Monthly Archives: July 2013

How strong is your leadership team?

By |2019-09-10T20:31:24-04:00July 22nd, 2013|

Empowering your department heads and helping them work together results in happier, more supported employees overall. In any business, the leadership team creates the support network for accomplishing day-to-day tasks. This frees leaders to create and communicate the business vision, interact with the larger community and plan for the future. However, just because a group is labeled as a "team" doesn't mean it will [...]

Servant Leadership and Cooperation

By |2019-09-10T20:30:48-04:00July 16th, 2013|

By Joel Kopischke 167 July-August 2013 “SERVANT AND LEADER. Can these two roles be fused in one real person, in all levels of status or calling? If so, can that person live and be productive in the real world of the present? My sense of the present leads me to say yes to both ­questions.” – Robert Greenleaf, in his revised edition of “The [...]

Featured Video: Amy Fields—The Northeast Network

By |2019-09-10T20:28:33-04:00July 2nd, 2013|

In this six-minute video Amy Fields, general manager of Eastside Food Co-op in northeast Minneapolis, describes the creation of their community participation project, Northeast Network. For more than three years, the co-op has hosted a monthly morning meeting to dig into topics important to their neighborhood. Creating the network was part of the co-op’s desire to expand beyond its immediate network and build neighborhood [...]

Strategic Alignment of Board and GM

By |2019-09-10T20:26:56-04:00July 1st, 2013|

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 long-term success. If the basic elements of trust and accountability are lacking for either party, chances of working together will be fraught with conflict or misunderstanding. It will be hard for the co-op to grow or move forward, and [...]

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