Art Sherwood

CDS Consulting Co-op
Art Sherwood is an Indiana State University associated professor of management; vice president of the Bloomingfoods Co-op board of directors; and a member of CDS Consulting Co-op, delivering training in board leadership development.

Author's Articles

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If we created opportunities in meaningful participation by seeking win-win, it would be a game changer—in our relationships, in our customer service, in our strategies, in our partner

191 July-August 2017 February 10, 2018

New competition. Shrinking margins. Tighter supply. Rising labor costs. Saturated advertising. Poaching of great employees.

186 Sept-Oct 2016 September 27, 2016

In 2013, the International Cooperative Alliance, in its “Blueprint for a Cooperative Decade,” identified the elevating of participation as a key component of its 2020 Vision for more and stronger c

175 November-December 2014 December 24, 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

172 May-June 2014 May 29, 2014

Great leaders demonstrate how to be a force for good in local communities and beyond.

170 January - February 2014 February 6, 2014

The Blueprint for a Cooperative Decade is the overarching agenda for the ICA, its members, and the cooperative movement. It is a five-point plan with individual strategies:


170 January - February 2014 February 6, 2014

I am often asked, “Why don’t you teach co-ops in the business schools?” As a true believer in and champion of co-ops, I empathize with this frustration.

167 July-August 2013 August 22, 2013

Expansion and growth are on the minds of many cooperative board and management leaders.

163 November-December 2012 December 4, 2012

There has been much discussion, debate and downright argument about the role of the board in the strategic process of our co-ops. "Isn't that getting into operations?

157 November - December - 2011 November 17, 2011

Most would agree that a healthy board-general manager relationship not only makes the co-op run more smoothly, it is a critical connection between member-owners and operations in our democratically

154 May - June - 2011 April 25, 2011