Develop Your Leaders

New GMs and What They Need

By |2020-06-29T13:44:10+00:00June 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 |2020-05-22T22:32:52+00:00May 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+00:00May 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 [...]

Supporting Your GM During a Pandemic

By |2020-05-01T16:33:57+00:00April 30th, 2020|Develop Your Leaders|

How can a Board and individual directors support their GM during a pandemic (or other crises)? Most of what you will find here will be generally useful even in “normal” times. During times of great crisis, these guidelines become even more important.   Stay steady. Continue with your existing board work plan and responsibilities -- except when it makes sense to make exceptions. Stay [...]

Tips for Effective Virtual Meetings

By |2020-04-21T20:27:17+00:00April 21st, 2020|Develop Your Leaders, Field Guides|

Boards of Directors may find that they need to conduct a board meeting by phone or using some variation of video conferencing technology. As you consider how to make these virtual meetings as effective and enjoyable as possible, you can build on the same good practices that make for productive face-to-face meetings. You can find some good guidance in A Recipe for Good Board [...]

Everyone Welcome Chatinar

By |2020-03-21T01:16:10+00:00March 21st, 2020|Cultivate Your Community, Develop Your Leaders|

The authors of Everyone Welcome? Personal Narratives about Race and Food Co-ops believe that bridging the racial divide starts first with encouraging inquiry and engagement that leads toward greater awareness, problem-solving, and embracing radical change.  They know starting and sustaining conversations about race are not always easy.  Being inclusive in our workplaces, board rooms and community organizations requires the willingness and skill to talk about race.  [...]

Re-Energize your Co-op Culture

By |2020-03-26T19:30:52+00:00March 21st, 2020|Build Workplace Culture, Develop Your Leaders|

There are over 40,000 co-ops operating in the USA employing almost 1 million people. Few of those employees have had any formal training on the cooperative business model. This brief “chatinar” led by Columinate consultant Adam Schwartz is designed to introduce you and your colleagues to some of the key steps organizations can take to ensure you are using your cooperative structure as a [...]

Discussion and Process Guide for GM Evaluation

By |2019-11-14T21:05:00+00:00November 14th, 2019|Develop Your Leaders|

This discussion guide is meant to accompany the process for Evaluating the General Manager  described in the Cooperative Grocer article published in July/August 2009. Please review article that before implementing this guide. This process is based on CBLD Policy Template D4 Evaluating the GM. If your board has a different policy, be sure to follow the policy you have. Under Policy Governance the board [...]

GM Report Support

By |2020-04-15T00:19:52+00:00August 16th, 2019|Develop Your Leaders|

The CBLD Policy Template GM Report Support Compilation GM Report Support By Policy Video Guides About the GM Report Support Project In 2005, GMs asked for support and the opportunity to collaborate [...]

Assessing Emerging Expansion Opportunities

By |2019-08-21T22:28:06+00:00August 13th, 2019|Develop Your Leaders, Field Guides|

As co-op leaders recognize that reinvestment in their business is critical to long-term sustainability, they need some tools to help them assess whether any particular reinvestment makes sense. When business expansion is on the list of possibilities, the risks are higher and so the assessment needs to be more rigorous. Leaders must certainly undertake adequate due diligence before finalizing an expansion project, but how [...]