Self-Assessment Tool: General Manager Success Profile

This assessment tool is designed to help a coach and a client prioritize areas for work together.  The assessment will help the coach get to know the client in a deeper way and help the client engage in self reflection of strengths and weaknesses.  In some cases, we will work [...]

4 Pillars of Cooperative Governance Self-Assessment Tool

Boards can use this survey tool to do a broad, self-assessment of their own work. It utilizes the 4 Pillars of Co-op Governance as an organizing lens with some broad, key characteristics to fit under each Pillar: Teaming, Accountable Empowerment, Strategic Leadership and Democracy. By asking team members to fill [...]

Governing With Excellence, Using Awareness and Discipline

By Thane Joyal 166 May-June 2013 Why is it that some of our retail food cooperative boards really make a powerful difference in their communities, while others flounder? What can we learn from strong boards, and what can we learn from those that are struggling? This article focuses on two [...]

Taking Care of Board Fundamentals

By Joel Kopischke 164 Jan-Feb 2013 As cooperative boards strive for heavenly results, they need to be sure the devil is not in the details. When boards of directors consider their duties—ensuring organizational accountability, setting strategic direction, providing board perpetuation, engaging ownership—the broader strategic initiatives typically are the "juiciest" and [...]

Making Ourselves Accountable: Board self-evaluation fosters reflection, constant improvement

By Rose Marie Klee 150 September - October 2010 Board of directors’ self-evaluation is the act of reflecting upon the past in order to constantly improve. It is rooted in a sincere commitment to providing high-quality governance as trustees of an organization. When a board practices periodic evaluation, each director [...]

Board Self-Evaluation

presented by Thane Joyal and Michael Healy with guests Rose Marie Klee from Wheatsville Co-op, Austin Cari Witcher, Menomonie Market Food Co-op, Menomonie, WI Peter Hammond, Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative, Milwaukee, WI The live session took place on: Wed, April 15, 2009     Related Cooperative Grocer article: Making Yourself Accountable - [...]

Assessment as Strategic Approach to Co-op Development

In the home economics and woodshop classes of our formative years, there was certainly a bespectacled and beleaguered instructor who continually intoned, “measure twice, cut once” throughout the duration of the semester. On the day all the things were due, nobody could argue with the value of double checking those [...]

Operational Improvement and You

By Mel Braverman 104 January - February - 2003 Once I asked a general manager, whose store had many operational and financial problems, how she decided her work priorities on a daily basis and for the longer term. She responded "I don't have to decide. I come to work and [...]