Patricia Cumbie

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So far Patricia Cumbie has created 41 blog entries.

How Coaching Benefits You as a Leader

In a competitive economy with slim profit margins, hiring a consultant or a coach can feel like a luxury line item.  Yet feeling overtasked and having to do more with less is the perfect reason for hiring a coach.  Coaches can help leaders prioritize and focus their energies, leverage their skills, and learn new ways to respond to both interpersonal and marketplace demands.  In [...]

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

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 [...]

Using Ends to Tell the Story

The author Stephen Covey made “begin with the end in mind” a famous touchstone with his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Beginning with the end in mind is “Habit #2.” Of all the habits he writes about, this one involves the most reflection, pushing the reader to consider whether what they are doing is by design or default. Habit #2 encourages [...]

Telling Stories with Intention

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 [...]

Starting the Conversation: What Does It Take to Achieve Organizational Racial Equity

If you were to ask, most people would say that they are against racism and intolerance. Yet our society has imposed many powerful economic and social barriers to those from disenfranchised racial and economic backgrounds. Most people live in separate spheres and have limited interactions with different races and classes. For nearly a generation, food co-ops have attracted mostly white, educated and affluent people. [...]

What Kind of Experience Does Your Food Co-op Deliver?

Customer service experiences are a very hot topic, especially online and in social media.  People regularly share the good and the bad, and social media has become the new word-of-mouth.  It’s where people hear from friends, family and acquaintances how they “rate” the businesses they frequent.  The Amazon acquisition of Whole Foods has upped the ante on how customer service for groceries is going [...]

Everyone Welcome? Personal Narratives about Race and Food Co-ops

By Jade Barker and Patricia Cumbie We believe that now is a critical time to engage our cooperative community in important conversations about racism and oppression. Everyone Welcome? Personal Narratives about Race and Food Co-ops presents a variety of perspectives on what can be done to make food co-ops more racially inclusive. Fifteen co-operators from a variety of backgrounds — class, gender, race, ethnicity, [...]

Fresh Convenience is Recipe for Growth

Customizable meals at fast-casual restaurants that offer made-to-order tacos or noodle bowls have found a sweet spot among consumers who want variation, portability and convenience at a great price point.  Likewise, this same demand has made its way into the grocery retail sector, blurring the lines between retailing and food service. Leading retailers understand the gravitational pull of bountiful and beautiful fresh foods departments, [...]

Who Decides? Owner Participation in Cooperative Decisions

Cooperatives are a shared asset, managed for the common good of the owners.  At its heart, cooperation is a human enterprise that begins with relationships, predicated on the idea that the co-op’s strength is democracy and participation.  The ongoing quality of those relationships are built, strengthened, and even tested in myriad ways in a cooperative. Structurally, co-op members elect a board of directors to [...]

Amplify Cooperative Impact through Participation

The democratic structure of cooperatives allows people the opportunity to have a real influence on business goals and outcomes through their investment, patronage, feedback, and aspirations.  It’s one of the most defining features of cooperation, especially compared to other business models where social or environmental impact may be considered incidental.  In cooperatives, concern for community is one of our principles and purpose.  In 2012, [...]