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6th Sep, 2017

Whistleblower Policy for Employee Handbook

By |2019-09-07T01:31:02-04:00September 6th, 2017|

If you observe what you believe to be wrongful conduct, you have the right and the duty to report it without fear of retaliation. Definition of wrongful conduct Wrongful conduct includes serious improprieties that potentially impact the integrity and effective operation of Your Co-op. Examples of wrongful conduct include, but are not limited to: Violations of federal, state or municipal law Sexual harassment or [...]

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.

9th Nov, 2021

How to Facilitate Board Meetings

By |2021-12-08T11:03:41-05:00November 9th, 2021|

Your board’s culture is established, in large measure, by the way board meetings are facilitated. Here are some key tips for facilitating board meetings that will create strong decisions and a board culture your co-op can be proud of.

20th Mar, 2018

Analysis of Board Members’ Conflicts of Interest

By |2022-03-02T18:43:49-05:00March 20th, 2018|

It’s very common for conflicts of interest to be present on the board of a retail food co-op. Some even joke that conflict management is at the heart of cooperation. And in a way, it’s true. The legitimacy of a board’s decision depends in large measure on the board’s ability to demonstrate that the decision was made to further the best interests of the [...]

29th Apr, 2017

How to be an Effective Board President

By |2022-02-18T13:35:28-05:00April 29th, 2017|

What’s the difference between an excellent board president and a so-so one? Being an effective president requires a host of proficiencies, attributes and knowledge—it’s no easy job! A mix of people skills, the talent to manage and a curiosity and willingness to develop a keen understanding of your co-op’s business are key traits of any good board president. From facilitation savvy, the ability to [...]

6th Sep, 2012

Writing Ends Policies

By |2021-05-04T20:21:49-04:00September 6th, 2012|

Where we are headed matters. If we don’t know where we are going any road will do. A primary responsibility of a board is to define the reason for the organization’s existence.  What are we here for?  What should be different because we exist? For whom? For a board that uses Policy Governance®, Ends are written policies which define a) results, outcomes or benefits [...]

16th Aug, 2019

GM Report Support

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

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 [...]

13th May, 2021

GM Development Program

By |2022-05-31T10:09:08-04:00May 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 [...]

12th Dec, 2012

How to Use Committees to Help the Board to do Board Work

By |2020-07-24T21:58:30-04:00December 12th, 2012|

Properly structured and monitored board committees can be a good way for a board to accomplish specific board tasks and to ensure that ongoing, repeating processes are carried out. Small groups of people working together are nimble, effective and fun!  Improperly used committees can waste precious board time and energy, and at worst can undermine the Board’s relationship with its General Manager and the [...]

6th Nov, 2010

Building a Positive Board Performance Culture 1 of 2

By |2022-01-24T08:09:25-05:00November 6th, 2010|

Imagine a board that moves positively forward with a shared understanding of board purpose; following their own words about how they will operate and doing so in a way that respects individual diversity and voice, on the way to making decisions as a unified and intentional whole. Boards that do this over the long haul have built a Positive Board Performance Culture (PBPC) and [...]

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