Monthly Archives: April 2015

Competitive Landscape Montage pt. II: THRIVE

By |2019-09-10T00:33:12+00:00April 8th, 2015|Cooperative Cafe|

Hear from 5 different GMs as they answer the question" What will it take for your co-op to thrive into the future?  What should we take with us?  What should we leave behind on the journey?" Rita York Hennecke, Community Mercantile, Lawrence, KS Dan Gillotte, Wheatsville Co-op, Austin, TX Steve Watts, Los Alamos Food Co-op, Los Alamos, MN Ben Kuzma, Boise Food Co-op, Boise, [...]

Competitive Landscape Montage pt. I: COMPETE

By |2019-09-10T00:33:32+00:00April 8th, 2015|Cooperative Cafe|

Hear from 5 co-op General Managers about what they see when they look out at the competitive landscape in their market. Rita York Hennecke, Community Mercantile, Lawrence, KS Dan Gillotte, Wheatsville Co-op, Austin, TX Steve Watts, Los Alamos Food Co-op, Los Alamos, MN Ben Kuzma, Boise Food Co-op, Boise, ID Tim Bartlett, Lexington Co-op Market, Buffalo, NY

Competition Plus Innovation Equals Excellence

By |2019-09-09T23:30:45+00:00April 8th, 2015|Cooperative Cafe|

For many years GreenStar Natural Foods Market “peacefully coexisted” with its local competition in Ithaca, New York. As more conventional grocers are wooing the natural food consumer with convenience and price points, the pressure is on. Brandon Kane, the co-op’s general manager has responded with a focus on community, diversity, collaboration and efficient operations. “We want to overcome our elitist perception,” Kane said, as [...]

4 Pillars of Cooperative Governance Self-Assessment Tool

By |2020-02-21T19:34:14+00:00April 7th, 2015|Develop Your Leaders|

Boards can use this survey tool to do a broad, self-assessment of their own work. It utilizes the 4 Pillars of Co-op Governance as an organizing lens with some broad, key characteristics to fit under each Pillar: Teaming, Accountable Empowerment, Strategic Leadership and Democracy. By asking team members to fill out the survey and then reviewing the data, a group can build a broader [...]

Co-ops THRIVING into the Future

By |2019-09-10T00:37:54+00:00April 7th, 2015|Cooperative Cafe|

Informed by the high-level perspective he has from working with a wide array of co-op boards throughout the U.S., Mark Goehring of CBLD fame, has some sage words for co-ops and cooperators everywhere.  He breaks his talk down into 4 key points: Roles, Transparency, Change, and Growing Co-ops vs. “Going Corporate.”  Mark discusses the question:  What is bold leadership going to look like?  In [...]

Community-Owned, That’s the Difference!

By |2019-09-10T00:39:42+00:00April 7th, 2015|Cooperative Cafe|

Sharon Murphy brings the motto of Whole Foods Co-op in Duluth, "Community Owned, that's the difference".  Learn how WFC has been able to sustain growth and expansion in service to their community of owners.  Store Manager Sarah Hannigan brings to bear her own background as a community organizer to her new task of managing a community-owned grocery co-op.