Develop Your Leaders

Return on Investment of Columinate’s Management on Contract Services

By |2021-05-13T13:54:13-04:00March 21st, 2021|Develop Your Leaders, Improve Operations|

When co-ops enter a time of transition, they can turn to Columinate's group of experts available for contract management services. These folks step in as Interim General Managers (IGMs) to work fast and smart, implementing lasting change for their clients. Ranging from a few months to a few years, IGM engagements are meant to bridge a co-op from Point A to Point B. IGM's [...]

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

By |2021-01-21T13:40:18-05:00January 20th, 2021|Build Workplace Culture, Develop Your Leaders|

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. By clearly articulating the results that they seek to accomplish in [...]

Virtual Annual Meetings Field Guide

By |2020-07-27T17:01:11-04:00July 23rd, 2020|Develop Your Leaders, Field Guides, Uncategorized|

In the wake of the pandemic, the customary way of doing many things has been upended.  For co-ops, the list of adaptations extends to how we engage with members, including our approach to the time-honored (and legally required) tradition of the annual meeting. We've prepared a field guide to help you plan for a shift to the virtual realm for your annual meeting this [...]

New GMs and What They Need

By |2020-06-29T13:44:10-04:00June 24th, 2020|Develop Your Leaders|

Three Profiles: How Columinate can help new food co-op GMs   When a co-op board hires a new general manager, the directors know that there’s seldom an “ideal candidate” out there waiting. Instead, they choose the candidate who offers the best potential to meet the specific qualifications that the board has decided will advance the vision for their co-op. Since boards often realize that [...]

Virtual CBL 101 Resource Guide

By |2020-09-14T19:41:37-04:00May 22nd, 2020|Develop Your Leaders|

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: [...]

Managing Co-op Financials During and After a Pandemic

By |2020-05-20T21:39:34-04:00May 11th, 2020|Develop Your Leaders|

How can co-op operations leaders begin to be innovative about what it will take to manage finances wisely during and after the COVID-19 pandemic – whatever “after” will look like? No one can accurately predict what the future of the co-op grocery world will look like, but Columinate consultants are on the leading edge of figuring out what can stay the same and what [...]

Check out Making Change — Implementing DEI principles for organizational impact.  June 14, 2021.   Learn more >>
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