Master the Fundamentals of Governance Leadership

Good leaders often ask this question:  what would set us up for success?  Most of the time the answer is simple.  Master the fundamentals.  By being good at the basics—like being committed to consistent governance systems and applying respectful, inclusive communication to discussions and decisions—success as a board member is [...]

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Central / Tacoma Co-op Merger

In this super-short video General Manager at Central Co-op in Seattle, Dan Arnett, takes us through the leadership and engagement required to successfully approve a merger between the Central Co-op in Seattle and the Tacoma, WA Food Co-op.

Facing Difficult Challenges with Courage

Steve Maviglio, Board Member at Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, shares two stories of the Sac board facing difficult challenges and how they overcame them. From obstructionist members to political movements with questionable tactics, the Sacramento board led the way through these challenges with courage and leadership.

Board Leadership Development Starts with Commitment to Good Governance

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 [...]

Leadership is Core of Effective Co-op Governance

La Montañita Co-op Food Market has long been feeling the pressure of a competitive marketplace, and their response has been to look at ways they can better grow and serve their cooperative market in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Right now La Montañita has six retail locations in three cities and their [...]

Characteristics of Effective Supervisors

By Carolee Colter 006 August - September - 1986 Whether you oversee a whole department of employees or one assistant manager or an ever-changing group of volunteers, you as a supervisor are ultimately responsible for the work of others. This takes skill and experience, yet most co-op supervisors end up [...]