May 152020

If our decisions are to be based on science and logic

we had better be able to recognize sound versus unsound argument.

I re-posted  Why women leaders are excelling during the coronavirus pandemic  from Concordia University.

I think there is a  mix-up of cause-and-effect.


In those countries, power is enhanced by the complementary nature of two genders contributing. The added value of this complementary factor in business management, for example, has been the subject of several studies. One of them, entitled “Delivering through Diversity,” by American consulting firm McKinsey, suggests that businesses with a more equitable gender balance perform better financially.

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IS there an error in argument?

Is it  A:    “businesses with a more equitable gender balance perform better“?   (which is used to support the argument that nations led by women are doing better at managing covid)

Could it be  B:   ” businesses – – entities, even families – –  that are MORE EQUITABLE (impartial, fair, just)  perform better”?

If B is more accurate, the cause of inferior performance in general in the Canadian context might be corruption – – read on.


Women (not only women) can advance to achieve parity where there is EQUITY and DIVERSITY.

Research shows that the decisions of a monoculture group will usually be inferior.  That makes sense to me – –  primarily one view, one sensibility reaches the table; people at the table largely agree with each other.  Decisions are thereby shielded, whether the group is aware or not.

Introduce a different view and sensibility.  What happens?  Not always, but likely,  no matter how wrong “the gang” is and how right the interloper is, the interloper will be marginalized or driven out.  Others around the table don’t really process the different view, or if they do,  they rationalize it away.  Some will go along to get along.  Some will go along with the hope of future rewards.

To me, the experience of former Attorney-General Jodi Wilson-Raybould, familiar to Canadians, is an instructive example. There was no way for her to do her job in the Canadian political – commercial arena.  Canadians received inferior performance.

SNC-Lavalin is only one of the seriously corrupting influences in Canada.   A critical mass of  the persons at the table, regardless whether Liberal or Conservative, business person or politician,  does not allow new entrants with different views to stray outside their imposed limits.

The “diversity” that Wilson-Raybould brought to the table was perpendicular – – straight up – – insistence on the Rule of Law.  She was the Attorney-General.  A few others around the Cabinet table supported her.   They are gone now.

The political-commercial power networks rationalize wrong behaviour.  They are “loyal”;  they “have each others’ backs”.  The monoculture can make very bad decisions.

Impartiality, fairness, and justice, are impossible without the Rule of Law.   Enforcement of laws is a critical component.

HOWEVER,  those same attributes are anathema to those around the table, who like their power and their club members.  A critical mass actively do not want to be ruled by the Laws.  The Laws are for the commoners.

It’s really about two-tiered justice and people with money trying to receive a better deal from the political-economic system for their power group.   The top guys at SNC Lavalin are not subject to the Rule of Law.  Nor are the people to whom they make large contributions.

So, do “Businesses with a more equitable gender balance perform better ?” 

NO.   It is an EFFECT observed in groups of human beings with a strong ethic of 



justice, and

the rule of law.

Gender balance in the organization is not the CAUSAL relationship.

The diversity and equality that are required for sound decision-making (better performance)  are denied by corruption.


If our decisions are to be based on science and logic

we had better be able to recognize sound versus unsound argument.


  One Response to “2020-05-14 A mix-up of cause and effect? My rebuttal RE: women in leadership”

  1. Thank you Sandra. An excellent article.
    The corruption is being exposed but not by the mainstream media. The established political parties are compromised.

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