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Setting a course for the next 40 years

Sebeslav took ownership of The Peanut Mill Natural Foods Market from his mother Antje Wirth in 2009, things were already in good shape.   Established in [...]

Don’t fall into the assistant manager ‘overflow bucket’ trap

We like rewarding good staff, so what do we do? We make them assistant department managers--even when the department only has two employees and does [...]

The Decision Matrix

By: Carolee Colter & Jeanie Wells   When an organization is going through rapid change, roles within the organization change, too, and not always in [...]

Work the Structure – It’s What Makes us Special

Staffing for a natural products store expansion

Your new store will have a bigger deli, more parking and a better floor plan. But will it have the staffing to support bigger and [...]

Expanding to a Multi-Store Co-op: Build capacity from the inside out

By Jeanie Wells 171 March-April 2014 Your market study promises great sales. Developers are wooing you into their properties. Staff and shoppers are clamoring for [...]

3 steps toward sustainable business growth

In the midst of growth, leaders may see that they are outgrowing their structure and systems but feel so overwhelmed that they can’t imagine stopping [...]

How to be a flexible yet practical employer

By Jeanie Wells Have individuals' preferences trumped your organization's needs? For example, is there inappropriate store support and coverage? Or, are there structural weaknesses that [...]

Organizational Structure Webinar

 

Who’s Driving the Bus? Bringing cooperation inside the store walls

By Carolee Colter, Jeanie Wells 162 September-October 2012 As we go about our work of assessing organizational structures and conducting employee surveys in food co-ops, [...]

Balancing Employer and Employees

By Jeanie Wells 159 March - April - 2012 Food co-ops are known for being compassionate employers. Unlike some of our big competitors in the [...]

Do you have a structure problem?

Sometimes what appears to be a performance problem—employees not doing the job up to your expectations—is actually a problem with the organizational structure of your [...]