Jen BudneyJen Budney

Carol, you are correct that problems arise when board members come to meeting wearing the “hat” of self-interest. This has negative effects on all sorts of co-operatives, not just multi-stakeholder co-ops like the Diefenbaker Clinic. It requires a good Chair and good CEO (with a good working relationship between them) to keep Board members focused on the common, shared goals and vision. That’s the board member’s job- not to advocate for themselves. A good onboarding process for new board members can help reinforce this.


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