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Creating Cooperative Resiliency

By Thane Joyal #187 Nov.-Dec 2016 Conflict happens. Co-ops have always faced conflict, whether in the boardroom, in member meetings, through social media and email, [...]

    Making the most of CBLD II

    First up will be a short series, on making the most of the CBLD program. This series will both share examples of how to achieve [...]

    Making the Most of CBLD I

    First up will be a short series, on making the most of the CBLD program. This series will both share examples of how to achieve [...]

    Governance Considerations in Multi-Store Co-ops

    We’re in a position not unlike the years after WWII when the small grocery cooperatives began to fold in the wake of full service supermarkets [...]

    Board Decisions Between Meetings

    By Michael Healy, CBLD Board Consultant As a general practice, boards should avoid making decisions between regular meetings. A large part of the value of [...]

    When and Who to Hire (or Contract) for Startups

    As a new co-op project progresses through the 3 stages of the development process and the workload and complexity of the co-op development process increases, [...]

    Central / Tacoma Co-op Merger

    In this super-short video General Manager at Central Co-op in Seattle, Dan Arnett, takes us through the leadership and engagement required to successfully approve a [...]

    Leading From Vulnerability

    In this short presentation Alex Stone, of CooperationWorks!, expresses the importance of knowing vulnerability. Especially in a leadership position.

    Effective Leadership and Self-Awareness

    Michelle Oliver from Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op says that being a leader requires knowing yourself. Know your strengths and know your weaknesses. Understand where you [...]

    Facing Difficult Challenges with Courage

    Steve Maviglio, Board Member at Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, shares two stories of the Sac board facing difficult challenges and how they overcame them. From [...]

    The Magic of Commitment

    Weaver Street Market General Manager Ruffin Slater on the Magic of Commitment. Ruffin shares what he sees as the power of making a commitment and [...]

    Alignment: Members, Co-op, and Market

    Brett Fairbairn, co-op thought-leader, breaks down what it looks like when the co-op, it's members, and the marketplace are not in alignment and why it's [...]

    Association and Enterprise

    In this MUST WATCH video Brett Fairbairn breaks down the definition of a cooperative and the significance of the words "enterprise" and "association" in the [...]

    Board Leadership Development Starts with Commitment to Good Governance

    Monadnock Food Co-op staff with board president, Kathy Burke (dressed as a beet) The Monadnock Food Co-op in Keene, New Hampshire has only [...]

    Leadership is Core of Effective Co-op Governance

    La Montañita Co-op Food Market has long been feeling the pressure of a competitive marketplace, and their response has been to look at ways they [...]

    Components of a Successful System of Accountable Empowerment

    Accountable Empowerment It is always important for a co-op board of directors to have good systems of accountability in place to provide proper and strategic [...]

    Speaking out about the Cooperative Statement of Identity

    Bylaws Basics I + II

    Mergers and Acquisitions

    Martha Whitman tells the story of La Montanitas experience with growth through acquiring stores in new markets.  Watch and learn about the leadership of the [...]

    Tuning up Operations for the New Normal

    In Tucson, AZ competition is ramping up and the leaders at Food Conspiracy are taking decisive action. Hear from GM Kelley Kriner about the steps [...]