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Tag: Doug Eadie

4 Board-Savvy CEOs Discuss Preparing CEO-Aspirants to Take the Helm

June 21, 2022 0 Comments

When CEO-aspirants take the helm of a transit authority, among the stiffest challenges they face is building a solid partnership with their new board.  There is wide agreement in the field of transit governance that the single most lethal threat to a newly minted CEO’s professional success and longevity in the C-Suite  is a shaky working relationship with the board that can’t withstand the normal stresses and strains at the top.  So our readers who are CEO-aspirants – along with CEOs who are interested in fine-tuning and strengthening the partnership with their board – will want to watch the video … Read the rest

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CEO Leadership on the Governance Front:  Reflections on an Emerging New Model

March 24, 2022 0 Comments

This is how the chief executive officer of a large, urban public transit system responded to my question about engaging his board in the annual budget preparation process in a one-on interview kicking off a board development project a decade ago.

“What’s the process for engaging my board members in shaping the annual budget document before taking action on it?  I’m not sure what you mean by that question.  As CEO, I’m accountable for getting a complete, carefully prepared budget to the board at least six weeks before the end of the fiscal year. My board’s accountable for doing a Read the rest

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Creating Board Development Champions

March 10, 2022 0 Comments

You might recall that a year or so ago, we posted two articles on the subject of board capacity building – what is popularly known as board development.  Our March 25, 2021 post makes the case for launching formal board development initiatives and describes the key elements of board development:  https://boardsavvytransitceo.com/solving-the-board-development-puzzle-the-what-and-the-why/ .  Our April 14, 2021 post describes two vehicles for developing your board’s governing capacity  – the daylong governance retreat and the governance task force that meets five or six times:  https://boardsavvytransitceo.com/solving-the-board-development-puzzle-the-how/.

Both vehicles have proved to be highly reliable vehicles when provided with strong executive support, but … Read the rest

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A Rock-Solid Board President-CEO Leadership Team at Work at GCRTA

March 4, 2022 0 Comments

In the video interview we recently recorded, Rev. Charles Lucas, Board President, and India Birdsong, General Manager/CEO, of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority describe the close, positive, and highly productive partnership they’ve developed.  It is indicative of a striking development in the rapidly evolving field of public transit governance:  the recognition that a really solid board chair-CEO leadership team is critical to the CEO’s success, to the authority’s performance, and to its image in the community.  GCRTA is in the vanguard of the growing number of public transit authorities led by dynamic chair-CEO duos.

This recognition is a latecomer … Read the rest

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SEPTA’s Leslie Richards:  Passionate Out of the Box Innovator-in-Chief

December 18, 2021 0 Comments

What I call “out of the box” innovation is the road less traveled for many if not most public and nonprofit organizations for a number reasons.  Out of the box innovation focuses on addressing issues – change challenges in the form of both problem and opportunities – that force an organization outside the “box” of its current mission and operating plan/budget.   Perhaps the most formidable barrier making this kind of innovation the exception to the rule is the very normal human resistance to significant change.  But a close second is the absence of really strong, hands-on chief executive leadership.  I’ve … Read the rest

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Boosting the Governing IQ of the CEO-Aspirants on Your Executive Team

November 4, 2021 0 Comments

In the video interview that’s featured in the October 26 post at this blog, “WeGo Public Transit’s Steve Bland:  a Consummate Board-Savvy CEO in Action,” Steve makes a strong point of his passionate commitment to mentoring members of his executive team who aspire to take the helm of a transit authority at some point in their career.  A major objective of what I call “Steve Bland U,” according to Steve, is getting his CEO-aspirants ready to build a truly rock-solid partnership with their board.  Since building and maintaining a really close, positive, and productive board-CEO working relationship is, in my … Read the rest

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WeGo Public Transit’s Steve Bland:  A Consummate Board-Savvy CEO in Action

October 26, 2021 0 Comments

As you’ll learn from the video interview I recently recorded with Steve Bland, Chief Executive Officer of WeGo Public Transit in Nashville, Steve is a veritable master of the high-stakes, tremendously complex, and rapidly evolving field of public transit governance.  Over the course of his quarter-century at the helm of four transit authorities, Steve has demonstrated that he’s in the forefront of a growing number of transit CEOs who make governance – particularly the partnership with their board – a top tier chief executive priority.  These really “board-savvy” transit CEOs are firmly committed to strong board leadership that goes well … Read the rest

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Joanna M. Pinkerton Leads a Panel Discussion on “Building a Solid Board-CEO Partnership”

June 21, 2021 0 Comments

I’m pleased to share the new video interview that our colleague Joanna M. Pinkerton, President/CEO of the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA), recently recorded for www.boardsavvytransitceo.com.  Joanna leads a panel discussion on my and Dave Stackrow’s new book, Building a Solid Board-CEO Partnership: A Practical Guidebook for Transit Board Members, CEOs, and CEO-Aspirants. The panelists are Jeff Arndt, President and CEO, VIA Metropolitan Transit Authority (San Antonio); Steve Bland, CEO of Nashville MTA; and Nat Ford, CEO of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority. After I describe the book’s intended audience and takeaways, and explain why Dave and I wrote the … Read the rest

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Your Board Chair:  a Primo Stakeholder You Neglect at Your Peril

May 20, 2021 0 Comments

The special board work session had been scheduled to consider a key recommendation coming out of the daylong board-CEO-executive team governance retreat three  weeks earlier: replacing the board’s dysfunctional silo committees (e.g.,  paratransit services) with committees aligned with the board’s broad governing functions (e.g., strategic and operational planning).  Not long into the session, the CEO realized that her preparation had been  fatally flawed.  When five particularly obstreperous board members launched a full-bore attack on the recommended structure, the CEO expected the board chair to join her in beating back the attack.  Alas, he sat back quietly, leaving her alone at … Read the rest

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Solving the Board Development Puzzle:  the How

April 14, 2021 0 Comments

Our readers might recall that the March 25 post at this blog dealt with two pieces of the board development puzzle:  WHAT does board development mean?  WHY is it critical that the CEO spearhead board development, wearing the Board Developer-in-Chief hat?  The post points out that your transit board – like any other formal organization – can be consciously and systematically developed into an organization more capable of carrying out its mission:  to govern your authority.  Of course, board development is an ongoing function because the field of transit governance is continuously evolving.  Another important point the post makes is … Read the rest

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