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28th Jul, 2021

Discussion and Process Guide for GM Evaluation

By |2022-01-21T17:00:35-05:00July 28th, 2021|

This discussion and process guide is meant to accompany other documents related to General Manager evaluation in the Columinate library. Please reference these documents, and confer with your CBLD consultant where appropriate to devise a system that works for your cooperative. This process is based on the CBLD Policy Template D4 - Evaluating the GM. If your board has a different policy, be sure to follow the policy you have.

28th Jul, 2021

Discussion and Process Guide for GM Compensation

By |2022-03-22T13:10:53-04:00July 28th, 2021|

This discussion guide is meant to accompany the process for setting General Manager Compensation as set forth in documents in the Columinate library. Please discuss this process with your CBLD consultant to find an approach that works for your cooperative. This process is based on the CBLD Policy Template C2 - The Board’s Job. If your board has a different policy, be sure to follow the policy you have.

28th Jun, 2013

General Manager Contract Template

By |2020-01-14T22:43:40-05:00June 28th, 2013|

Updated: August 2nd, 2016 Every board of directors of a retail food cooperative should strive to be an excellent employer for their general manager, the person who is responsible for the success of the cooperative. Clear expectations are part of being a good employer and contracts are one possible tool that boards can use to clarify expectations and provide for terms of separation. Contracts [...]

2nd Mar, 2015

Policy Governance Quick Guide

By |2020-01-29T16:49:08-05:00March 2nd, 2015|

Policy Governance is an operating system for boards of directors. As with operating systems for computers, the system itself is not the point of the board’s work; the system simply provides an underlying framework on which boards can build further agreements and activities. Policy Governance does not mandate specific decisions, but does highlight the kinds of decisions a board should make. These decisions include [...]

3rd Jul, 2019

Cooperative Board Leadership Development Program (CBLD)

By |2021-12-22T14:19:41-05:00July 3rd, 2019|

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 [...]

20th Jan, 2021

Incorporating Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Into Board Policies: A CBLD Field Guide

By |2022-02-09T11:04:01-05:00January 20th, 2021|

Many cooperatives, social justice organizations, and businesses have begun to directly confront their own role in the social systems that perpetuate racism and inequity. Boards of directors who use Policy Governance®  should feel empowered to use their policy document to clarify their expectations around the work of dismantling systems of racism and oppression.

13th May, 2021

GM Development Program

By |2022-05-10T15:21:03-04:00May 13th, 2021|

Leaders in the co-op industry have long identified the challenge of finding General Managers with the skills to successfully lead a co-op. Even the best candidate in a board’s qualified candidate pool likely lacks some of the skills necessary to lead and manage a successful food co-op. Columinate’s experienced team of grocery retail experts is well qualified to address [...]

4th Jan, 2015

The Coming Wave: We will need to fill more GM positions than ever before

By |2019-09-10T00:53:17-04:00January 4th, 2015|

By Carolee Colter 176 January-February 2015 As we all know, the baby boom generation is hitting retirement age. Roughly a quarter of the U.S. population was born between 1946 and 1964, and every month a quarter million more are turning 65. That age is not a magic number for retirement. With the recent recession, many people put off retiring longer than they otherwise might [...]

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