Members of the SPS LinkedIn group have been discussing why there are so few women in the profession. The SPS has around 20% female membership, with a slightly higher female weighting in the LinkedIn group, and one member asked why that was.
The responses varied from those who said women were not attracted to the profession to those who raised the issue that many strategists emerge from the accounting profession – where there is a similar male/female split. There were also those who blamed the ‘boys club’ atmosphere of boards who prefer to engage with people who are like them.
However, the real divisions came between those who felt it was a vital topic for discussion, exploring whether this had a fundamental effect on the effectiveness of the profession, and those who felt it was irrelevant and devalued the forum itself.
Other discussions this month include whether people can discriminate between strategy and tactics, where the biggest challenges lie for strategists within organisations and whether culture trumps strategy.
Why not join the discussion with almost 4,000 other strategists in the SPS LinkedIn group?