Women in Consulting

Strategy Training Women in Consulting


This is the eleventh podcast for the power sector corporate strategy study we will soon release as part of our Executive Program.

This podcast covers three topics, but the primary topic is gender equality on consulting studies: women in consulting. We are, of course, a major proponent on gender equality but my observations is that sometimes female managers only want the “good” things that equality brings while avoiding the “bad” things and passing that work onto male colleagues.

Equality, unfortunately, means accepting and working with both the good and bad things.

This podcast discusses this concept and how to manage things.

We discuss the week 3 of the study where 9am to 1pm of every single day is dedicated to training for the client. We explain why so much time is dedicated to training and our unusual approach to sharing everything with the client. We basically transfer everything we have to the client. Literally everything.

We finally discuss many of the “surprises” we are uncovering which have the potential to radically alter the direction of the study.

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2 responses to Women in Consulting

  1. Hi Scott,

    You raise some good ideas, but I am actually not saying what you think I am saying.

    I think you are misunderstanding my core point.

    My point is that certain messy roles can be done by women on studies but they are not being done since they are considered a “man’s” role. That needs to change. Within the extreme examples you cited there are numerous less extreme roles that women need to adopt on studies. I cited them in the podcast.

    I absolutely agree it is wise and prudent for women to not do some roles. There we agree. However, the example of women walking alone at night is not my example and I have not nor have I ever implied women should undertake dangerous roles for the sake of inequality. It is your example.

    I am however saying it is a women’s right to chose the role she wishes to take.

    The flip side to this, is that I cannot know your motivations for making these statements. This is not be harsh, but obviously I do not know you. There are many, many sexist leaders who would use your very same moralistic arguments not to give women roles they deserve. I recall being in heated discussions to once give a female partner the chance to lead the Riyadh office. So, my point is that you and I should not be making these decisions. Female consultants should demand what they seek as equality versus two males called Scott and Michael deciding what is equality.

    Because males deciding what is equality is the height of inequality.

    Women and men are different. For ages men used those differences to take the best in life and give women the worst. They still do. Now that roles are just starting to be balanced and reversed in a handful of cities and sectors, the expectation is that women, provided their safety is not compromised, would not seek only the best roles and give men the worst roles.


  2. Hi Michael,

    Interesting podcast. I agree in principle with your sentiment about equality, but only in the case where the “bad” things are equally applied to both men and women. For that reason, I do not believe your example of traveling to a dangerous place is appropriate.

    Most of the time, you are not worried about some “bomber” randomly attacking people in an indiscriminate manner. There are certainly locations, many in developing countries such as in the current study, where it is not dangerous for a man to travel but a woman has significantly more to worry about. Similarly, for cultural reasons, there are some countries where it makes much more sense for men to go, simply due to the fact that the women would not be treated equally once they get there.

    Obviously we should all strive towards a future where men and women can be treated equally in this respect too, but I would argue that in some cases treating men and women differently is just being prudent. Just as a woman walking alone at night unfortunately has more to be worried about than her male counterpart, should we still expect her to walk home alone for “equality’s” sake?

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