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Renew Commitment, Re-Imagine Ends

Turbulent times in the marketplace start to resemble the peaks and valleys of the desert landscape for one Southwest food co-op. In this succinct and [...]

By |November 15th, 2016|Categories: Cooperative Cafe, Video|Tags: |

Including Members in the Ends Dialogues

How is your board spending its time? It’s easy to get caught up in the delegation and accountability portion of a board’s job.  Yet there’s [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Co-op’s Ends Encompass Community Vision

As the Neighborhood Co-op Grocery in Carbondale, Ill. grew over the years, the role of the board had also changed exponentially. This prompted the board [...]

By |January 4th, 2015|Categories: Connections|Tags: , |

Case Study: Telling the Co-op’s Story through the Ends

City Market Onion River Co-op Burlington, VT Year founded: 1973 Member investment: $200 equity Number of members: 10,000 Retail square feet: 12,000 Number of employees: [...]

Articulate Co-op Purpose and Meaning through Strategic Leadership

What would happen if everyone in a whole community understood their role in achieving a common purpose? It’s not hard to imagine that lots of [...]

Strategic Leadership is a Cooperative Effort

By Art Sherwood 172 May-June 2014 Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change [...]

Wheatsville’s BIG Direction: Making the Ends Real

By Dan Gillotte, Rose Marie Klee 166 May-June 2013 In Austin, Texas, Wheatsville Co-op is taking a BIG Direction: "Business Is Good." Wheatsville's BIG Direction [...]

New in the CBLD Library: Ends to Ends Strategic Process – an Online Recorded Workshop

In a democratic organization like a cooperative, it is vital that the owners’ voices come through to the co-op leadership. In the Ends to Ends [...]

By |December 2nd, 2012|Categories: Connections|Tags: , |

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 [...]

Ends to Ends Strategic Process

Chapters: Overview Ends to Interpretation Interpretations to Strategic Planning Planning to Action Ends Reporting Communicating Ends Accomplishment Note: Click to view all chapters      

Writing Ends Policies

Where we are headed matters. If we don’t know where we are going any road will do. A primary responsibility of a board is to [...]

New in the Library: De-Mystifying Ends

By Michael Healy and Nina Johnson Accountability is a key ingredient in a healthy democratically controlled cooperative, and clearly crafted policy is a first step [...]

By |September 2nd, 2012|Categories: Connections|Tags: , |

De-Mystifying Ends

Table of Contents (links to youtube) Chapter 1: Governance = Accountability and Empowerment Chapter 2: Understanding Ends and their Role in PG Chapter 3: How [...]

Measuring Ends, Telling Our Story

By Michael Healy 159 March - April - 2012 Why does the work of measuring the co-op's accomplishments and telling the co-op's story matter? Cooperative [...]

Connecting Ends to Annual Report

Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op, Middlebury, Vt. Jay Leshinsky, president of the board of Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op, thinks it is critical that the information the [...]

By |July 2nd, 2011|Categories: Connections|Tags: , |

GM Report Support 01: Ends Panel Discussion

Panelists: Clem Nilan, Onion River/City Market, Burlington VT Glenn Bergman, Weavers Way, Philadelphia Tim Bartlett, Lexington Co-op, Buffalo Kari Bradley, Hunger Mountain, Montpelier, VT Lori [...]

Case Study: Listening Project Empowers Board and Management Next Steps

Whole Foods Co-op Duluth, Minn. Year founded: 1970 Number of members: 6,000 Equity investment: $100 Number of staff: 86 Retail square feet: 7,500 When the [...]

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

Acting on Ends Reports

When a board receives an Ends monitoring report from their manager, a thoughtful process can transform the report from just another document to file away [...]