Monthly Archives: March 2014

Co-ops as Public Service Providers

By |2019-09-09T18:19:35+00:00March 31st, 2014|Cooperative Cafe|

John Sheller, Trustee PCC Natural Markets   Seattle, WA   John shares a unique perspective he brings to his board by way of his professional work as a manager of public libraries in the Seattle region. You may be surprised at how much overlap exists between a public library system and a community-ownd co-op. A fascinating watch!

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

By |2019-09-10T01:14:14+00:00March 30th, 2014|Grow Your Business|

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 more space. Adding a second store seems like a piece of cake, right? Not quite. Ask any leader of a food co-op that has made the leap from single to multi-store operations, and you will inevitably hear tales of [...]

Bad Apples in your Workplace?

By |2019-09-09T18:16:00+00:00March 4th, 2014|Build Workplace Culture|

"One bad apple spoils the barrel." Intuitively we know this maxim is true. Research at the University of Washington Business School affirms it. Will Felps, Terence Mitchell and Eliza Byington defined three types of bad apples: • Slackers who don't do their share of the work • Perennially unhappy pessimists • Mean-spirited bullies The researchers found that team members will first try moral suasion [...]

Great Idea: Get a Head Start on the Nominations Process

By |2019-09-09T18:08:15+00:00March 2nd, 2014|Develop Your Leaders|

The nominations committee of the Friendly City Food Co-op in Harrisonburg, Va. has been meeting since January to get a head start on the board nominations process. In addition to finding excellent candidates and improving the voting process, the co-op also wants to ensure it has contested elections. “Each year we are trying to be more proactive,” said Laura Toni-Holsinger, the board president. “I [...]

Featured Video: The Impact of Growth

By |2019-09-09T18:07:43+00:00March 2nd, 2014|Cooperative Cafe|

Chris Dilley, General Manager, Peoples Food Co-op, Kalamazoo, Mich. You won’t want to miss this video of Chris Dilley, general manager of Peoples Food Co-op in Kalamazoo, Mich. Dilley speaks very eloquently about the impact of their co-op’s growth on the community and as well as how growth has begun to create a conversation about greater access to healthy food for everyone. He spoke [...]