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The 21st century is here. The attitudes and mentallity are still the same. Its about time to live in the 21st century ! Women makes up 50 % of the workforce, population is ageing, there is defintitely more benefits when women are on the high decision making posts in boards as seen in research. So what is stopping womenkind ? Women are just as good as men or even better. Today ,we need to start thinking of the future. Is it a sin to be born as a women? No, it is in my opinion an asset and a joy to be one,beneficial to families, to mankind, to nation and to the world !
The problem is, head hunters are not experts in this area. They are focused on getting a sale. Now that is fair enough, but the over-riding focus, if they know that (by reading about it) that the vast majority of boards are already made up of men (in a recent article, 12 out of 500 FTSE boards in the US), then they are not going to push for a woman if it would mean losing the sale. I would also agree with Hazel above, if they are focused on the best boards, why are they so bad currently? There really needs to be an understanding of these issues. 'Unconscious bias' is unfortunately becoming a 'fad' picked up by ill-informed practitioners, but is at the heart of this. Even the skills of leaders are thought to be men, many I suspect, head hunters will be men dealing with bank boards. Unconscious bias is an aspect of our brains which, if not challenged, carries on into institutional bias of all HR processes which is currently the case. Why are most nurses women, teachers women, investment bankers men, traders men? Bias. Changing organisational cultures is the way forward. Having professional research studies done and published would be useful. There is bias right the way through a woman's career. It does not really matter how many women are appointed, they may be forced out (as many are at the top) because of unfriendly organisational cultures which do not support them, or they are given work that is different to men, leading to 'glass cliff' effects.
What a shame all these head-hunters don't know enough competent, capable women. Maybe they should get out more?<br/><br/>And it depends what you mean by, "the right mix of skills, experience and personalities to add effective value.” <br/><br/>It could be argued that few or no women on Boards mean that they simply don't have a good mix.<br/><br/>And while we're on the subject, if the composition is so good now, why are there so many bad Board decisions in banks, Health Authorities, oil companies, etc?<br/><br/>Hazel
An interesting article and some useful comparisons with what is happening around Europe. However, I would like to correct some miss-representation regarding Norway. Contrary to the quote by Kate Grussing Norway's population is just shy of 5 million nearly 10 times the size of Cornwall's population.
So, Norway is "roughly" the size of Cornwall is it? Norway is over 100 times larger than Cornwall and its population is around 4,500,000 greater! Kate Grussing's version of "roughly" must be a bit more rough than mine!