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18th Jan, 2022

CBLD Resource Spotlight: Updated Policy Register Template

By |2022-02-17T14:40:03-05:00January 18th, 2022|

The new year is a time for reflection and revision, and co-op boards are no exception. Whether your board has just decided to implement Policy Governance® or your board wants to refresh existing policies, the updated 2021 Policy Register Template provides a great opportunity to start these conversations.

18th May, 2019

Privacy Policy

By |2022-06-24T11:23:44-04:00May 18th, 2019|

Columinate Privacy Policy Columinate is committed to protecting your privacy online. To better protect your privacy, we provide this notice explaining our online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used at the columinate.coop website. The information We Collect Our site's online forms may require users to give [...]

18th Nov, 2016

Workplace Conflict Policy FAQ

By |2019-08-15T23:52:02-04:00November 18th, 2016|

By Carolee Colter, Columinate & Heather Wright, Esq, WrightJones PLC   Columinate is recommending replacing the old Cooperative Model Grievance Procedure from 2009 with this new Workplace Conflict Policy. Why do you recommend changing the policy now? The old policy fit the needs of co-ops for many years. In the last year or two, however, there have been changes in labor law that have [...]

7th Sep, 1999

Management Evaluation Under Policy Governance

By |2019-09-10T20:33:16-04:00September 7th, 1999|

By Marilyn Scholl 084 September - October - 1999 The relationship between the board and the general manager is probably the most important relationship in a co-op. To be successful, a cooperative needs a strong manager AND a strong board AND a strong, effective relationship between the two. In 22 years of working for and with food co-ops, I have seen too many examples [...]

4th Sep, 1998

Using Policy Governance to Improve Board Leadership

By |2022-04-28T15:01:40-04:00September 4th, 1998|

By Marilyn Scholl 078 September - October - 1998 Food cooperatives around the country are talking about Policy Governance -- a system of board leadership developed by John Carver. While people are drawn to the simple logic behind Policy Governance, it is quite different from previous board experiences. Governance is an important job and should be done well. As the Food Front Cooperative board [...]

31st Mar, 2022

Meet Columinate Consultant Cassia Herron

By |2022-03-31T17:00:53-04:00March 31st, 2022|

Cassia is a dedicated activist, a skilled community development professional, and a proud Kentuckian who brings 20 years of experience to the Columinate network. She is deeply rooted in the Kentucky local food movement, having organized farmer’s markets, established the Louisville Food Policy Council, and co-founded Louisville Association for Community Economics, which is opening the city’s only cooperative grocery store.

30th Jul, 2021

Monitoring Reports: Definitions of the important components

By |2021-12-08T14:01:13-05:00July 30th, 2021|

Within the Policy Governance® model, a board delegates authority to the executive (General Manager, CEO, Executive Director, etc) through written policies. The executive then uses written reports to demonstrate accountability for the use of that authority. These monitoring reports are an important and primary component of the board’s evaluation of the executive; knowing what to include and what to look for can help the executive and board members create a highly effective and user-friendly system.

20th Apr, 2022

How CBLD Helps Boards Become Better Employers

By |2022-04-20T11:15:41-04:00April 20th, 2022|

Cooperation among cooperatives is more than just a golden principle that all strive to achieve, it’s actually an organizational imperative that makes good use of collective time and resources. Columinate’s Cooperative Board Leadership Development program (CBLD) is built precisely to offer co-op boards the tools to make informed decisions and gain efficiency.

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