Strategic Leadership is a Cooperative Effort

By Art Sherwood 172 May-June 2014 Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world. —Joel Barker, The Futurist If I went into your co-op and asked a kid working in produce or a member-owner in line, “What [...]

Developing a shared vision and building alignment

What will your co-op look like in 10 years? How do you build a shared vision in your leadership group? How do you continue to build that vision as you build your membership base? How to sustain frequent and broad communication of vision among all stakeholders?

How Visioning Becomes Real

By Bentley Lein 124 May - June - 2006 Why do we continue to hear stories about boards complaining about the general manager and general managers complaining about the board? Why do we still have boards of multi-million-dollar co-ops that feel they aren’t sure what their role is within the [...]

Co-op as Store Becomes Co-op as Community

By Mark Goehring 117 March - April - 2005 We can no longer (verb)_____ in isolation. Try these verbs: Learn. Vision. Plan. Invest. Be. Then try your own! Nearly three years ago, the board of directors of the Brattleboro Food Co-op adopted new Ends Policies, statements defining our fundamental aims. [...]