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  • SubGenre:Corporate Governance
  • Language:English
  • Pages:142
  • eBook ISBN:9780578409863

The Agricultural Co-op Director Guidebook Series

Three Practical Guides for Governing Your Cooperative

by Harvey A. Meier and Phil Kenkel

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This series of three guidebooks was prepared to aid agricultural cooperative directors in performing their responsibilities. They are: Board Governance Best Practices, Robert's Rules of Order Made Easy, and Monitoring Financial Performance. The Guidebooks are written for anyone serving as an agricultural cooperative director and for anyone contemplating such service. The goal is to enable directors to make their boards more effective and their cooperatives more successful.
These Guidebooks are designed to provide practical information on governance best practices for use by directors in effectively leading their agricultural cooperatives. We have extracted much of the material from presentations made by faculty at our director training programs sponsored by the Institute for Cooperative Director Training ™ . In addition, information presented by other cooperative governance professionals in articles and publications is included in these Guidebooks. Their insights and perspectives are much appreciated. The content of these Guidebooks also incorporates the observations, judgments, and insights of its authors, Harvey A. Meier, based on his experience since 1971 as a university professor at Oregon State University; a CEO and as a senior executive; board director and chairperson; and service as a confidential adviser to for-profit and non-profit cooperatives and privately held companies and organizations, and of Phil Kenkel, who specializes in cooperative research, undergraduate education and industry support programs through his position as Bill Fitzwater Cooperative Chair at Oklahoma State University. These practical guidebooks do not attempt to address all the governance topics involved with an agricultural cooperative. Rather, the topics addressed are representative of the questions most frequently asked of faculty at the Institute's director training courses; during its in-house board training programs; and in conjunction with its board and CEO advisory consulting services. The Guidebook goals are to heighten awareness and to facilitate discussion of board roles and responsibilities and member communication. We hope these guidebooks make your work as a cooperative director more effective and fulfilling, add to your wisdom and understanding of board governance best practices and cooperative finance, and enable you to lead and conduct board and member meetings successfully.
About the author
Harvey A. Meier PhD, CMC® ([email protected], 509.458.3210) is a certified management consultant (CMC®) and executive director of the Institute for Co-op Director Training." Since 1971 he has served as a strategic business and confidential adviser to boards and CEOs of cooperatives, and privately held for-profit and non-profit corporations and organizations. His cooperative clientele represent a wide range of industries. Clients retain him for guidance on board governance best practices; strengthening the working relationship/partnership between a board and its CEO; facilitating board strategic planning meetings; facilitating merger and acquisition transactions; CEO/CFO recruitment; CEO performance evaluations; executive coaching; and strengthening leadership team communications and teamwork. More specific information about Harvey can be found at
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