Are men better at business than women?

July 22, 2008 at 1:50 pm 1 comment

This was a questioned asked by a business coach in a blog posting “Do Women Owned Businesses Earn Lower Profits Than Businesses Owned By Men?“. He attempts to justify his answer by showing some stats and relating research back to Elizabeth Gordon’s book “The Chic Entrepreneur“. Perhaps evidence shows that women owned businesses yield lower profis than those owned by men, but there are a few factors missing. Read my answer to his posting:

It depends what you are asking by “Are men better at Business than women?”. Women bring structure, organization, motivation, compensation, and merit to the workforce. Men think about the Big Bucks and the bottom line. Sure male business owners might bring in a larger profit than women business owners, but how can you compare, really, when a very small percentage of businesses are run by women? Women aim for a better work-life balance, men don’t. Women want the people in her workplace to be happy, healthy, and loving their job. Men want his workers to build his profits.Perhaps this question can be better answered if you look at the type of businesses women run compared to those of men. Depending on the industry, many companies are inherently predisposed to a higher potential earning. Grandmas homebaked goods, unless acquired by Kraft, doubtfully will be a billion dollar company, compared to a fancy-dancy application for your iPhone. I am not suggesting that men are big, mean, horrible people to work for. The opposite is true. I love working with men because they are go getters. But at the same time women bring that organization and stability to the company. A happy mix of both genders works well!


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  • 1. Paul, Your Profit Coach  |  July 22, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    Hi Renee

    I did say that I’d been jolted by the comment in Elizabeth’s book but some very quick research seems to back it up.

    I have replied to your comment and I don’t disagree with you. I’m certainly not saying that women are worse but I think it is interesting.

    As I explained in my comment I had always divided the world into good business people and bad ones without any gender boundaries which is why I was so surprised by Elizabeth’s comment.


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