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Personalities and Performance: Appreciating Differences with Help from Myers-Briggs Assessments

By Joel Kopischke #187 Nov.-Dec 2016 There is no shortage of stressors for people involved in co-ops today. With challenging economic and political conditions added [...]

Video Field Guide: What? So What? Now What?

Use Joel K's quick and easy method for debriefing any event with your board in order to make sure the wisdom and connections you gained [...]

Nominating Board Candidates

“Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.” -- Thomas Jefferson “You have to remember one thing about [...]

Servant Leadership and Cooperation

By Joel Kopischke 167 July-August 2013 “SERVANT AND LEADER. Can these two roles be fused in one real person, in all levels of status or [...]

Four Pillars of Cooperative Governance Part 2

By Marilyn Scholl, Joel Kopischke 171 March-April 2014 In the January/February 2014 issue of Cooperative Grocer magazine, we introduced the Four Pillars of Cooperative Governance [...]

Expansion Projects: Preparing your co-op for successful growth

With Appearances by: Bill Gessner, Expansion Consultant, CDS Consulting Co-op John Hatton, Board Chair, Brattleboro Food Co-op Alex Gyori, GM, Brattleboro Food Co-op Hether Jonna, Board [...]

Policy Governance FAQ

by Nina Johnson and Joel Kopischke Policy Governance® (sometimes abbreviated herein as “PG”) is a comprehensive model whereby governing boards establish their values and expectations [...]

Taking Care of Board Fundamentals

By Joel Kopischke 164 Jan-Feb 2013 As cooperative boards strive for heavenly results, they need to be sure the devil is not in the details. [...]

Writing Ends Policies

Where we are headed matters. If we don’t know where we are going any road will do. A primary responsibility of a board is to [...]

Meeting Guidelines for Guests

Board meetings are at the heart of board work and well-run, productive meetings are an important part of the foundation for any good board. Meetings [...]

Policy Governance Implementation

This Field Guide outlines the basic steps, timeline, and critical factors for successful implementation of Policy Governance (sometimes referred to herein as “PG”). When implementing [...]

Building a Positive Board Performance Culture 2 of 2

Building a positive board performance culture takes continuous work and vigilance on the part of the board. Part I explored the vital concepts of Shared [...]

Co-op Connections II

Paul Hazen, CEO, National Cooperative Business Association (and UN International Year of the Cooperative) Charles Gould, Director General, International Cooperative Alliance Robynn Shrader, CEO, National Cooperative Grocers Association [...]

From Cool Ideas to Cooler Results: Study and engagement supports board strategic leadership

By Joel Kopischke 155 July - August - 2011 Serving on a board has been some of the most rewarding work I’ve done in my [...]

Agenda Planning

Agendas are an important tool for planning and implementing efficient and effective Board work and they take different forms when applied to different time scopes—Monthly [...]

Building a Positive Board Performance Culture 1 of 2

Imagine a board that moves positively forward with a shared understanding of board purpose; following their own words about how they will operate and doing [...]

Co-op Connections

Panelists: Paul Hazen, CEO, National Cooperative Business Association (and UN International Year of the Cooperative) Charles Gould, Director General, International Cooperative Alliance Robynn Shrader, CEO, [...]