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5th Nov, 2018

Study Guide for Cooperative Values:  Fostering Racial and Economic Equity in Cooperatives

By |2019-09-09T15:56:18-04:00November 5th, 2018|

Discussing each principle and value through the lens of racial and economic equity will provide a starting point for promoting a more inclusive and effective movement. This is a resource for boards of directors, management teams, and study groups who especially want to explore the impact of dominate white culture on co-ops, and who want to find a way to create a dialogue to [...]

5th Nov, 2018

Study Guide for Cooperative Principles: Fostering Racial and Economic Equity in Cooperatives

By |2021-12-28T10:40:00-05:00November 5th, 2018|

Discussing each principle and value through the lens of racial and economic equity will provide a starting point for promoting a more inclusive and effective movement. This is a resource for boards of directors, management teams, and study groups who especially want to explore the impact of dominate white culture on co-ops, and who want to find a way to create a dialogue to [...]

20th Jan, 2021

Gender Equity Project

By |2022-03-09T14:46:31-05:00January 20th, 2021|

Despite cooperatives' history of commitment to values of social progress, our recent study of the General Manager Compensation Database reveals that grocery co-op General Managers who identify as female are paid significantly less than their male counterparts. We'll be sharing our findings over the coming year, but our work doesn't end in bringing this to light. Launched in early [...]

2nd Jan, 2022

Trust and Betrayal in the Board/Manager Relationship

By |2022-02-01T12:59:24-05:00January 2nd, 2022|

When something happens that breaks that trust, how do you move forward? How can you build, repair, and maintain trust?  A new online workshop, Trust and Betrayal in the Board/Manager Relationship, delves into the ways boards and general managers can build and repair trust.

29th Nov, 2015

The Decision Matrix

By |2019-09-09T19:31:31-04:00November 29th, 2015|

By: Carolee Colter & Jeanie Wells   When an organization is going through rapid change, roles within the organization change, too, and not always in a consciously thought-through manner. Expansions can result in forming new layers of positions. For example, opening a second store creates the necessity for new approaches to buying. Relocating to a new facility with a much-expanded food service leads to [...]

10th Mar, 2022

The Gender Equity Project: One Year Later

By |2022-03-11T09:10:03-05:00March 10th, 2022|

In February 2021, Columinate launched its Gender Equity Project in response to findings that grocery co-op general managers (GMs) who identify as female are paid significantly less than their male counterparts. We talked with project lead and Columinate consultant Carolee Colter to learn how the Gender Equity Project is going, one year after its inception.

15th Sep, 2021

How Cooperatives Can Navigate Hiring Challenges

By |2022-02-01T11:22:49-05:00September 15th, 2021|

It is well-known that the U.S. labor market has been especially volatile this year. Co-ops are not immune from this. To learn more about the current co-op hiring environment, we connected with Columinate member-consultants Melanie Reid and Carolee Colter.

22nd Feb, 2021

The Care Interview

By |2021-12-08T10:58:32-05:00February 22nd, 2021|

Carolee Colter and Mark Mulcahy previously presented a series of webinars for Canadian Health Food Association on “The Rewards of a Burnout-free Workplace.” They recommended that store owners and managers hold “Care Interviews” built on five questions, with each of their staff members. Here’s how a Care Interview might go.

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