Carolee Colter

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CDS Consulting Co-op

Carolee Colter is a member of CDS Consulting Co-op and is based in Nelson, British Columbia.

Author's Articles

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As we all know, the baby boom generation is hitting retirement age. Roughly a quarter of the U.S. population was born between 1946 and 1964, and every month a quarter million more are turning 65.

176 January-February 2015 February 13, 2015

According to 2013 CoopMetrics data, 30 percent of member co-ops in the National Cooperative Grocers Association have expanded or opened a new store in the last five years; and many more co-ops are

172 May-June 2014 May 29, 2014

Don’t open a shop unless you like to smile. 

– Chinese proverb

April 11, 2013

As we go about our work of assessing organizational structures and conducting employee surveys in food co-ops, we frequently encounter an ongoing struggle between the marketing department (or lone

162 September-October 2012 September 25, 2012

An audit can be described as an unbiased examination and evaluation of systems and processes of an organization in order to demonstrate whether they are in compliance with a standard.

161 July - August - 2012 August 7, 2012

Note: There are additional charts in the pdf version of the story.

156 September - October - 2011 October 5, 2011

In the previous edition of this magazine (CG #151, November–December 2010) we read about the progress of the Domestic Fair Trade Association in establishing principles for domestic fair trade.

152 January - February - 2011 February 3, 2011
146 January - February - 2010 December 31, 2009
143 July - August - 2009 July 2, 2009
141 March - April - 2009 March 5, 2009

You’ve been working on this project for more than two years.

116 January - February - 2005 January 21, 2009

For what they are expected to do, general managers of food co-ops are underpaid.

119 July - August - 2005 January 21, 2009

Promoting leaders from among your existing staff offers a lot of advantages. Surprises are minimized—the person’s strengths and weaknesses are known quantities.

122 January - February - 2006 January 21, 2009
124 May - June - 2006 January 21, 2009

Note: This article contains charts that are not pictured here. You can download a pdf of the article at the end of this page.

126 September - October - 2006 January 20, 2009

The concept of paying a livable wage appeals to everyone—employees, managers, boards, co-op members, and the community at large.

126 September - October - 2006 January 20, 2009

Hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes, wildfires, floods, pandemics. There was a time when the possibility of experiencing such disasters might have seemed remote.

128 January - February - 2007 January 20, 2009

By now, probably most co-op boards of directors have a policy on conflicts of interest.

130 May - June - 2007 January 20, 2009

Mary Jones had reason to look forward with optimism to her upcoming performance review.

132 September - October - 2007 January 19, 2009

This article has charts and tables that are
available here in pdf form

134 Jan - Feb - 2008 January 19, 2009