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Carm Basile and Steve Bland On Getting Ready To Work With a Board

February 3, 2016 0 Comments

The January 27 post at this blog – “How Ironic – and Dangerous!” – talks about how little attention has been paid to helping senior public transportation executives who are CEO-aspirants get ready to work with a board. This is really ironic when you consider that the single most important factor determining a public transportation CEO’s success – and longevity at the helm – is the board-CEO partnership, which is always fragile in the best of times. As I observe in the article, for every board-CEO relationship I’ve seen come to grief because of an operational performance problem, resulting in … 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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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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