strategic leadership

Co-op General Manager Success Profile: GM Role Requires Core Competencies

By |2019-09-06T23:37:35-04:00March 30th, 2016|

By Carolee Colter, Lauren Olsen, Marilyn Scholl 183 Mar-Apr 2016 It takes a lot to manage a food co-op. Co-op general managers (GMs) are responsible not only for the retail operations but also for budgeting, financial analysis, marketing, information technology, and human resources—functions that are provided by corporate headquarters to managers of chain stores. Co-op GMs, in addition to the demands of the business, [...]

What if…Co-ops Were Courageous Leaders?

By |2019-09-09T19:07:27-04:00March 28th, 2016|

Lizzy Haywood, CEO of the newly expanded People's Food Co-op in LaCrosse and Rochester, asks tough questions and shares her vision for some of the pathways to the future for co-ops. Let's imagine together with Lizzy what we could all accomplish with bold leadership.

What Will Our Co-ops Lead us To?

By |2019-09-09T19:08:05-04:00March 28th, 2016|

Holly Fearing, Board Member at Willy Street Cooperative in Madison, WI breaks down the barriers to being strategic, making hard choices, and being fearless. And beware the 'killer but'!

Leading From Vulnerability

By |2019-09-09T19:09:55-04:00March 24th, 2016|

In this short presentation Alex Stone, of CooperationWorks!, expresses the importance of knowing vulnerability. Especially in a leadership position.

Effective Leadership and Self-Awareness

By |2019-09-09T19:11:12-04:00March 24th, 2016|

Michelle Oliver from Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op says that being a leader requires knowing yourself. Know your strengths and know your weaknesses. Understand where you need support and ask for it.

The Magic of Commitment

By |2019-09-09T19:11:56-04:00March 22nd, 2016|

Weaver Street Market General Manager Ruffin Slater on the Magic of Commitment. Ruffin shares what he sees as the power of making a commitment and all that follows from making a decision.

Complaints and Operational Concerns: How Directors Can Respond Effectively

By |2019-09-09T19:19:48-04:00January 30th, 2016|

By Michael Healy 182 January-February 2016 As a director, you may notice or hear things about your co-op that may be cause for concern—or are at least worth asking about. How can you respond in a way that honors your sense of responsibility, your board’s clear delegation to the general manager (GM), and your GM’s professional judgment? Here is an approach that opens a [...]

Mergers and Acquisitions

By |2019-09-09T19:41:28-04:00November 16th, 2015|

Martha Whitman tells the story of La Montanitas experience with growth through acquiring stores in new markets.  Watch and learn about the leadership of the board of directors as they engaged their membership throughout the process.

Tuning up Operations for the New Normal

By |2019-09-09T19:42:42-04:00November 11th, 2015|

In Tucson, AZ competition is ramping up and the leaders at Food Conspiracy are taking decisive action. Hear from GM Kelley Kriner about the steps that the management at Food Conspiracy took to make the Co-op a strong and sustainable force in the community.

Accessibility is Key

By |2019-09-09T19:43:49-04:00November 11th, 2015|

The New Normal has hit Chico Natural Foods in California. General Manager Liza Tedesco believes the response from the food co-op sector must be accessibility. Liza share her perspective and the initial steps and questions that co-op leaders must ask themselves in order to answer the question "What are the barriers to more people shopping co-op?"

Support Your Co-op Leaders. Check out the Columinate GM Development Program. Learn more >>