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Could Have Spell Check Saved The Task On The Apprentice?

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We left off last week with the knowledge that one more person was going to be fired.  Trump called them back in right off and asked them each why he shouldn’t fire them and who was the weakest player.

Brandy and Clint both talked about their accomplishments and said each other was stronger than Liza.

Liza didn’t tell Trump what she could do for his company. Instead she talked about how it would help her. Big mistake. Trump didn’t call her out on it, but I sure noticed.

If you are in an interview, the interviewer wants to know what you can do what you can do to help the company.   You need to sell yourself and let them know how you can benefit them and why they should “buy” you instead of another “product” on the shelf.

In the end Donald Trump fired Liza. It was the obvious choice. I did feel bad for her partly because her facial expressions remind me of one of my sisters.

Clint Roberts and Brandy are the final two. Trump brought back six of the fired applicants back, but this time he divided them into two teams and Brandy had the choice of choosing the team or the task.

The two teams were Anand, Stephanie, and Liza on one team and Steuart, Poppy, and Mahsa on the other.

The tasks were a celebrity golf tournament or a dinner with a performance by Liza Minnelli.

Brandy choose the first team because she did not want to be on the same team as Mahsa. I don’t blame her for that.

Clint got first choice on the task and he choose Liza Minnelli, which surprised everyone. That left the golf tournament for Brandy.

The tasks started and each team had a member that had experience in that area. Liza was a pro golfer and Steuart grew up in the hospitality industry.  What I really liked was how the others deferred to their suggestions even if they didn’t agree.

One thing I have to bring up is about Anand. If you remember he was fired for cheating and lying. He sent a text out to try to get customers at the chariot task and then lied about it when Trump confronted him.

Don Jr visited Team Brandy and took a jab at Anand. He asked if Anand was going to watch the cheaters.

Brandy was in charge of prizes as part of the task. She didn’t know what to do so she told Liza and Anand to go get $1,000 gift cards. I didn’t think that was a very good idea for celebrities.  In my opinion the “trophy” is more important than the function for people that have money.

The big mix up on Team Brandy was with the photographer. Brandy told him Trump National, but she didn’t specify which one and the photographer went to the wrong place.  That isn’t a task killer, but that isn’t all that happened.

Brandy was also tasked with setting up who will golf with Donald Trump. Trump requested that Liza be in his group. The problem with that is Brandy will be done a person during the task.

The trouble on Team Brandy is nothing compared to what happened on Team Clint.  Clint was in charge of the signs and brochures. When the team got the signs they noticed Liza Minnelli was spelled Liza Mineli on all of the printed material!

They spent $4,000 and only had $1,400 left to fix all of the signs. The episode ended before we could see Clint’s reaction to finding out, but if he can’t fix it he could easily lose the task for that reason alone. Celebrities are a sensitive bunch and a misspelled name can be an insult.

It will be exciting to see who wins. In the beginning I thought Brandy would be one to make it to the finals. That was until she started playing the victim. It looked to me like she got burned out and rode the rest of the way off of her performance in the beginning when she was strong.

It worked for her and she made. Now we will find out if she will be the Brandy of old or continue on the down the same road.

Clint was ready to go from the beginning, but we didn’t seem him shine for a couple weeks. Once we were able to take notice he kept going strong and proved he deserved to be in the finals.

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James Fires David on The Apprentice

This week on The Apprentice, the task was to run a doggy day spa and create a value added bonus. On the men’s team, James took on the role of project manager. We didn’t get to see if it was his idea or if Wade suggested it like the previous tasks.

On the women’s team, Tyana was the project manager.  For Liza’s sake the women needed to win.  The women, with the exception of Liza and Mahsa, worked well together.  Their added value was to make the lowest day, Tuesday, a special day by providing a report card, or schedule of what the dog did that day, along with a picture.

Wade came up with an idea of providing access to a webcam so owners could peak in on their dogs while they were at work.  I thought that was a pretty good idea.  They also wanted to make it a red carpet event for the dogs.

The problem the men had was James went in to the task with the idea that he needs to manage David.  If you remember, David is the arrogant jerk that rolls his eyes and picks fights with everybody.

