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I understand that the wildly provocative headline is purely link bait. But, seriously I am baffled by what Penelope Trunk is saying in this post. I can only hope that she is being provocative for the sake of being provocative and doesn’t really believe these things. I find her reasoning very peculiar too. Sure it might be a distraction for people to have to contend with different operational styles but that could just mean that it’s male founders that need to do the adjusting. I think she is expecting far too less from male founders. If they can deal with all the challenges that come with being an entrepreneur they can surely deal with someone that expresses frustrations slightly differently from them. I suspect the vast majority of them already do and I’d like to think that the sample set that she is basing her opinion on is not representative of the larger population.

Eliminating an entire category (in this case based on sex) of potential colleagues based on gross and inaccurate generalizations is not a wise move. Not just for the founders but also adversely effects women who are looking to partner up with male colleagues. Certainly hope people don’t follow her advise. Incidents like these are a good reminder that not everyone gets everything right, not matter how successful and well-respected they might be. Don’t let the reputation and clout of someone influence how you judge what they have to say.

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Written by Varma Chanderraju

August 3, 2011 at 5:15 pm

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