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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 [...]

What is Board Holism or Speaking with One Voice?

When the members elect and delegate the board to act on behalf of all members, the delegation is to the board, not to individual directors. [...]

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Creating Board Holism in Board Communication

Here are a few examples of recurring board processes:  nominations, recruiting and elections; GM evaluation; GM compensation; board self-evaluation; setting board priorities; agenda planning; officers [...]

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Committee Charters Field Guide

All board committees should have a charter – a description of the committee’s purpose and authority. One person, generally the board secretary, should have primary [...]

On Board with Participation

No chain grocery store could ever be as woven into the fabric of its community as a co-op. Boards can help their co-ops leverage this [...]

Why This Board President Loves Attending CCMA (and wants to meet you!)

Mike Collura has been on the board of the East End Food Co-op in Pittsburgh, Pa. since 2006, and has been president of the board [...]

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 [...]

Baking Bread, Building Bonds

Jon McDonald, Bread Baker and Board Member at Weaver Street Market in North Carolina shares his views on leadership and collaboration through the lenses of [...]

Focus, Alignment, and Vision Around Ends

Steve Breckheimer, Board Member at Hendersonville Community Co-op in Hendersonville, NC describes two different versions of what alignment can look like and why alignment is [...]

Leading From Vulnerability

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

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 [...]

Update: GMO Labeling Advocates Bring Opposing Side to Negotiating Table

Last year was a pivotal time for the GMO labeling movement. Federal agencies approved several new genetically modified foods, including AquAdvantage salmon—the first GMO animal [...]

Video Field Guide: Tips for Facilitating Board Meetings

Michael Healy and Mark Goehring are shooting the breeze in this casual (and short) video recording featuring some great pointers for boards and meeting facilitators [...]

Video Field Guide: Board Self-Monitoring

Video Field Guide: The Always Appoint Principle

Video Field Guide: Introduction to the Four Pillars

Succinct introduction to the Four Pillars of Cooperative Governance: Teaming, Accountable Empowerment, Democracy and Strategic Leadership, and how these concepts strengthen co-ops and communities. This [...]

Orienting New Directors

An effective orientation for new directors can help your board quickly integrate and benefit from the contributions of its newest members – shortening and decreasing [...]

Video Field Guide: What is the Governance Position?

Video Field Guide: Board Self-Evaluation

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 [...]