvement road helped them reach the top of their profession, but once they’ve taken the helm, … Read the rest

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Greenlight Pinellas: A Pothole on the Road to Ultimate Success

October 16, 2015 2 Comments
PSTA CEO Brad Miller

PSTA CEO Brad Miller

Residents of Pinellas County, Florida who, like me, are strong supporters of expanding public transportation options in this increasingly gridlocked metropolitan area were sorely disappointed in November 2014. Voters overwhelmingly defeated a ballot measure to fund – with a new 1 percent sales tax – a comprehensive transportation plan developed by Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) known as “Greenlight Pinellas.” Defeat of transportation tax issues has been quite common in Florida for years, but the magnitude of the Greenlight defeat was startling in light of the meticulously crafted plan and widespread support for the ballot issue … Read the rest

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Michael Melaniphy on 21st Century Leadership Challenges

April 16, 2015 0 Comments

melaniphy-headshot.jpgI was extremely pleased when APTA’s CEO Michael Melaniphy, who is a member of this blog’s CEO Advisory Committee, offered to spend around 30 minutes recording his thoughts for this fascinating podcast on the leadership challenges facing public transportation CEOs.  Of course, Michael is keenly aware that meeting these challenges – whether they relate to technological advances, new legislation, a community’s evolving needs, an altered political landscape, or other factors in this rapidly changing world – will more often than not require that the CEO to work in close partnership with her transportation board.  Engaging the board in a productive … 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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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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