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Board Training

Many co-operative trainers are recruited “from the field” with considerable experience and a solid knowledge of cooperation and business management. But for co-operative trainers this is not enough. To work effectively in a training center they must also know the proper techniques of course design, they must have knowledge of learning principles and they must know the most effective methods of management training. This manual provides an outline for a short course on “training methodology”. The course is designed especially for new trainers in the co-operative sector as an introduction to their important work and to help them discover some of the keys to successful training.

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Board Governance

Welcome to the board! While you may feel like the new guy on the block, nearly every board has a class of "freshmen direc­tors." Most organizations stagger board terms for consistency, transition of projects, and essential knowledge transfer. Here are some fundamentals of board service worth knowing at the start:

Develop A Proactive Plan

Every community association is unique. However, the path for becoming the best possible volunteer board member is always the same. Use this workbook as a companion piece to our in-depth whitepaper, The 6 Most Important Elements for Running Your Board Like a Pro, to proactively improve the operation of your community association.

Bylaws Hot Spots

In reviewing scores of bylaws, I find “hot spots” or common problem areas. Sometimes the bylaws are out of synch with the corporate laws in the state in which the organization is registered. Some bylaws are just old and outdated.

Board Decision-Making Exercise

The board is elected from the members to oversee the day-today operations of the co-operative — managing star creating policies and procedures, and making decisions that benefit the co-operative. It is important to have good people in these positions to ensure the well-being of the cooperative. Boards should always be evaluating their progress to improve operations and enhance their ability to make decisions. Using evaluation, planning, and decision-making exercises are great ways of making the board stronger and encouraging new discussions.

The Future Of Urbanism - Diversifying The Housing Ecosystem

Last month we released our first report, ‘The Future of Urbanism,’ which explores examples of alternative urbanism that TUA directors, Natalie Allen and Greer O’Donnell researched and experienced during their time in Europe. The following is a shortened section of our report that discusses the alternative housing models that help to diversify the housing ecosystem. At TUA, we are interested in how these models can be implemented in New Zealand to address the urban issues of now and create resilience for the communities that will benefit in the future.

The Board Member Tool Kit

Whether you manage the association yourself or have the assistance of professional management; whether you’re on the board of a condominium or homeowner association or a cooperative; and whether your association comprises just a handful of homes or thousands of homes in a large-scale community—

SIX Operating Manuals

Across the country, frequently the most successful businesses are franchises ( as opposed to inde­pendent businesses). Two elements of a franchise that drive suc­cess are 1) a strong brand or logo and 2) a set of operating manu­als, templates. and checklists for employees. In the book E-Myth Revisited, author Michael Gerber suggests that all businesses consider an informal franchise model

Boards are Transforming

External influences are a catalyst for change on association boards. The economy causes members and sponsors to evaluate participation. Benefits are changing to meet member challenges. The IRS and media scrutinize the purpose of tax exempt organizations. Technology has altered the speed and methods of communication and governance. Generations are saying no thanks to joining and serving as volunteer leaders. The real question is, "are we producing meaningful results as leaders?"

Best Articles Tips and tools Compilation

Meetings of the board can be dreaded or difficult to endure. Listening to reports, watching individuals promote personal agendas, a lack of focus on outcomes, and bad behavior leaves some board members wondering if it’s worth their time.

Handbook on Cooperatives

At the dawn of the 21st century, cooperatives are arousing renewed interest within the international community. Just as in the 19th century, the world is undergoing economic changes which all too often cause negative social consequences such as an increase in poverty, social exclusion, exploitation of women and children, etc., affecting a large section of humanity.

How To Get The Most Out Of A Training Session

The following represents tested and proven techniques designed to assist you in getting the most out of training sessions. Chart

Creating a Treasurer’s Guide

The elected treasurer has an important role in protecting and guiding the organization. He or she must work within the parameters of the budget while complying with applicable legal requirements, bylaws and policies, and risk management and investment objectives.

Public Policies,

Founded in 1973, Community Associations Institute (CAI) is the national voice for an estimated 70 million people who live in more than 345,000 community associations of all sizes and architectural types throughout the United States. Community associations include condominium associations, homeowner associations, cooperatives and planned communities.

