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Archive for April, 2015

Are Our Hands Really Tied That Tightly?

April 22, 2015 0 Comments

“Look, our hands are tied.  We’ve got to make do with the people they send us.”  This is what the CEO of a transportation authority said in a workshop on board capability building I was conducting a couple of years iStock_000020585606Largeago.  I’d made the pretty obvious point early in the meeting that boards of directors weren’t an abstract organizational entity; rather, they were living, breathing people, and that the quality of a board’s governing decisions were heavily dependent on the particular people making up the board at any given time.  Sure, I acknowledged, there were other important factors, like a … 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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