The Power of Board Perpetuation Planning

Board perpetuation is a key task for directors, and actively pursuing it throughout the year (and every year) creates a powerful influence in the quality [...]

Changing the Board Nominations Process

Ozark Natural Foods Fayetteville, Arkansas Year founded:  1971 Member investment:  $140 Number of members:  9,300 Number of staff:  97 Retail square feet:  9,000 Ozark Natural [...]

Officer Elections and Board Leadership

It is a well-known fact that those people who most want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it… anyone who [...]

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