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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 [...]

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 [...]

Stakeholder Engagement is Vital to Co-op Alignment

Seward Community Co-op opened two new business units back-to-back in the late summer and early fall of 2015.  Part of that opening process for the [...]

Strategic Alignment of Board and Co-op Owners

When we examine the process of alignment and how it works, it seems straightforward. For example, board and management come together for learning and discussion [...]

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Case Study: Exponential Ownership Growth Through Organizational Alignment

Three Rivers Market Knoxville, Tenn. Year founded: 1981; 2005 incorporated as a co-op Member investment: $200 Fair Share Number of members: 5,156 Retail square feet: [...]

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Case Study: Outpost’s “High Five”

Outpost Natural Foods Milwaukee, Wisconsin Year founded: 1970 Member investment: $200 class 1 share Number of members: 18,000 Number of employees: 360 Number of locations: [...]

Strategic Alignment of Board and GM

Of all the important relationships in a cooperative, the one between the general manager and the board is arguably the most critical to the co-op’s [...]

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 [...]

The Growth Roadway

By Art Sherwood 163 November-December 2012 Expansion and growth are on the minds of many cooperative board and management leaders. And this makes sense, since [...]

Board and Management Alignment: It Takes a Powerful Alliance to Get to the Next Level

The board and management relationship at a co-op is not unlike other primary relationships we have in our lives. In order for it to work [...]