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It took me three days to wrap my head around why I was reacting in such a visceral way to this campaign and to the Wall Street Journal Live interview Sheryl Sandberg gave earlier last week. Making sense of the senseless. It’s practically impossible! Sound familiar!?

The inherent fallacies and dangers of Sheryl Sandberg’s Ban Bossy campaign by Paula Carrasquillo for Communities Digital News, LLC

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  1. Great analysis Paula.

    I think young girls have bigger issues on their hands than worrying about being called “bossy”. Girls continue to fall short in math/finance. I work for one of the largest mutual fund companies in the world and when I look at the leaders who sit at the top, very few are women. Even if a woman is encouraged to love math, finance and taught to manage her own money, more often than not, women give up their careers and the career trajectory in order to have and raise a family whereas very few men ever have to make that sacrifice.

    I disagree with Virginia Slims, we haven’t come that far, after all.

    Just sayin’

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    • I think women are definitely less timid and more vocal. This woman is incredibly delusional. There are so many leadership programs out there already and they’re not failing to produce more female CEOs because of the word “bossy.” I think they’re failing to produce more female CEOs because most women don’t want to be CEOs! Women take on leadership roles everyday in the home, in schools, in clubs, in community projects, etc. She insults so many with her self-righteousness. I can’t stand listening to her speak. Women, in general, do not seek to be in charge. We seek collaboration. Corporate America is about getting ahead at the cost of others failing. Once the structure and motivation behind corporate success shifts, more women may feel naturally more inclined to step in and lead. The way it is now, corporate America is too greedy and selfish to attract quality female leaders. Sandberg is not a leader in my eyes.

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    • Well said. I think corporate American attracts sociopaths.

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  2. Paula, You did such great work in this article. I love how you present your clear points and concerns. I actually was so impressed with writing- I scrolled back up to the top double checking that you had written it vs. linking to someone else’s article. it was such a well done, professional piece (not that your writing is not always great 🙂 ) I think every woman needs to read this piece. You present a voice of empowerment, leadership, and inclusion in such a positive manner (definitely NOT bossy 🙂 ). I have already sent the article to several people. thank you! and keep up the great writing 🙂

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    • Thank you so much, and I understand what you mean about the writing for this piece. It’s definitely more analytical and different from most of what I write in my blog. I can write pieces for my blog in an hour or two. But the stuff I write for CDN requires a different approach, because the audience and purpose is so different than my blog. I wouldn’t say it’s more technical but less personal and more objective. 🙂

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    • Oh, and don’t forget I earned my MA from Regis U. Colorado schools rock, Kimberly! 🙂

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