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The Apprentice 2 Weekly Performance Review, Episode 2: Mmmmmm... Donuts!Page 2
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Jennifer C.: My advice is pretty simple: Shut. UP. Even after Bradford was fired, you piped up with "I've learned never to speak up again!" Um, no you didn't. Had you learned this simple idea, you wouldn't have spoken! In another boardroom, telling Trump "that's insane" when he gives his opinion would have gotten you thrown out so quick your head would spin.
Stacie: Your big problem is that you don't have the respect of any of your teammates. Now, normally I would consider it a plus that you don't relate to this pack of giggling ninnies, but unfortunately, in business you can't choose your co-workers. In other words, learn to get along or get going.
Ivana: Let's put it bluntly: Bradford was fired for doing exactly what you refused to do - take responsibility. Something that really drives me nuts, whether it's an employee or a little kid, is pointing fingers and yelling, "It's not my fault!" Yes, it WAS your fault. It took three hours to locate the other cart? You couldn't have sent more than one person to look? You got kicked out of the TKTS line, so why did it take you so long to figure out another corner? Was it because you didn't have a whiteboard to list one hundred and fifty-three options?
You had no spine, you were indecisive, and you refused to take responsibility for anything. Your team was a disaster with you in charge, and say what you will about Bradford's leadership, but he got results and you didn't. If Bradford was chaos, as you day, your stint as PM was Armageddon. Or do we just not know what all went into it? Let's see what else. You couldn't decide how many people to bring with you, you couldn't decide if you told Stacie to call about temps, you couldn't decide where to put the cart. You were rude in the boardroom, interrupting and getting snippy with all three. You're the one who should have gotten fired, and you know it. And that's another thing - you obviously didn't think Bradford should have been fired, so you should not have brought him in with you! Trump even made fun of you after you left! How many reasons do you need? Relish these last few days in the competition, unless you produce some solid gold out of your rear end, you're not sticking around much longer.
Bradford: Everyone knows what you did, it earned you a Hall of Shame moment. Did you deserve to get fired? Absolutely. You simply CAN NOT give away an advantage like that in the business world. SHOULD you have gotten fired? Absolutely NOT. You did a tremendous job on the challenge, and notwithstanding the immunity, there wasn't a chance in hell you were going tonight. As indicated above, Ivana was the poster child of the failed leader, but your rash move stopped that, didn't it?
The thing is, I could see what you were trying to do by giving up your immunity, not holding yourself above the others. I could respect it. Trump, obviously, did not and only saw the egotism involved. And yes, there WAS a ton of ego involved, but I think Trump would be the first to tell you that a large ego isn't always a bad thing in business.
In the end, though, no matter if you should have been fired or not, you gave up your immunity. So you have no one to blame but yourself.
Mike DeGeorge has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, and has almost ten years of management experience. He is also Assistant Editor of RNO. Email Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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