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Comment of the week: Gender divisions are not black and white

Online comment related to last week’s coliumn by Nic Cicutti: Ditch the macho culture to attract more female advisers

Some female advisers may well be better than some male advisers but then some left handed advisers may be better than some right handed advisers-so what?

The suggestion that female advisers are inherently better than male advisers is unproven. Honestly Nic some females are really strident and unpleasant – I’ve met a few. I have also met some very pleasant females of great charm.

This stuff about females coming from Mars and males coming from Venus (or possibly the other way round) is okay if you are trying to sell a book but the essential skills and empathy needed to be a good adviser are found in males and females. Some clients may of course prefer a female adviser but plenty are not bothered.

Blair Cann 



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