• Fi posted an update 1 year, 6 months ago

    Top ten excuses for not having women on board…

    “I don’t think women fit comfortably into the board environment”

    “There aren’t that many women with the right credentials and depth of experience to sit on the board – the issues covered are extremely complex”

    “Most women don’t want the hassle or pressure of sitting on a board”

    “Shareholders just aren’t interested in the make-up of the board, so why should we be?”

    “My other board colleagues wouldn’t want to appoint a woman on our board”

    “All the ‘good’ women have already been snapped up”

    “We have one woman already on the board, so we are done – it is someone else’s turn”

    “There aren’t any vacancies at the moment – if there were I would think about appointing a woman”

    “We need to build the pipeline from the bottom – there just aren’t enough senior women in this sector”

    “I can’t just appoint a woman because I want to”


    OK, can we come up with better ones?

    Mine to start us off

    “Five of our male board members self-identify as women, so we’re completely compliant.”

    “We don’t have women’s bathroom facilities.”

    “After we fulfilled our disabled, gay, and Trans quotas, we’d run out of board places..”

    Your go!

    • They’re all a bunch of corporate automaton toss bags anyway male or female.

      • Really? Not a good person amongst them? “Power to the people!”

        • Maybe im jaded from working for a big corporate outfit…but the mundane corporate culture, seemingly endless drive to get you to wear the company logo on your arm, culture of we must do everything for the good of ‘the business’ not to mention the vomit inducing vocabulary of corporate nonsence has made me a bit anti-establishment. There are many females in the upper echelons of the organisation i work for and they do a great job. I just dont like corporate drivel.

      • Gosh, your career failure has left a chip…

        • On the other hand, senior execs do spend at least some of their time agonising over the wording of “Our Values” and posting sickeningly insincere “colleague engagement” videos on youtube. So on the basis of this evidence, it might be fair to conclude that if that’s what you want to do with your life (and let’s face it, you do have to devote your life to it, you don’t get there for nowt), you probably don’t have a soul.

        • @amy On the contrary im only 29 and a couple of years back decided that following passions in my life like soccer, generally spending times with people I like being around was far more important to me than striving for ever more money, ever more responsibility, being constantly connected to emails all to achieve a high flying career for which i really dont care.

          When I started work out of uni at 22 I was all for going after a big career but after 5 years realised it wasn’t what was important to me. I earn more than enough to enjoy my life at the moment so why not do that now instead of regretting being a slave to the corporate bone hammer when im in my 60’s and cant get my time back?

          I have no chips. Why we are pushed in the direction of needing to have a big career to be a success i dont know. If thats what floats your boat and give you your get up and go then by all means go for it all guns blazing. For me my get up and go comes from knowing once my work is done i can turn my attention to the mountains and switch off from work. I work 3 weeks on 3 weeks off on an oil rig. During my 3 weeks on I do my work, during my 3 weeks off it doesnt exist to me.

          • I think there’s an interesting divide between people here: that of extrinsic and intrinsic value.

            I have enormous respect and admiration for people who work hard and achieve a great deal when what they’re doing has intrinsic value. Academics, creatives, medical professionals, etc etc all devote themselves to their work in a way that I just can’t be arsed with (although I do have to do work that has intrinsic value because otherwise I’m overwhelmed by a sense of emptiness and despair as I watch my life slowly disappear down the drain of capitalist futility).

            But if it’s just climbing a career ladder to achieve money and status – which are extrinsic rewards, they reward us by being compared against others – I don’t see the value. There might be positive side-effects like contributing to the economy, providing employment and paying tax – and these are worthwhile so I’m glad other people are into playing the game – but they’re side effects, they’re not the reasons people aspire to get to the highest rung on the ladder.

    • We would employ more women but we can’t find any women that went to Eton!

    • To be fair, the ones mentioning lack of candidates may well be true.

    • So when a women finally makes it on to the board (or upper management, as is the case where I work)….

      “Who did she sleep with?!”

    • The problem is lack of supply: all the women who are really, really good at bullshit bingo, go into politics.

    • I know of a company whose chairman made people directors because they were yes-men and he liked having them around him. They are a shower of self-serving snobs and yo-ho-hoing golfers whose paranoia and mistrust of others is mistaken for business acumen. I really don’t think any self-respecting woman would want to be a part of that exclusive little club.