Rodney Hide on ‘Quota Queens’

Rodney Hide writes about ‘Quota Queens’:

AUT Professor Judy McGregor is heckling companies to put more women on their boards for “diversity” reasons. She’s doing so over the top of the companies’ owners, customers and staff. It’s not her resources, her job, her product, at stake. She has no ownership interest and no skin in the game.

Worse, “Ms McGregor says there needs to be stronger government leadership on the matter and she is still a strong proponent of introducing government-mandated quotas.”  She wants police power deployed to force women into the boards of privately-owned companies.

To add insult, she says it’s for the companies’ own good.

“Those countries that have quotas a) the sky hasn’t fallen in and b) the company has been rewarded by a wealth of talent that women can bring to boards,” she says. “It’s inexcusable in 2017 to see companies that can’t find appropriate and well-qualified women to sit around the board table.”

There must be a very lofty view from atop AUT’s towers: Professor McGregor knows what’s best for every company in the country. Her’s is an extraordinary conceit.

Like most academics she will be extremely conceited. They are so far up their own fundaments they have no idea how out of touch with reality they’ve become.

She is hopelessly out-of-date viewing diversity as binary. It’s not just a male or female thing. It’s now a growing list. There’s female-to-male transgender males, asexuals, intersexes, non-binaries, gender fluids, gender questionings, so on and so forth. Professor McGregor’s diversity criterion is old-fashioned and gender narrow.

And why just gender? What about age, ethnicity, religion, qualification, schooling, wealth, family background and location? Each of these characteristics must matter in ensuring diversity.

The list of possible criteria show the absurdity of pumping gender diversity: “diversity” has no end until boards are homogenous with society at large and lacking in the skills, experience and committed capital needed for the job. The average bloke or blokess is not up to directing a company. Nor would they want to.

We don’t plump for diversity in the All Blacks or Team New Zealand. We want the best people running our companies not second-rate teams serving only to tick a politically chosen checklist.

University professors are the epitome of the promotion of the useless. No need for excellence, particularly after you’ve achieved tenure.

There are countries with racial quotas for boards. The result is professional directors paid not to say or do anything. The policy achieves nothing other than render people useless liars. We don’t want token females. We want females who can do the job better than anyone else.

Professor McGregor is head of the Social Sciences School at AUT. Two-thirds of her staff are women. Three-quarters of the school’s professors are women.

Her own department falls well short in the gender diversity stakes. Her department faces no competition, no hunt for capital and the government pays the wage bill no matter the performance. And still, she can’t achieve gender diversity. You would think she would be gentler on those of us who must make a buck to stay in business.

As is usual the hypocrisy is revealed. Watch now for an attack against Rodney Hide for telling the truth.

 

-NBR


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