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A Cooperative Builder and Innovator with Heart

A Cooperative Builder and Innovator with Heart

December 20, 2018

66 minute listen


In this week’s episode, I interview Howard Brodsky in the studios of his headquarters in Manchester, NH.  Howard is the co-founder and co-CEO of CCA Global, a $12 Billion co-op, one of the most successful co-ops in the world. We talk about his early inspirations, motivations, successes, disappointments and even… wisdom in this hour-long, unedited podcast.

What I am Reading / Listening to

Contributed by Marisa Lister

I was looking for some light reading earlier this year after devouring all of Gillian Flynn’s works, and wanted to stick to the murder / mystery genre, when I stumbled upon the Max Tudor Book Series by G.M. Malliet.  The series centers around a former MI5 agent trying to bury his past now that he has become the vicar of St. Edwold’s, located in the idyllic village of Nether Monkslip on the Southwest coast of England.  Despite his conscious life choice to distance himself from his past of violence and secrecy, murder still seems to follow him.

In the first book of the series, Wicked Autumn (Chivers, 2011), the much-disliked and very outspoken head of the local Women’s Institute is found murdered at the annual Harvest Fayre. While at first thought to be an accident, Max’s years of MI5 training tell him otherwise and quickly find him caught up in the middle of the investigation.  G.M. Malliet does a wonderful job describing the quintessential small English village filled with its unique cast of characters and will have you wanting to learn more about them and the charming protagonist while watching him practice his old craft in new circumstances.

Entrepreneur Owner-Manager Quote


“There are three types of people: those who make it up, those who make it real, and those who make it recur.”


-Jay Jacobs, parallel entrepreneur, Founder of Rapid Manufacturing (acquired by ProtoLabs) and Paperless Parts, speaking about the challenges of building an enterprise for the really, really long-term through the natural evolutions (and revolutions) as it grows and matures.

Steve Watson, entrepreneur, Bigelow Forum 2018

Energy Creation

Contributed by Stephen McGee

Running in the dark.

When the alarm goes off at 5:15am, it doesn’t feel particularly energy creating, but when I finish my trail run around 7.00am I am positively buzzing with energy.  Every Wednesday and Friday at 6am, year-round, a group of 4-5 runners from my town hit the trails.  It’s only a six-mile loop, but frankly the run is secondary.  The social component, the banter, and the time to reflect and think is what makes it so worthwhile — and energy creating.  I do some of my best thinking out on the trails.

Tahoe, Bigelow dog

This time of year, it is pitch black, so we run with headlights through the woods of Boxford, MA.  Rain, sleet, snow, freezing temperatures — we are out there.  It is habitual.  Friday (the 21st) will be the shortest day of the year – a huge milestone for our little running group.  It will gradually start to get a little lighter each time we run, and a little easier to roll out of bed when that alarm goes off.

“It is the brain, not the heart or lungs, that is the critical organ”
― Sir Roger Bannister

What do you do to intentionally refresh, or rejuvenate? I am interested in hearing from you.


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