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Celebrity Apprentice and gender communication differences

May 23, 2011

We all know that as kids, boys and girls communicate very differently. Boys roughhouse, make imaginary guns out of anything they can, and compete with each other to make gross noises; while many girls prefer to play with dolls, clothes and role-playing games.

In the professional world, these gender differences are still obvious. No matter how much men dislike each other, they can work together to promote the business, make deals or anything else related to work. In most instances, they are able to compartmentalize work from friendship. Women, on the other hand, often find it difficult to work with each other when the relationship is not friendly.

Nowhere was this more evident than on recent episodes of Celebrity Apprentice. Although the men didn’t get along all that well, they managed to work together and win most of the challenges. It was only toward the end that they finally had a big blow-up.

Meanwhile, Nene Leaks, LaToya Jackson and Star Jones went at each other almost every week. The women’s team continued to lose – they couldn’t work successfully together due to the internal strife.

Maybe this is one of the reasons women still don’t get ahead as fast as men. After all, in most companies there are men in leadership positions.

What’s your observation?

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