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What ‘Apprentice 4’ and ‘Martha Stewart Apprentice’ Applicants Should Have LearnedPage 2
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2) Stay Cool Under Fire
This rule cannot be stressed enough – and you, as a player, are going to be stressed plenty. Let’s face it, this is a bizarre situation. You are competing as teams, but within those teams you are also competing to stick around. Pressure will be placed on you by other team members while working on tasks. Then, if you lose, pressure will be placed on you in the Boardroom – possibly by team members, possibly by Trump or Stewart and his/her cohorts.
The key is that you can’t let the pressure get to you. Trump told Newsweek, “You have to remain cool under fire and let criticism roll off you. Good leaders handle conflict easily and bad ones are eaten up by it.” This is not to say you should ignore criticism – especially if it comes from Trump, Stewart, or their advisors – but rather that you can’t let it consume you. You have to deal with the situation and move on. Worrying about it or obsessing over it won’t help you one bit.
If somebody fires on you in the Boardroom, you’d better be prepared to fire back. Explain why the other person is wrong. Or, if they’re right, then say so in a way that shows you understand what happened and you are willing to accept your mistakes. One mistake probably won’t get you fired. But one mistake and then losing your cool about it could.
Furthermore, when you respond, you have to figure out the best way to handle it. The original version of this rule said to reply calmly and without emotion. Unfortunately, we’ve seen that doesn’t always work with Trump, as when Andy was getting screamed at by both Jen and Sandy in the second series, and Trump claimed Andy was out-debated. However, Jen tried these tactics at other times too, such as in the finals against Kelly, and calm rationality held the day. So there is a fine line to walk. If you need to show anger, show anger. If you need to remain calm, remain calm. But don’t go overboard in either direction – always remain in control. I suspect Stewart will lean more towards the original wording – that you should deal with things calmly and without emotion. We’ll find out more as the show progresses.
Chris from the third season was an example of somebody out of control. Even in the Boardroom, he yelled and swore. Not smart.
Of course, the Boardroom is not the only place you will find stress. In the first series, Protégé lost some of their cash during the flea market challenge. Kristi became flustered about it, but Omarosa came across as cool, calm, and collected. In the Trump Ice challenge, both Nick and Bill said that Ereka was too emotional – this led directly to her uttering, “Don’t say it, Mr. Trump” in the Boardroom when it was clear he was about to fire her. Collapsing under pressure and begging is not the way to stick around.
The third season had three people who dealt with stress worse than just about anybody else in any other seasons. Audrey completely fell apart and started saying everybody hated her because she was beautiful. She wanted people to accept her for her brain, but when the pressure started coming, she lost it. She became flustered, she could barely speak, she yelled, she swore, she stormed out of rooms, she said stupid things, she made bad decisions.
Danny, who seems to be a smart guy, was completely unable to function under pressure. He simply could not make decisions when they were necessary, and eventually was sent home in large part because of this.
Finally, there was Verna. Verna was so dysfunctional under pressure that she ended up quitting (and received an induction into the Reality TV Hall of Shame to boot). She simply could not handle it – and even grabbed her stuff and wandered around aimlessly for a while in the middle of a task. Not good.
3) Have a Backbone
Both Kristi and Jessie were fired on the first series because they meekly accepted whatever was thrown at them, even hideous attacks from Omarosa. Trump flat-out said that he didn’t like the way Omarosa was behaving, but what was worse was that Jessie sat there and took it. Similarly, we already discussed what happened to Andy when he was attacked by Sandy and didn’t do enough to fight back. So if somebody attacks you in the Boardroom, you need to stand up for yourself.
This doesn’t necessarily mean attacking them back or getting emotional. But you need to be firm and explain your side of the story and show how the person attacking you is really the one who deserves to be fired. A good example is Nick in the Apprentice 1 Planet Hollywood challenge. He was in danger because he kind of shut down during the challenge, as he disagreed with the ethics of what was going on around him. When his lack of effort was mentioned in the Boardroom, Nick stood up for himself and presented his side of the story. It still wasn’t smart to have gone into autopilot mode during the challenge, but he made up for it in the Boardroom.
However, having a backbone doesn’t only apply in the Boardroom. You also need to stand up for yourself and your ideas during the tasks (which is what Nick didn’t do, above). If you are in the middle of a challenge and think you need a better location, by all means say you need a better location. If the group agrees with you and you do well because of it, you will gain some status. If they disagree with you and you don’t do well, you can say you told them so. Worst case is if you move to a different location and still do poorly, but even then at least you took a stand on the issue.
A good example of this is the NYPD ad in Apprentice 2. Raj was firmly in favor of the military theme. Elizabeth was firmly in favor of, well, nothing. She was against the military theme but couldn’t stand up to opposing viewpoints. In the end, the ad they got was the worst of all worlds. Raj told Trump in the Boardroom that he believed in the military idea. Elizabeth said she didn’t. Elizabeth was fired. There is a lesson there.
Also, if you think you are the best at doing something, you should try to do it. In the first series, Trump wondered why Katrina had not done the apartment negotiations in one task – after all, she was the one who had experience in real estate. I wondered the same thing! She should have said it was her area of expertise and just done it, leaving other tasks to other people.<--Previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 Next-->
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