The men were speaking with the owner and asking questions. David asked what sort of discipline  they use for the dogs and James told him basically to be quiet and that question was relevant at the time.

James may have been right, but it was one question.  David asked questions like Cyndi Lauper then I could understand, but it was one simple question.  David then muttered profanities “under his breath” that everyone, including the store owner, could hear.

James pulled David aside and talked to him in earshot of everyone else.  James really should have let it go. You can’t micro manage jerks that have no respect for you. David is like a spoiled 7 year old and confrontation only adds fuel to his spoiledness.

David said he never wanted to lose a task more than this one. Normally those are words that will get you fired, but James really was lacking in the leadership department.  Maybe it is because he is an attorney and used to dealing with other elitists, but he just didn’t know how to communicate with his team and nobody respected him.

The men bought green astro turf instead of red and then forgot the nails.  David was going to make nails out of  a binder clip and James wanted him to work on the webcams.  David showed his lack of respect and James told him to leave.

On the women’s team Mahsa wanted to be at the front to welcome people because she worked 15 years in her mom’s salon.  Tyana wanted to work the front because she was the project manager and honestly she needed to be in a role that looked like she was in charge.  Also she was ecstatic to meet Cesar Millan.

Liza was in charge of a task that the other women thought should take her a couple hours at most, but took her all day and then she didn’t even get it right.  That wasn’t so bad, but the women still had hard feelings over her outburst back in the room last week after the board room.

Mahsa was put back with the dogs, which was a good place for her to keep her out of the way.  She was upset and really wanted to see Tyana fired for not giving her what she wanted.

When the judges, Cesar and the two owners of the dog salon, came by the women’s team Tyana was smiling and talking directly to Cesar. She knew exactly what she was going to say and did a good job of explaining it and showing energy.

When they visited the men’s team, James didn’t seem like he knew what to say so some of the other men added things to try to help him out. James had no energy in his voice ad the team did not look like they had any unity.

In the board room, the women went after Liza and she was almost in tears. David went after James and the team followed.  A couple of the men did express their frustration with David since he was disruptive and swore in front of the store owner, but most of the complaining was on James.

The women won and James chose David and Wade to join him in the board room. Wade asked why him, and James told him that he has been trying to stay under the radar.  I am glad he noticed and brought it to the attention of Donald Trump.

With just the three of them Wade made a strategic move and supported David’s actions and joined him in blaming everything on James.  Wade said he would be project manager next time.

In this task, Wade didn’t do anything to warrant going to the boardroom. The cameras were his idea and he told everyone that he has spent thousands of dollars on training for his dogs. He had experience with dog day cares from a dog owner’s point of view and James didn’t utilize him like he could have.

Between David and James, I think they both should have been fired.  I wanted to support James on this one so I would feel better about David getting fired, but James just didn’t know how to lead.  I don’t know what it is about attorneys, but on this show the attorneys are awful.

David is a spoiled jerk with no respect for anyone and James is an uptight elitist. On this task I think James should have handled David differently and gave him the same amount of respect he gave the other men.  I don’t think it was a no brainer, but James was fired.

After the show he got a job with the New York District Attorneys office.  I think that is good for him. That is the crowd he can communicate with.

Overall, I think the show is getting better. Once David and Mahsa are gone I think the teams will be able to work better and accomplish better things.

Oh, and is Ivanka Trump pregnant did her outfit just make her look that way?

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The Teams Are Even After The Second Episode Of The Apprentice

This episode was better than the previous.  The project managers were picked. On the men’s team Wade was able to deflect the responsibility once again by being the first to speak up and suggest someone. This time he said David said he would step up.  David had to step up at that time and he was the project manager.

On the women’s team, Poppy took on the role of project manager.

The task was to sell ice cream and the team that earns the most, wins.  On the men’s team David assigned James with the task of picking the location.  He chose Union Square and they took off selling.

They didn’t have an organized strategy and they didn’t start off very well.  They set their price at $3 for an ice cream sandwich.  They were very aggressive with their selling and scared a lot of people off.

Steuart and Anand were the clear salesmen on the team. Everyone contributed, but they were able to close more.

