Offerings

 
 

Members of the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives get a 50% discount on all School offerings. Email ana@usworker.coop for the discount code.

 

Democratic Management Skills Check-Up

A free assessment of your democratic management skills, conducted through a 60-minute webinar offered the third Thursday of each month in 2018.

Time

9:00-10:00 PST / 12:00-1:00 EST


What Works Webinar Series

A series of webinars in which experienced managers from employee-owned companies tell real-life stories of successes, failures and rebounds. These 75-minute webinars are offered every other Wednesday on three topics: Finance, Governance, and HR.

Finance

Opening the Books, Closing the Circle  May 23, June 6, June 20  (Past)
In this series, Jen Briggs (formerly of New Belgium) simplifies Open Book Management in stages.  Participants walk away with practical tools for building a financial score card, a business literacy checklist and a company wide training plan.

How Ready Are You for Open Book Management?  July 18 (Past)
Jen Briggs walks you through an assessment tool to help align you and your leadership team on what numbers to share with members.

It’s Like Magic: A Financial Report Template that Gets People Engaged  August 1 (Past)
Joe Marraffino of the Democracy at Work Institute demonstrates a visual tool you can use to input numbers, print out trends and better prepare workers to engage in strategic decision making.

GOVERNANCE

Assessing Your Threats Using These Easy Tools  August 15 (Past)
John McNamara (formerly of Union Cab) shares easy tools to prepare managers and board members for strategic decision making.

Creating Strategy Collaboratively  August 29 (Past)
John McNamara shares ways to productively engage members in mapping your company's strategic direction.

Who Gets to Decide What? Create Clarity with Decision Zones  September 26
Jen Briggs shares a best-practice mapping tool to clarify who makes what decision and why:  board, manager, owner or ‘shop floor’ worker. 

Membership Defined: Balancing Rights and Responsibilities  October 10
Jen Briggs lays out a model set of rights and responsibilities and a template for you to use in your workplace to help build and strengthen your ownership culture.

Who Needs a Workplan?  October 24
Anne Reynolds (formerly of University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives), together with a worker-owner from Cooperative Care, shares a model management work plan, built out of a challenging management transition.

Human resources

Hire Carefully, Fire Quickly, Support Intensively: Lessons Learned the Hard Way  November 7
Joseph Tuck (formerly of Alvarado Street Bakery) reflects on how they made “every mistake possible” to arrive at some of the very best practices in working with people.

Welcome On-board! On-boarding Tales From the Field  November 14
Learn strategies to recruit and orient workers to become owners from Teresa Mansell, Founding Mother of ChildSpace.

From Conflict to Common Ground  December 5

Esteban Kelly (US Federation of Worker Cooperatives) shares models and tools for addressing the unavoidable conflicts within democratic organizations to help you find common ground.

Time

 9:00-10:15 PST / 12:00-1:15 EST


Democratic Management Crash course

A two-day crash course in Open Book Management, decision making, board–management relationship, and functional democratic structures. Offered in person, in regions across the US. We can work with you to create customized versions of our public Crash Courses and webinars for your business or organization. We can also help you implement what you have learned subsequent to a course or webinar. Contact us!

Availability

Building A Culture of Leadership with Clear Rights and Responsibilities

New England, October 19-20

Modeling An Ownership Culture with Coaching Approach

New York-New Jersey, December 7-8

San Francisco Bay Area, Spring 2019