Developed solely for co-ops, our Advanced Governance Series (AGS) merges timely, content-rich courses and dynamic collegial interaction. Focus is given to the complexities of governance today and fiduciary responsibilities directors face. The result is a proven path to higher board performance and greater confidence for directors seeking substance and significance.

Instructors for this series are carefully selected for rigor and relevancy in their subject matter. FCCS further assures that each is current in the nuances of the cooperative business model, the current and emerging environment and the unique needs of each AGS group.

For more information on the Advanced/Premier Governance Series or any of the FCCS Governance Programs and Services, contact Leslie Hilton, VP, Board Governance and Development.

The model:

CONVENE We assemble a group of eight to 10 cooperatives with similar interests and issues. Each group selects a chairperson to assure priorities are met.

COMMIT Participants agree to an initial three-year commitment to secure funding and ensure director buy-in.

CUSTOMIZE Each AGS group determines the schedule, module sequence and need for tailored content and material.

Addressing Areas Essential to Excellence

Six core modules provide AGS participants a solid foundation for leadership decision-making. Content can be further customized to meet the specific needs of the group. Focus areas include:

Excellence in Board Leadership

This 2-day module focuses on leading among equals. Directors learn their own leadership style, as well as when it’s beneficial and when it’s not. Board dynamics and facilitation skills are addressed.

Strategy Alignment and Execution

This 1.5-day module delves into the art and science of strategy and the complementary roles board and management play in the strategic planning process. Directors focus on orga­nizational differentiation and the impact of maintaining or changing their current course.

Financial Direction of the Enterprise and Managing Risk

This 2-day module addresses today’s economic volatility and geo-political shifts. Highly interactive, it’s geared to help directors understand decisions in the broader scope of information and possibilities.

Human Capital as a Resource

Highly interactive, this 1.5-day module focuses on high-profile subjects such as CEO succession, executive compensation, talent management and crisis management. Case studies spark healthy dialogue.

Gettysburg Leadership Experience

This experiential, 3-day module uses the Battle of Gettysburg and the leadership styles and choices of its leaders to explore current governance needs. The classroom/battlefield context provides powerful, lasting lessons.

Lewis & Clark Experience

Imagining a Different Future… Portaging into the Unknown… Creating a Lasting Legacy: these pivotal themes come alive in this 2.5-day course. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark’s 1803 trek into the uncharted West provides an optimal context for discovery.

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