Journal of Affordable Housing

Form on affordable housing and community development law

A Guide to Organizational Capacity Assessment Tools

Change to better understand the landscape of existing (publicly available) Organizational Capacity Assessment tools, i and to outline best practices for using these tools in various contexts. We found a wide array of available tools that can play various roles to support or launch the larger undertaking of organizational capacity development.

A Shared Cooperative Vision

It was viewed very positively, and leaders in the movement started thinking it would be good to have a similar visioning process for the entire movement.

Basic Training Methodolgy

In collaboration with cooperative organizations and training institutes in all regions of the world, MATCOM designs and produces material for the training of managers of cooperatives and assists in the preparation of adapted versions for use in various countries. MATCOM also provides support for improving the methodology of cooperative training and for the training of trainers.

Best Practices in Co-op Board Training

“Best Practices” refers to the practices, systems, etc. that are commonly accepted as the most effective ways to develop a co-op board of directors. There is no right or wrong way—if you are doing things differently in your training and its working for you, great. But here are some of the best practices for board training and development, learned by many co-op Boards.

Cooperative Housing Compendium

This Cooperative Housing Compendium was prepared under auspices of the Center for Coop­eratives at the University of California at Davis. In 1990, Lottie Cohen was awarded a grant to write a report about the various types of coopera­tive housing in California.

Board Impact Workbook

Serving on a board of directors is an important responsibility. This guide informs volunteer leaders of the unique aspects associated with governance in a not-for-profit, tax exempt organization. The information is applicable to associations, chambers of commerce, civic, fraternal and other nonprofits.

Experts Praise Board Members Rule

Many board members stumble into their positions and are left to their own devices to figure out their role and responsibilities, often with negative results. Board Members Rule is an essential read for those who want to transform their board membership into an opportunity to exercise strategic leadership in promoting the mission of the agency. Zimmerman and Lehman are two of the most respected authorities on strategic nonprofit leadership. A must-read for board members, new or seasoned, of any agency, small or large.”

New Cooperative And Community-led Homes

People all over the country are talking about co-operative and community-led housing (CCLH). People in communities, people in existing community groups, people in local authorities, people in housing associations, people in the English and Welsh Governments.

Board Roles and Goals

Leadership Guide

The Cohousing Handbook

The Cohousing Handbook is an excellent start-to-finish overview, with a fine section on environmental stewardship. Cohousing is an important example of the global solutions we all must embrace in order to use land efficiently, and resources wisely, while creating healthy and vibrant communities for our future.

Strengthening the Cooperative Community

In Strengthening the Cooperative Community, author E.G. Nadeau draws on his 50 years of experience in researching, developing, teaching, and writing about what makes cooperative businesses succeed or fail. With concise historical examples and captivating first-person case studies followed by 16 compelling recommendations, Nadeau proposes how to make co-ops a dynamic force for positive change that benefits people and the environment in the 21st century.

Material And Techniques For Cooperatives Management Training

In collaboration with cooperative organizations and training institutes in all regions of the world, MATCOM designs and produces material for the training of managers of cooperatives and assists in the preparation of adapted versions for use in various countries. MATCOM also provides support for improving the methodology of cooperative training and for the training of trainers.

Leading With Intent

As the leading organization focused on strengthening and supporting nonprofit board leadership,

How To Get The Most Out Of A Training Session

The following represents tested and proven techniques designed to assist you in getting the most out of training sessions.

Training on a Shoestring Budget

mall chambers have limited time and money for staff training though education is critical for good member service and effective management. Here are tips for training inside the small chamber.

The Decision To Start A Coop

In collaboration with cooperative organizations and training institutes in all regions of the world, MATCOM designs and produces material for the training of managers of cooperatives and assists in the preparation of adapted versions for use in various countries. MATCOM also provides support for improving the methodology of cooperative training and for the training of trainers.

Rump Sessions

Directors are anticipating the next board meeting. They received the agenda and supporting documents to study. They’ve had a thorough orientation about the importance of their governing roles.

Rusty Trustees, Squirrels and Rump Sessions –

Boards have been known to chase squirrels, hold rump sessions and disregard the strategic plan, rules of order and governing documents. Every board intends to produce results --- but distractions and dysfunctions arise.

Tips for Writing a Seminar Session Description

Attract attendees to your session by choosing a timely topic, skill or process that appeals to a variety of districts and with an interesting, clear and concise explanation of what they will learn. Use one or more of the following components in your session description.

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