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Growing Leaders from Within

By Melanie Reid 186 Sept-Oct 2016 As co-ops evolve and expand and our industry continuously changes, it’s important that we have mechanisms in place that [...]

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: Four Pillars: Intro To Accountable Empowerment

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

Open Book Management: Emerging lessons in the food co-op world

By Jeanie Wells 168 September-October 2013 Has your co-op considered Open Book Management? Chances are that even if you haven’t implemented it but have attended [...]

Our Legacy to the Next Generation of Cooperators

Embodiment equals expression. What we embody tends to be created. For example, if we want peace in the world, we can “fight” to get it, [...]

By |November 30th, 2011|Categories: Solutions|Tags: , |

Board Leadership Illustrated

Daily Operations: Fostering Staff Empowerment and Accountability

As we continue our year-long examination of the empowerment and accountability stream in food co-ops, the point in the sequence where the rubber really hits [...]

By |September 30th, 2011|Categories: Solutions|Tags: , |

Co-op Is Number One

It’s a simple and elegant concept: The co-op comes first. This is Diedrie Lang’s approach to decision-making that has helped her create a work culture [...]

By |September 30th, 2011|Categories: Solutions|Tags: , |

Case Study: Empowering Teams for Greater Leadership

People’s Food Co-op La Crosse, Wis. Year founded: 1973 Number of members:4,317 Equity investment:$100 individual, $25 to add one household member Number of staff: 125 [...]

Foster Operational Empowerment and Accountability for Growth

The query posed by conventional business leaders—can empowerment and accountability coexist?—is not a question food co-op managers generally ask. That’s because it’s an expectation. Cooperatives [...]

By |July 31st, 2011|Categories: Solutions|Tags: , , |

Cooperative Strategic Leadership Article

By Art Sherwood 157 November - December - 2011 There has been much discussion, debate and downright argument about the role of the board in [...]

Empowerment of the Board and Accountability of the GM

At this juncture in our series examining the empowerment and accountability stream in food co-ops, we understand that at all points along the way co-op [...]

By |May 31st, 2011|Categories: Solutions|Tags: , , |

Power Triggers, Seesaw Battles and Handcar Cooperation

By Art Sherwood 154 May - June - 2011 Most would agree that a healthy board-general manager relationship not only makes the co-op run more [...]

Boards Are Empowered by and Accountable to Members

Members are the foundation of all cooperatives. They are the source of capital and control as well as patronage of the co-op. The co-op’s purpose [...]

By |March 31st, 2011|Categories: Solutions|Tags: , |

Aggregating Power

This year Solutions is focused on the concept of the empowerment and accountability stream and how decisions are made in our cooperatives. For this issue, [...]

By |March 31st, 2011|Categories: Solutions|Tags: , |

Get in the Stream

We kick off the new year of issues of Solutions with the concept of the empowerment stream, and how decisions are made in our cooperatives. [...]

By |January 31st, 2011|Categories: Solutions|Tags: , |

Hiring and guiding a project manager/GM

When should you think about hiring? What should you look for? How to set up an accountable and empowering relationship? How to decide when hiring [...]

Empowerment + Accountability = Success (and Fun)

In mission-based organizations like co-ops, the empowerment of individuals and groups is highly valued. For groups carrying out projects in such associations, organizational process is [...]

By |January 1st, 2003|Categories: Solutions|Tags: , |

The Co-op Empowerment Stream

By Bill Gessner 063 March - April - 1996 Our cooperatives are truly empowering organizations, in origin and in practice, in vision and in mission, [...]