Our Cooperative Board Leadership Development (CBLD) team is gearing up for another great year of supporting your organization’s success through our award-winning CBLD program. Now in its 18th year, CBLD provides ongoing, annual board support that includes monthly consulting, facilitated board retreats, board training, and resource development. In the coming year, we’ll also be building upon our extensive online trainings and workshops to help [...]
Managing a food co-op takes a large and varied set of skills, some of which even a highly talented general manager might need help developing. With an updated curriculum and a roster of talented instructors, the GM Development Program provides both new and veteran GMs with the support and the tools they need to successfully manage and lead their food co-op.
The new year is a time for reflection and revision, and co-op boards are no exception. Whether your board has just decided to implement Policy Governance® or your board wants to refresh existing policies, the updated 2021 Policy Register Template provides a great opportunity to start these conversations.
For nearly a decade, the Columinate Co-op Cafe has been a way for workers, directors, consumer-owners, and leaders in the cooperative movement to gather, connect, learn, and tackle relevant issues. Although the Co-op Cafe looked a bit different in 2021, the event survived and, in some ways, even thrived in the face of adversity.
Download the CBL 101 Reader History, Principles, and Values “Cooperative Principles Updated,” by Ann Hoyt, available on p. 14 in the Reader. “Rochdale Pioneers and the Cooperative Principles,” by Brett Fairbairn. From The Meaning of Rochdale: the Rochdale Pioneers and the co-operative principles, (Canada: Centre for the Study of Co-operatives, University of Saskatchewan), 1994. Collective Courage: [...]
A Handful of Resources (among many possibilities) Video Postcards -- COMING SOON! CE Pugh - CEO - National Co+op Grocers Alissa Van Nort - Facilitator, Consultant, Mediator, Workshop Leader - Seewalk Group Leslie Watson - Governance, Startup Strategist - Columinate Cynefin framework: Cultivating Leadership’s video explainer on cynefin: “A Leader’s Framework for Decision-Making,” by David Snowden & Mary Boone, Harvard Business [...]
Research suggests that public speaking tops the list as the number-one fear-inducing activity for most people. Put that together with asking people for money, and you’ve got a potent combination for high anxiety.
It seems like many co-ops are either in the middle of, just finished, or are about to start a project. And all of those projects need adequate capital to be successful. Raising money from co-op owners has become a standard component of project capitalization and the amounts co-ops are raising has been growing.
In our digitally-connected universe, there has been an explosion of stories—and many of them come to us like processed food. Quick, canned, too many empty calories. So much of what people encounter in the form of news or stories about organizations or individuals feels inconsequential or insincere. All of us have experienced what that feels like, wading through an information overload to try to [...]