The women also chose Union Square. Poppy place Stephanie in charge of sales since she has a sales background.  Apparently she also has a background in mico-managing because she was criticizing everything the women did.

The two teams didn’t run into each other on the first day, but as the men tried out different spots the women moved into one of the the men’s old spots and started to do quite well. They set their price at $5.

James was concerned about the selling tactics and talked to David about it.  He brushed him off and nothing changed.  James and Alex went out to get some sort of uniform so they could look like a team. They brought back barber shop type striped vests and hats.

The women started off really slow, but picked up the pace by trying to sell cases instead of individual ice cream.  That worked out and they sold a few.  They also decided to get uniforms and chose pink tank tops and a large flower headband.

The men felt the area just wasn’t working and they moved to another location.  They did well there and made a lot of sales.

The second day the men decided to go back to their first spot which just happened to be where the women found success.  The men got their first and were selling. The women showed up and decided to set up right next to them. Teams fought over customers and the women ended up moving.

The didn’t move very far so the men started poaching their potential customers. The women started complaining about how childish and immature it was which I found amusing.  The women invaded the men’s area first and that was perfectly adult of them.  It gets better.

At the end of the day the women went back over to the men’s area and gave free ice cream to anyone the men tried to sell to. I guess that was revenge.

The points I think are important to take from this task are:

  1. In sales hunters always bag more sales than fishermen.  You have got to be a little aggressive, but not so much that you scare people off. Many people may want the ice cream, but might be too shy to go over to the cart and buy some, but if approached they just can’t say ‘no’.
  2. Have a uniform. If there are more than one of you, it is important to dress the same and send people out to direct traffic to your cart.   People will know you are part of a group and you will get more sales.
  3. Bulk sales might take more time than a single sale, but you will sell more in less time if you go after bulk sales. The women did this and the men did not.

In the board room Donald Trump asked Poppy who was the weakest member.  She didn’t want to answer, but finally said that Liza was less strong than everyone else.  I can’t disagree with her. In the task they set a firm price of $5 and Liza went out right away and said it is $5, but she can give it to them for $3. They lost sales because of this. Liza just didn’t know what to do.

Others on the team agreed and Trump said Liza, you’re fired!  Then he said just kidding.  I thought that was pretty mean. I think Trump was either high or he had to sleep on the coach the night before, because he was on one.

Mahsa was strategically quiet in this task which I think was very smart of her.  Trump asked her if she thinks her team won and she said she knows they won. Trump didn’t like that response and went on about how she can’t know and doesn’t know if they won. He said she should say she thinks they won.

I thought that was pretty silly of him which led me to believe that something was up with him.

He asked Gene if he thought the men won and Gene said absolutely which Trump took as “I absolutely know we won” and went off on Gene.

He announced that the women made $1800 and the men made $1500 so Gene was wrong. The women were dismissed and David decided to keep James and Alex. He said Alex was like a puppy and he had to spend too much time watching them both.  I was surprised that he brought James back since the men were happy with the locations he chose.

During the task the editing never showed David watching over James and Alex so I think everyone was surprised to hear his reason. The did sell the least amount of ice cream so he could have used that excuse instead of an insulting one, but that is David.

In the board room one false move and you are gone.  Trump asked Alex if he was in their league. He responded by saying he thinks he can be in their league, immediately following that he said he is in their league.

That did it for him and he was fired.

Back in the room with the women, Liza was still upset and called Poppy the B word when she tried to apologize and put it behind them. Everyone attacked her for that and now she will be next on the women’s hit list.

After the taxi ride of shame they showed us how Alex has since found his dream job of becoming a construction manager.  I like how they are doing that this season.  They do not, however, show the rewards like they had in the past.

In this show the smartest or most qualified does not win, it is the person that most closely resembles a scorpion. You have to be able to smile to your teammates’ face while simultaneously stabbing them in the back. That is what Trump wants to see and that is who stays.

That isn’t the way business should be and this show only adds to the hatred of capitalism because of it.

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The Apprentice is Back and Disappointing as Ever

The Apprentice is back with another season, but this time there are no celebrities.  Thank goodness.  I was so excited to watch this season, because there would be real people and I learned a lot from the previous seasons with real people fighting for a job.

