Comments on: Why Facebook – and every company – needs a diverse board http://blogs.reuters.com/lucy-marcus/2012/02/08/why-facebook-and-every-company-needs-a-diverse-board/ Wed, 06 Mar 2013 09:49:44 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: ajeeb http://blogs.reuters.com/lucy-marcus/2012/02/08/why-facebook-and-every-company-needs-a-diverse-board/#comment-116 Sun, 11 Mar 2012 08:05:52 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/lucy-marcus/?p=66#comment-116 In fact, this is the problem with this world.. One creates something which everyone start liking and accepting as a part of life,Facebook. Then they want to control it and find it difficult to trust the person who started it. I mean why everything need to be operated in the same way as others.

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By: txgadfly http://blogs.reuters.com/lucy-marcus/2012/02/08/why-facebook-and-every-company-needs-a-diverse-board/#comment-115 Sat, 10 Mar 2012 09:04:47 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/lucy-marcus/?p=66#comment-115 Diversity is needed mainly to remove the influence of a particular ethnic group, conservative whites, from organizations they built. It has been a rousing success, from that perspective. Of course the members of that group might disagree.

Diversity builds a diffuse, unfocused organization able to claim membership in a wide number of communities and able to relate well to none of them. It is the ultimate vision of globalism and is a reliable organization to no one who is not on some “promote now” list of “underrepresented” groups. If such boards were honest they would all be dominated by China. Of course, they are not.

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By: Dubious7 http://blogs.reuters.com/lucy-marcus/2012/02/08/why-facebook-and-every-company-needs-a-diverse-board/#comment-110 Fri, 02 Mar 2012 12:11:24 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/lucy-marcus/?p=66#comment-110 I do think this article was weak on convincing me that a diverse board is fundamentally a better performing board. I would like to have seen some analytical proof that show that this is the case. If it cannot be proven, then we should disregard sex and ethnicity and focus on selecting the best possible persons irrespective of those factors.

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By: arbor http://blogs.reuters.com/lucy-marcus/2012/02/08/why-facebook-and-every-company-needs-a-diverse-board/#comment-109 Thu, 01 Mar 2012 14:13:53 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/lucy-marcus/?p=66#comment-109 I am an African American businessman. I have worked hard to build up a successful business. I provide jobs to inner city blacks that might not otherwise have a job. I have a board of directors that happens to be all black. The city I live in is less than 50% black. I may soon be taking my company public. It sounds like Lucy thinks I need to find some white people to put on my board in order to make it “diverse”.

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By: pcasinelli http://blogs.reuters.com/lucy-marcus/2012/02/08/why-facebook-and-every-company-needs-a-diverse-board/#comment-107 Tue, 28 Feb 2012 17:44:22 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/lucy-marcus/?p=66#comment-107 What, exactly, is the point of this article? All I see here are generalities about “diversity” and its perceived benefits to business…and no proof.

Facebook just had one of the most successful IPO’s in history. They are quickly gaining on Google as the number 1 site in the world. How much better can/could diversity make this company?

You say diversity is not about “optics,” but that is clearly the measuring stick of your point. They are all white male. Did you even consider their backgrounds?

Contrary to your viewpoint, I think commend facebook for staffing their board with some of the most qualified, innovative, and revolutionary people of this generation. Peter Thiel is on it…enough said.

There is nothing concrete in this article. All speculation and fluff.

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By: RealOscar http://blogs.reuters.com/lucy-marcus/2012/02/08/why-facebook-and-every-company-needs-a-diverse-board/#comment-105 Tue, 28 Feb 2012 08:03:43 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/lucy-marcus/?p=66#comment-105 Hire the best, the brightest, the most intelligent and the most successful. Hire leaders, movers and shakers. If they happen to be diverse, then so be it. Show me that hiring a different ethnic group or gender will increase profits or get better, more revolutionary ideas and you got a deal. Show me that John F. Kennedy was derailed by hiring people that couldn’t stand up to the President when needed to do so, then you have made your point. If yours is an opinion based upon feelings or emotions, then I don’t want it.

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By: eleno http://blogs.reuters.com/lucy-marcus/2012/02/08/why-facebook-and-every-company-needs-a-diverse-board/#comment-104 Sun, 26 Feb 2012 15:46:22 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/lucy-marcus/?p=66#comment-104 So many platitudes and unoriginal cliches in this article where to begin.

Firstly, there is no evidence that ‘diversity’ the fashion of the decade provides for a better board. Many very successful companies such as Apple do not have so-called diversity on the board.

What one is looking for is not so much diversity, but independent thought. The ability to stand against prevailing board views. There is not evidence that a diverse board does that simply because the board includes women and minorities.

The diversity argument is often used as a way of getting oneself onto a board – you are not diverse enough argues the woman or minority person…..by implication let me in.

Would Facebook benefit from diversity? Unlikely since Zuckerberg and his idiosyncrasies holds such a sway over the company that any board will not make much of a dent in its trajectory (for good or bad).

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By: SpaceCoaster http://blogs.reuters.com/lucy-marcus/2012/02/08/why-facebook-and-every-company-needs-a-diverse-board/#comment-103 Sun, 26 Feb 2012 15:11:36 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/lucy-marcus/?p=66#comment-103 I applaud Miss Marcus in her understanding that all people are not created equal. It’s about time for all hard working and successful people to step aside and relinquish their positions to people with a minority status. Her understanding that hard work, determination, and experience can only further degrade Facebook’s somewhat meager success and profitability. I hope that Miss Marcus will lead by example and forfeit her position writing for Reuters.com to someone other than a member of the ethnic majority.
If I may be so bold, I’d like to suggest a candidate for her position. He is a, soon to be unemployed, Nigerian born man by the name of Barack Obama. Don’t let his lack of any qualifications deter you from appointing him. Miss Marcus, what he lacks in tangible experience and qualifications he more than makes up with his incredibly diverse world perspective and killer smile. His failures in his current position are always to the fault of other and given a few more years to practice he may be ready for the proverbial “training wheels” to come off.
His writing would sure to have a more diverse view that your stereotypical white suburban perspective is, of course… lacking.

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By: possibilianP http://blogs.reuters.com/lucy-marcus/2012/02/08/why-facebook-and-every-company-needs-a-diverse-board/#comment-99 Mon, 20 Feb 2012 21:08:35 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/lucy-marcus/?p=66#comment-99 Not a bunch of hand-picked rubber-stampers??? That is wholly un-American!

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By: fredschumacher http://blogs.reuters.com/lucy-marcus/2012/02/08/why-facebook-and-every-company-needs-a-diverse-board/#comment-93 Sun, 12 Feb 2012 13:54:28 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/lucy-marcus/?p=66#comment-93 This is exactly the problem of the Catholic Church’s hierarchy. In the retrenchment that followed the Vatican II Council’s aggiornamento, extremely conservative bishops, all of basically like mind, were appointed by Pope John Paul II. Lost was the variety provided by original thinkers like Cardinal Bernardin. As a result, the bishops have slid into group think, losing touch with reality and their own laity.

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