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The Apprentice 3 Weekly Performance Review, Episode 1: No ClassPage 2
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I'm not sure if you had a checklist with every single mistake possible that you could make outlined on it, but you did a darn good job of screwing up royally. One of the biggest problems I have is that you kept talking about a "buzz." One thing I really hate about the business world is useless catchphrases, and that's right up at the top of that list. The other problem is that freaking annoying "Unbelievable!" cheer. It's corny and stupid. Team unity is admirable, but maybe you could show team unity by doing something like, you know, performing.
Bren and Michael: We didn't see enough of you this week for me to comment.
Erin: You looked like you were going to cry when you lost. And then you did cry talking to Todd, because losing someone would be "stressful." You're a LAWYER? And you're whining ALREADY about stress? I lived with someone going through law school. Anyone who has survived the third year of law school should be able to eat this show for breakfast. And it doesn't take a college degree to work those touch pads. Really. What was the problem?
And between the pink fluffy bath mat you wore in confessionals, and the snow boot and skirt ensemble, you look to have the early lead in the 2005 "Worst Dressed" RNO category.
Kendra: We didn't see much of you, but I have to give you credit for not falling in lockstep with the rest and firing Danny. It would have been really easy to catch the scent on the wind and go along with the group, but you spoke your mind, and I respect the hell out of that.
Stephanie: So you complained about Danny messing up the marketing. Why did you just give up? Now, this might have been editing, but it didn't look like you fought much, or at all, for any of your ideas. You just huffed and got discouraged. You should be blamed for the failure of the marketing as much as Danny.
Verna: You seem very humorless. Every time we saw you, you seemed to be complaining about something. Let us know if you're the standard "I didn't come here to make friends" person, and we'll start preparing the cab ride home for you. And you're a fast food expert because you eat a lot? Then you make your decision based on what YOU like. I'd rip you apart for it, except that the rest of your team was stupid enough to listen to you!
Alex: I agreed with Trump that you shouldn't have been brought into the boardroom… until you volunteered that it was your decision to only put two people on the registers. Bad move. Why didn't you help out? Shouldn't the kitchen manager been trained on the register? For a while, I was convinced you were going home. You escaped, but you've got quite a hole to dig out of.
Danny: Normally I like the "offbeat" contestants in these types of shows. But you're not offbeat. You're just freakin' annoying. And I was going to make an Animal House joke about the guitar, but Betsy, and probably everyone else on the site, beat me to it.
You were right, though - you could have had the best marketing in the world, and it wouldn't have helped because the floor was undermanned. I've walked out of places because of long waits, many times, whether I'm in a hurry or not. I don't have much patience for places that can't staff themselves properly. I'm sure I'm not the only one.
Todd: You were pretty worthless, weren't you? You didn't get trained on the register, you didn't help with the marketing - you weren't even a leader! You just sat around and scratched notes. At that point, what in God's name did you need to write about? Without the marketing plan, what more needed to be planned?
Worst of all, you didn't control Danny. That was the killer, in my mind. You weren't a leader, and you blamed it on everyone else but yourself. As a manager, I'll forgive a lot, but if you screw up, you had BETTER own up to it.
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 Associate Editor of RNO. Email Mike at email@example.com.
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