The governance model on my Board is a strong representation of the model presented to us. Through efficient leadership and a strong positive relationship between the CEO, the staff and all Board members, it serves us well. Not to say perfection is 100%, as it is sometimes challenging to remove oneself from operations, but the occurrence is rare thus far in my brief tenure.
I have sat on numerous Boards over the years and found that the Model does not capture most organizations. A lot of these have been non profit Boards and often board education has helped, but must remember also in nonprofits the Board is sometimes performing a lot of the operational work.
At first read I was thinking the Diefenbaker Clinic had a pretty odd structure, and would like to know if there are any sought after skill sets or experiences that were looked for in Board members. But perhaps compassion is the first one? I’m not sure, and would be curious how members are recruited.