Officer Elections and Board Leadership

By |2019-09-30T17:03:30-04:00May 29th, 2017|

It is a well-known fact that those people who most want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it… anyone who is capable of getting themselves made a [leader]… should on no account be allowed to do the job. - Douglas Adams, 1952-2001 The question who ought to be boss is like who ought to be the tenor in the [...]

How to be an Effective Board President

By |2022-02-18T13:35:28-05:00April 29th, 2017|

What’s the difference between an excellent board president and a so-so one? Being an effective president requires a host of proficiencies, attributes and knowledge—it’s no easy job! A mix of people skills, the talent to manage and a curiosity and willingness to develop a keen understanding of your co-op’s business are key traits of any good board president. From facilitation savvy, the ability to [...]

The Slack App: Weaver Street Market’s Internal Communication Transformation Story

By |2019-09-07T00:14:31-04:00July 3rd, 2016|

The roll out right before Thanksgiving turned out better than expected. Having a single centralized spot where everyone could see what was happening in real time was an incredible improvement to the status quo experience of phone tag or tracking people down during the holiday order rush. You could simply post a message and almost instantly see somebody respond to the issue. The staff [...]

Board Decisions Between Meetings

By |2021-12-28T18:51:50-05:00April 27th, 2016|

As a general practice, boards should avoid making decisions between regular meetings. A large part of the value of having a board in a leadership position is that good decisions can come from incorporating many peoples’ perspectives; making decisions without meeting deprives the board of the opportunity to glean the wisdom of all directors. Secondly, it can take a lot more time and energy [...]

Baking Bread, Building Bonds

By |2019-09-06T23:43:55-04:00March 31st, 2016|

Jon McDonald, Bread Baker and Board Member at Weaver Street Market in North Carolina shares his views on leadership and collaboration through the lenses of the several hats that he wears within his cooperative.

Focus, Alignment, and Vision Around Ends

By |2019-09-06T23:42:34-04:00March 31st, 2016|

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.

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.

Board Leadership Development Starts with Commitment to Good Governance

By |2019-09-09T19:19:09-04:00February 4th, 2016|

Monadnock Food Co-op staff with board president, Kathy Burke (dressed as a beet)The Monadnock Food Co-op in Keene, New Hampshire has only been open for two-and-a-half years, and as the board president Kathy Burke put it, “a lot has been going well.”  The co-op has exceeded its sales projections and is seeing a profit that has the board fast-tracking conversations about growth.  In the [...]

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