Cooperative coaching

(Currently free in response to the COVID-19 outbreak)

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I help people to establish, convert businesses to and run cooperatives, pro bono.

Cooperatives are excellent business structures to use when a typical for-profit business may not work well. 

The below program is designed to help you become a future cooperative leader. 

Step 1: Review the Cooperative landscape
Please review the following:

  • Defying the Crisis: the Spanish Collective Mondragon: Mondragon (watch

  • The SRC Story: The Great Game of Business (watch)

  • Stuff Westjetters say: Westjet (watch)

  • Everything cooperative: podcast (listen)

  • The Italian region where cooperatives produce one third of the GDP: Yes Magazine (read)

  • Your First Committee Meeting: OREAinfo (watch)

  • If you are in Australia - Co-operatives in Australia: NSW Coops (read)

  • If you are in Australia - something on Employee Share Schemes

  • If you are in the US - Forms of Business Structure: Corporate Finance Institute (e-course


Step 2: Take the Cooperative Acumen Test
This is a 100 multiple choice question test based on the material at Step 1.  Pass mark set at 80%.

Step 3: Take the Mini MBA 
Cooperatives are a very interesting model to be sure, but the standard for profit, shareholder-owned enterprise is not going anywhere. In fact, it was the fate of large cooperatives like CBH (formerly Cooperative Bulk Handling) to list on the ASX and become a normal shareholder-owned enterprise. If you run a cooperative, you should be every bit as well-versed in sound managerial principles in these environments as you are in a cooperative environment.  

The exam contains 60 multiple choice questions. Pass mark set at 80%. It is accompanied by a workbook that I will step you through on the phone. 

Step 4: Complete the pre-feasibility questionnaire
Now, you should be ready to submit your idea for a cooperative. I will then compile a 6+ page feasibility study for you.

Step 5: Business plan & establishment

Now, you should be ready to submit your idea for a cooperative. I will then compile a 6+ page feasibility study for you.

Step 6: Ongoing maintenance

Now, you should be ready to submit your idea for a cooperative. I will then compile a 6+ page feasibility study for you.

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