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 [...]

Using Monitoring Reports to Ensure Organizational Alignment

By |2019-09-09T15:43:39+00:00September 12th, 2018|Develop Your Leaders|

The Board’s Job Creating board policies is no easy task. Clearly articulating the board’s expectations of a general manager takes a lot of energy and focus—so boards can justifiably congratulate themselves once they’ve written down their expectations in a way that a manager can easily understand. But the board’s work doesn’t end there. Many boards, once they’ve created their policies and learned to empower—rather [...]

Generating Board and GM Efficiency through Monitoring

By |2019-09-10T20:11:11+00:00September 12th, 2018|Develop Your Leaders|

Medford Food Co-op Medford, OR Year founded: 2011 Member investment: $100 Number of members: 3,200 Number of employees: 35 Retail square footage: 4,300 + 700 off-site café When Anne Carter came to Medford Food Co-op in Medford, Oregon, the startup co-op had been open for two years and was still establishing its operations and governance. Their internal situation was mirrored in the community-at-large. Medford [...]

Welcoming Managers New to Cooperatives

By |2019-09-10T00:21:02+00:00June 13th, 2018|Develop Your Leaders|

Remember the first time you walked into a food cooperative? Maybe your initial reaction fell somewhere along the continuum of “I found my people” to “what in the world is this place?” Maybe you liked the food. Maybe you liked the mission. Or the people were nice. And that convinced you to stay. Ultimately, when people walk into a food co-op, we want them [...]

Updating Trends in General Manager Compensation

By |2019-09-07T00:49:47+00:00April 1st, 2017|Build Workplace Culture, Develop Your Leaders|

By Carolee Colter March-April 2017 View data by downloading attached PDF. Data from 104 co-ops with annual sales ranging from $1M to $74M In 2006 and 2011, this magazine published studies on general manager (GM) compensation. Continuing that tradition, here’s a look at the state of management compensation in food co-ops today. The 104 general managers in this study serve co-ops ranging in size [...]

GM Success Profile

By |2019-09-17T00:47:40+00:00January 29th, 2016|Build Workplace Culture, Improve Operations|

Increasingly intense and sustained competition in our market is shifting the landscape in which co-ops operate, putting a premium on certain key competencies and skills in management. At the same time, other factors are making the GM job more complex and demanding, including: pressure on prices and margin, increasing costs of real estate and development, and calls for a living wage at a time [...]

Operational Wisdom from General Managers

By |2019-09-09T19:27:53+00:00December 22nd, 2015|Develop Your Leaders|

By Thane Joyal 181 Nov-Dec 2015 Successful cooperatives are guided by strong boards, and those boards rely on strong individuals to manage the cooperative’s business enterprise with excellence. The nature and quality of the board-general manager (GM) relationship, for better or worse, influences nearly all the myriad factors that lead to a cooperative’s success. The relationship is not simply that of employer and employee. [...]

GM Retirement Planning Best Practices, or How to Retire Gracefully

By |2019-09-09T22:58:47+00:00October 10th, 2015|Build Workplace Culture|

GM Retirement Planning Best Practices, or How to Retire Gracefully When a general manager (GM) is planning to retire, (as opposed to leaving the co-op for another job), the specific date of departure is flexible and known well in advance. The outgoing GM's legacy will be affected by how s/he handles the transition. Timing Once you decide to take the leap, let your management [...]

Getting Ready for General Manager Succession

By |2019-09-10T20:13:11+00:00May 3rd, 2015|Develop Your Leaders|

By Thane Joyal, Jeanie Wells 178 May-June 2015 Whether or not your cooperative expects to hire a general manager (GM) in the next year, your board should have an awareness of the skills and resources that would be needed to accomplish this essential task. Even if your GM is doing great and has no expressed plans for retirement or other career changes, your board [...]