Magazine article New Zealand Management

A Question of Colour

Magazine article New Zealand Management

A Question of Colour

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It's a well-honed axiom--that one about women having to score a lot higher across the capability spectrum than male colleagues in order to achieve the same seniority (though possibly not the same reward) levels.

Even women who are totally averse to playing the gender card in any situation--like our cover story subject Geraldine McBride--agree with that one. Her advice to women aiming for leadership roles is that they be 25 percent better than male colleagues if they want to be recognised.

Throw in a few extra percentage points if you're talking about women from a minority culture--the few who make it into senior roles are a pretty impressive bunch, as is evident from our feature on minority managers.

In the light of talking to these women and getting a sense not only of what they personally contribute to our business world but the unquestionable benefits that a diversity of background, experience, thoughts and ideas bring to any workplace, it is oh so sad to see the 'Kiwi experience' barrier being bolstered by opportunistic politicians.

Those who've worked internationally are well aware of the beneficial synergies that different cultures can contribute to this country's skill base. …

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