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The Apprentice 3 Weekly Performance Review, Episode 6: Tara It Upby Mike DeGeorge -- 03/03/2005
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OK, why doesn’t Trump like graffiti advertising? I can see him not liking graffiti ITSELF, but graffiti advertising is an innovative way to make money. If one of his VPs could come up with a way to make money using existing resources, they’d be praised.
I’m trying to think of a duller Apprentice task, but I’m not having any luck. Readers?
Kendra and Erin: Well, we got to see Alex make fun of you…
Stephanie: I gained all sorts of respect for you after the boardroom, when you apologized and said you appreciated the constructive criticism. Unfortunately, you also said you’d be less negative (or you said you would change, at least, and the biggest criticism of you was your negativity), and, well, that didn’t happen, did it? I’ve said it before – there’s being constructive, and there’s bitching endlessly. Guess which one is you?
Bren: You know, I really liked Raj’s style last year. But where he was slick and creepy, you’re almost endearing. Non-threatening, maybe? I think that’s why the women love Big Bren. Plus, you’ve got the business savvy to back up the charisma. Keep it up, and you might be the first eccentric contestant to win.
Alex: To paraphrase fellow writer Jenn Brasler, you’re the whitest guy out there. When you’re whiter than the southern boy with the bow tie AND the New York mogul with the bad hair, that’s saying something.
The difference in the two teams (and let’s face it, there wasn’t a whole lot of difference in the art) was that you went looking for suggestions from the neighborhood. Tara thought she knew what was best. That’s why you won.
Angie, Chris, and Tana: Maybe you’ll screw up or argue next week, and we’ll get to see you for a few minutes.
John: Once again, you are the voice of reason. There’s only so many ways I can say that you’re the best candidate here.
Craig: At first, I thought you were being funny in yelling at Audrey, and then I realized you were serious. I can’t see taking my boss seriously when his counseling sessions are like a Bill Cosby routine.
Audrey: How could you go off and get married without me? It’s OK, I forgive you. After all, I’ve got a girlfriend. Just don’t let it happen again.
You did try to tell Tara about the scenery, and you were right in being upset with Craig. But you are coming off as whiney and a complainer, and that’s something you need to watch. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look as if the next episode will be any different, if the previews are any indication.
Tara: Ironic that you wanted to lead the task. You claimed to be the demographic they were seeking, but the focus group seemed to think the ad was stereotypical. I tend to agree. You wanted a guy with an afro cheering the car? You argued for the neighborhood, but not for your client. That’s just not smart. It’s also ironic that we’ve barely seen you at all, and now we won’t be seeing you again.
Okay, maybe that’s not ironic. Ah well.
Come on, claiming that Audrey cost you the task because she didn’t tell you about the different locations? They held out on you, huh? Where were you when everyone else was playing and learning about the game? You were sitting right there, according to the internet footage. Knowing about the product would seem to be important for the Project Manager, wouldn’t it? You didn’t supervise well, as you somehow forgot to tell anyone but Craig that you were putting him in charge. But what really lost it for you was that you wouldn’t take any responsibility for your loss. It was your task and your vision. To blame everyone else was unforgiveable.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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