Here are the candidates this season (they don’t list their last names this season): Alex, Anand, Brandy, Clint, David, Gene, James, Kelly, Liza, Mahsa, Nicole, Poppy, Stephanie, Steuart, Tyana, and Wade.

The season premier was a disappointment.  This has turned into a cut-throat no holds barred fight.  The Apprentice certainly had moments like this in the past, but this season most contestants are looking to protect themselves more than anything.

I completely understand where they are coming from. Donald Trump is known for firing people because they came up with an idea during a brain storming session that ended up losing or they didn’t fight hard enough even though the didn’t do anything wrong in the task.

I was really looking forward to seeing creativity and ingenuity, but instead I saw people making sure they pointed out others faults so their own wouldn’t seem so grand.

In the first episode the teams, boys against girls, were tasked with creating an ultra modern office space. Gene was appointed project manager of the men and they chose Octane for their name.

Nicole volunteered to be project manager of the women and they chose fortitude as their name.

It is always entertaining to watch the teams the first time they are together. On the men’s team a couple of them tried to establish their dominance by attempting to direct the conversations.  Nobody wanted to volunteer to be project manager and since Gene is the oldest Wade nominated him. I am sure he was thinking he would be easy to get rid of.

After decisions were made James, talking to the camera alone, expressed his surprise at the fact that nobody stepped up to be PM first.  Uh, James you didn’t volunteer either.

Nicole announced to the women that she would be project manager first and nobody wanted to challenge that. They gladly let her be first.

The first day Nicole seemed to judge people by how they looked and ignored suggestions by Tyana because she wore a “tacky” dress.  Tyana was in real estate and did a lot of staging so she should have been a star at this task.

The women all seemed to be choosing someone that they felt would fit nicely under the bus and proceeded to complain about that person.  It wasn’t that difficult either.

Nicole did not do any of the labor which instantly turned her teammates against her. Seriously though, how often does the boss dig ditches?

Nicole had a strategy of giving people a task so she could say it was their responsibility.

The Omarosa of this season is actually a toss up between Mahsa and David. More on David later.

Mahsa is an assistant district attorney and she made sure everybody knew it, several times. Her strategy was “Don’t ask me any questions just tell me what to do.”  That is a good way to protect yourself. She could easily say she did what she was told and nothing could be pinned on her. If her part of the task failed she could argue that she did exactly as instructed and it is the PMs fault for the creative part.

I would not want someone like that on my team.  A good team member also can think and give good ideas.  You follow orders for minimum wage, an executive salary requires thinking.

On day two for the women, Nicole realized she needed to use Tyana so that Trump couldn’t ask why she didn’t use her. Eventually she respected her decisions.

On the men’s team Gene looked like he didn’t know what was going on, but was pretending that he did. He would assign tasks to multiple people.  Anand and Jeremy grew tired of watching the chaos and took over with the designer to get something on paper.

Gene assigned David and Clint to do the floral. He then assigned David to do the A/V, and gave the task of plants to Clint.  David came back and lied to Clint to get the phone and then took the florist list from Clint and tried to call.

Clint didn’t like that and told David to give it back. David started threatening Clint about touching him again.  Clint is a big guy from the construction industry while David is a pudgy ex sales rep.  David wouldn’t have stood a chance against Clint.

I just thought the whole thing was immature and below people vying for a spot in the Trump organization.

In the end Donald Trump didn’t like either space.  Before he announced the winner Mahsa went after Nicole. She was very abrasive and turned Ivanka off.

If I had someone like Mahsa on my team I would fire her right away. There is no place for someone like that.

The men’s team won and the reward was time with Donald Trump, which is pretty good since he has fire power.

Nicole brought Mahsa and Tyana back in the board room. Mahsa went off again, but it really was Nicole’s fault they lost so she was fired.  In a twist Donald Trump is going to set up an interview with the Miss America Pageant for Nicole.

This season contains contestants that mostly are unemployed. A few of them did have jobs, but overall I think something they forget is they aren’t hot stuff or they would have jobs or successful businesses.  I don’t know if I will be able to stand watching the whole season, but I will give it my best shot.

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