Monthly Archives: March 2016

Co-op General Manager Success Profile: GM Role Requires Core Competencies

By |2019-09-06T23:37:35-04:00March 30th, 2016|

By Carolee Colter, Lauren Olsen, Marilyn Scholl 183 Mar-Apr 2016 It takes a lot to manage a food co-op. Co-op general managers (GMs) are responsible not only for the retail operations but also for budgeting, financial analysis, marketing, information technology, and human resources—functions that are provided by corporate headquarters to managers of chain stores. Co-op GMs, in addition to the demands of the business, [...]

Implementing a Livable Wage in a Competitive Market

By |2019-09-09T19:06:55-04:00March 30th, 2016|

By Sarah Dahl, Lauren Olson 183 Mar-Apr 2016 Half of National Co+op Grocers member co-ops surveyed are under pressure to increase staff wages, according to a 2015 report. This pressure is not unique to co-ops. With efforts led by groups such as Fight for 15 and dialogues at local, state, and federal levels about minimum wage, there is a national spotlight on increasing wages. [...]

What if…Co-ops Were Courageous Leaders?

By |2019-09-09T19:07:27-04:00March 28th, 2016|

Lizzy Haywood, CEO of the newly expanded People's Food Co-op in LaCrosse and Rochester, asks tough questions and shares her vision for some of the pathways to the future for co-ops. Let's imagine together with Lizzy what we could all accomplish with bold leadership.

What Will Our Co-ops Lead us To?

By |2019-09-09T19:08:05-04:00March 28th, 2016|

Holly Fearing, Board Member at Willy Street Cooperative in Madison, WI breaks down the barriers to being strategic, making hard choices, and being fearless. And beware the 'killer but'!

Leading From Vulnerability

By |2019-09-09T19:09:55-04:00March 24th, 2016|

In this short presentation Alex Stone, of CooperationWorks!, expresses the importance of knowing vulnerability. Especially in a leadership position.

Effective Leadership and Self-Awareness

By |2019-09-09T19:11:12-04:00March 24th, 2016|

Michelle Oliver from Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op says that being a leader requires knowing yourself. Know your strengths and know your weaknesses. Understand where you need support and ask for it.

The Magic of Commitment

By |2019-09-09T19:11:56-04:00March 22nd, 2016|

Weaver Street Market General Manager Ruffin Slater on the Magic of Commitment. Ruffin shares what he sees as the power of making a commitment and all that follows from making a decision.

Alignment: Members, Co-op, and Market

By |2019-09-09T19:13:10-04:00March 21st, 2016|

Brett Fairbairn, co-op thought-leader, breaks down what it looks like when the co-op, it's members, and the marketplace are not in alignment and why it's so important that they all be in alignment.

Association and Enterprise

By |2019-09-09T19:13:57-04:00March 21st, 2016|

In this MUST WATCH video Brett Fairbairn breaks down the definition of a cooperative and the significance of the words "enterprise" and "association" in the definition.

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