Board Development By Design

by | Jan 15, 2015 | Board Capacity Building, Board Savvy Transit CEO Blog Archive

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 being part-time, unpaid volunteers when they’re wearing their transportation board hats, “are highly unlikely to have either the time or the in-depth knowledge to spearhead systematic board development.”

Here’s a link to the article:  You’ll find discussions of the key elements of board capacity building and of the retreat as a very effective board development tool.  The power of well-designed and executed board-CEO-executive team retreats as a vehicle for strengthening the board’s governing role, structure and processes was brought home – once again – this past weekend, when I facilitated a daylong “High-Impact Governing Work Session” for the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority (BJCTA).  Be on the lookout for a podcast that will appear within the next couple of weeks at, featuring the BJCTA Board Chair and CEO talking about why the work session was held and what it accomplished.

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