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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 [...]

Hiring a General Manager

By |2019-09-06T23:28:39+00:00July 18th, 2019|Build Workplace Culture|

Updated in 2017-18, this manual is the result of a collaboration between Columinate and National Co+op Grocers. It guides boards of directors of food cooperatives through the steps needed to ensure a clear and professional process, resulting in the hiring of a well-qualified manager. Those steps are: Arrange for interim management Set up a committee to coordinate the hiring process (the Search Committee) Define [...]

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 [...]