Focus, Alignment, and Vision Around Ends

By |2019-09-06T23:42:34+00:00March 31st, 2016|Cooperative Cafe, Develop Your Leaders|

Steve Breckheimer, Board Member at Hendersonville Community Co-op in Hendersonville, NC describes two different versions of what alignment can look like and why alignment is so critical to Ends accomplishment. Then he tells a story of Hendersonville's successful engagement and outreach around a capital campaign to help grow their food co-op and impact.

Strategic Alignment of Board and Co-op Owners

By |2019-09-09T22:20:29+00:00September 1st, 2013|Develop Your Leaders|

When we examine the process of alignment and how it works, it seems straightforward. For example, board and management come together for learning and discussion about the future of the co-op and share an agreed-upon purpose. Of course, things don’t end there. But predicated upon board-management alignment is the awareness that what the board and management is doing is fulfilling the aspirations of the [...]

Strategic Alignment of Board and GM

By |2019-09-10T20:26:56+00:00July 1st, 2013|Develop Your Leaders|

Of all the important relationships in a cooperative, the one between the general manager and the board is arguably the most critical to the co-op’s long-term success. If the basic elements of trust and accountability are lacking for either party, chances of working together will be fraught with conflict or misunderstanding. It will be hard for the co-op to grow or move forward, and [...]

The Growth Roadway

By |2019-09-09T23:16:14+00:00November 16th, 2012|Develop Your Leaders, Grow Your Business|

By Art Sherwood 163 November-December 2012 Expansion and growth are on the minds of many cooperative board and management leaders. And this makes sense, since growing our cooperatives’ abilities to deliver on their organizational Ends is of critical strategic importance. It certainly was on our minds at Bloomingfoods Co-op (Bloomington, Ind.) this last year as we addressed growing to include a fourth store and [...]