In Season 6 of ABC’s series “Suits”, Jessica Pearson leads a battle to save what’s left of her gutted Law Firm. Flanked by her two male colleagues Harvey and Louis she leads the rebuild of the company through force of sheer will, and a determination to do what it takes, however unpalatable.
Attending my colleague (and Managing Director) Natacha’s speech Thursday at Ceridian, I was intrigued by one of her slides. Natacha remarked that since the National Code of Corporate Governance passed, she had been invited to serve as a female board member on public company boards. However, she asked, quite rightly, why she had never been invited before the Code of Corporate Governance was passed. She encouraged women to offer their services as Board Members, not because they are women, but because they are good, and can positively help Boards make better decisions. At Ceridian, this could mean capable female engineers providing boards with much-needed perspective on cutting edge technology and state of the art innovation.
In my career, I’ve had both male and female bosses, and today at my startup, I work for two female bosses. Since I begun, I’ve become humble, and learned my g**m place. I’ll never know what it’s like to have to protect an entity in its infancy with all the resources ones has, than two women might do.
Listen to Jack Ma. But go much further: get a woman who’s much better than you to lead. It might just save your firm.
Happy Women’s Day.