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Responding to Employee Concerns

Co-op employees will at least occasionally bring complaints and concerns to the board or individual directors, yet the board itself is ill-suited for the task [...]

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Retail Operations Survey 2002 Report: Invest in Success

Available only as a PDF below, due to complexity of content. Prepared with the help of the Data Analyst Team* * Data analysis was carried [...]

GM Development Plan

    GM Development Plan by; Marilyn Scholl and Carolee Colter

Co-op General Manager Success Profile: GM Role Requires Core Competencies

By Carolee Colter, Lauren Olsen, Marilyn Scholl 183 Mar-Apr 2016 It takes a lot to manage a food co-op. Co-op general managers (GMs) are responsible [...]

Appreciating the Diversity of Member Needs and Motivations

By Marilyn Scholl 140 January - February - 2009 In my work with food co-op boards and staff over the past 30 years, one of [...]

POP Fosters Strong Relationships to Drive Growth of Co-ops

Many cooperatives have built their reputations on the strong connection that they have with people—their staff, owners and customers.  This special relationship is one of [...]

Video Field Guide: Four Pillars – Accountable Empowerment Part 2

Further explanation of the cycle of empowerment and accountability and how it functions on behalf of co-op owners.

Video Field Guide: The Four Policies

Video Field Guide: Four Pillars: Intro To Accountable Empowerment

Understand how accountable empowerment of the board and general manager works in practice.

Global Cooperation Starts with Local Momentum

Dame Pauline Green, the current president of the International Cooperative Alliance, is one of our cooperative heroes. Dame Green moves through the world as a [...]

By |January 1st, 2015|Categories: Solutions|Tags: , |

Systematic Growth for Expansions and Startups

From September-October 2014 When we talk about building a better world through cooperation, one of the best ways to act on it is to systematize [...]

By |September 2nd, 2014|Categories: Solutions|Tags: , |

What makes a workplace great?

Great workplaces are made, not born. They are the result of people working together as a team to achieve the objectives of the company they [...]

By |July 1st, 2014|Categories: Solutions|Tags: , |

Marilyn’s Pyramid of Participation

Marilyn Scholl, Manager CDS Consulting Co-op   Putney, VT   We can apply some very basic psychological frameworks to our work in growing Participation to [...]

Blueprint for a Co-operative Decade

By Marilyn Scholl, Art Sherwood 170 January - February 2014 The Blueprint for a Cooperative Decade is the overarching agenda for the ICA, its members, [...]

Four Pillars of Cooperative Governance

By Marilyn Scholl, Art Sherwood 170 January - February 2014 Great leaders demonstrate how to be a force for good in local communities and beyond. [...]

General Manager Contract Template

Updated: August 2nd, 2016 Every board of directors of a retail food cooperative should strive to be an excellent employer for their general manager, the [...]

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 [...]

Building a Strong Base: Group Process and Leadership

Shifting Gears to Governance

How We Got Here: A Co-op History

Marilyn Scholl, the manager of the CDS Consulting Co-op, (and not too proud to call herself the "designated co-op old fart") provides a succinct recap [...]