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29th Jul, 2010

Building a Successful Board-GM Relationship

By |2019-08-21T20:36:00-04:00July 29th, 2010|

Presented by Art Sherwood & Todd Wallace CBLD Board Consultants   Panelists Amy Holt - Board President Lexington Co-op Market Buffalo, NY Rose Marie Klee - Board President Wheatsville Food Co-op Austin, TX George Huntington - GM Bloomingfoods Bloomington, IN Lori Burge - Development Mgr. People's Food Co-op Portland, OR    

16th Nov, 2014

Reinventing our Cooperative Democracy: A Conversation

By |2019-09-10T01:03:16-04:00November 16th, 2014|

By Art Sherwood, Todd Wallace 175 November-December 2014 In 2013, the International Cooperative Alliance, in its “Blueprint for a Cooperative Decade,” identified the elevating of participation as a key component of its 2020 Vision for more and stronger cooperatives. The “Blueprint” states that, “Democratic member participation is the best-known feature of the co-operative way of doing business and a major part of what characterizes [...]

19th Oct, 2012

Reporting During Expansion

By |2020-04-27T17:32:31-04:00October 19th, 2012|

Boards delegate to their GM the task of effectively managing the co-op’s operations, which requires a clear system of accountability to ensure the GM is doing this job well. How can a board and GM maintain this system of delegation and accountability during the more risky and busy time of an expansion project? How can the board be sure that good financial management continues [...]

3rd Aug, 2012

Dealing Responsibly with Operational Concerns

By |2021-07-27T10:58:09-04:00August 3rd, 2012|

Directors who are diligently trying to fulfill their fiduciary duty regularly notice things within their co-op that may be cause for concern – or at least worth asking about. At the same time, these same directors want to honor the Board’s clear delegation to the GM and that GM’s professional judgment. How can responsible directors do both? This Field Guide will outline an approach [...]

7th Feb, 2012

Using EL monitoring reports as the basis of a strategic conversation

By |2021-12-21T10:28:07-05:00February 7th, 2012|

This process is a variation of the one described in the “Boards Acting on Ends Reports” Field Guide. Not all limitations monitoring reports will warrant this extra attention, but sometimes this approach can elevate the board’s monitoring work from basic fiduciary oversight into a more meaningful strategic conversation. Along with determining whether the report demonstrates reasonable accomplishment, the board can use a structured process [...]

12th Feb, 2015

Grab and Go Governance

By |2019-09-10T00:48:34-04:00February 12th, 2015|

  Ever had someone ask that simple question: What is the board's job anyway? and wondered where to start? The CDS Consulting Co-op model for cooperative governance, the Four Pillars of Cooperative Governance can help! We identify four pillars built on a foundation of Cooperative Identity that lead to the success of the cooperative. Each piece helps tell the story of the board's job. At the top is Success of [...]

4th Jan, 2014

Four Pillars of Cooperative Governance

By |2021-12-28T18:42:23-05:00January 4th, 2014|

By Marilyn Scholl, Art Sherwood 170 January - February 2014 Great leaders demonstrate how to be a force for good in local communities and beyond. Our cooperative heroes—the Rochdale Pioneers—were striking weavers who opened a grocery co-op in 1844 in Rochdale, England, to help themselves and others get free from indebtedness to the company store. The Pioneers asked and answered some compelling questions: Shouldn’t [...]

2nd Jan, 2014

New Governance Model: The Four Pillars of Cooperative Governance

By |2021-12-28T10:50:53-05:00January 2nd, 2014|

The cooperative board room does not share all the same purposes as investor-owned corporation or nonprofit boards. Co-ops are organized to benefit their owners, and that is more important than a financial return on investment. We have been asking ourselves if there should be a model of cooperative governance and if so, what would it need to look like to support and drive forward [...]

3rd Nov, 2013

Great Idea: Sharing the Leadership Role

By |2019-09-10T20:13:54-04:00November 3rd, 2013|

As well as being a consultant with CDS Consulting Co-op, Art Sherwood is the board president at Bloomingfoods Market & Deli in Bloomington, IN and is heading into his third and last term as president. As he thought about how to prepare others to take on the role, he believes that alignment is as important to leadership as it is to perpetuation. “My approach [...]

16th Jul, 2013

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 [...]

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