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 enable employees to see career pathways within our organizations. Opportunities to learn new things and grow within the organization are important for everyone on the [...]

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 a food co-op conference in the past three years, you have heard talk about Open Book Management. That’s because it has been slowly but steadily [...]

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, which isn’t necessarily a peaceful activity, or we can demonstrate what peace looks like by showing respect for others in interactions large and small. Likewise, [...]

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

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 the road is in the day-to-day functioning of the co-op’s operations. This is the stage in the cycle where the vision gets implemented in myriad [...]

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 at Kootenay Co-op that is based on mutual respect and transparency. If everyone understands that their number one priority is the continual improvement of the [...]

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 Retail square feet:13,200 ­including Hackberry’s restaurant At People’s Food Co-op in La Crosse, Wis., General Manager Michelle Schry leads a management team that has had [...]

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 are, by design, organizations that are based on democratic principles that assign empowerment and accountability to its participants. The ideal consideration is not to posit [...]

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