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The Apprentice 5 Weekly Performance Review, Episode 1Page 2
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Dan: It’s never a bad thing to be the first one picked for your team, unless the reason cited is fatherhood and not “an impressive education applied to a variety of successful business ventures.” But seriously, Dan wins NO RATING as well.
Lee: Lee was uncomfortable talking about Summer behind her back. He’s 22, that’s just naïve. In this group, I doubt if anyone would have cared if he went and got her! He ended up strongly defending her, and ending up on the outside of his group.
Rule #1 of all reality shows is that in the first episode, the person you want to go home is “anybody but me.” Especially in this show, an unskilled player cannot survive for long. So why would Lee stick his neck out and fight so hard to get Tarek out of the game when he’ll surely be gone soon anyway?
Lee has put himself on the radar for no valid reason. He did well in the boardroom but I’ll say that he NEEDS IMPROVEMENT in that he needs to find a way for his team to believe in him again.
Lenny: I’m not sure what to say about Lenny, but I’ll give him the rating of SATISFACTORY. He didn’t deserve to be pulled into the boardroom, he’d done his job. Maybe spending the day with Summer gave him a different view of events, he too should have been satisfied to let Summer shoot herself in the foot.
Lenny gave good advice to Summer about not talking too much in the boardroom, too bad her short-term memory let it leak out. He handled the boardroom fairly well considering he was pretty upset to be there.
Theresa: Theresa had no problem telling us what a great selling team that she, Lee, and Lenny made, but I think she’s right. Theresa seemed to confuse a logo and a slogan when she was explaining to us what she did with graphics artist, but let’s assume for now she got it right when she was actually talking to “Red.” I’ll assign her a rating of GOOD.
Tarek: Tarek started out well. His first five picks seemed solid, though the last three, not so much. He also got his team quickly focused on the task. Putting Summer and Lenny in the blimp was exactly the right choice, as was positioning the blimp over the highway.
The tote bags were a waste, though. As come-ons to people who were already in the store, their value was minimal and consumed effort from the team.
Where Tarek really went astray was in the boardroom. His decision to pull Lee into the boardroom was vindictive, made only because after threatening him to toe the line in the suite, Lee still felt the need to voice a dissenting opinion. Lee knew he was safe and was all over Tarek.
Even worse was his decision to pull Lenny into the boardroom… that was personal. No way was Lenny going to be fired, so Tarek brought along a third voice to yell and laugh at him.
The only possible rating is UNSATISFACTORY PLUS. I doubt his position can be salvaged. Trump and Lenny let him know, they got him in their sights.
Summer: Summer started well, offering her knowledge of Sam’s Club to the group. Mind you, I’m not sure there was anyone there who didn’t already know of them, but I can’t be positive.
I think that her rationalization for not making the phone calls during the dinner rush was perfectly valid. In fact, she made this point to Tarek when he assigned her the task. What isn’t clear is why she didn’t do the calls later on, or why she didn’t see the need to immediately feed back to Tarek and her team the significant fact that she had decided not to perform an assigned task. Had she done so, this would have been at worst a non-issue and perhaps, something to use against Tarek.
When asked if they thought their team won, every player on both teams felt they did, except for Summer. This was a bad, bad move from the point of teamwork. She was in the sky all day and had no feel for how much effort was required in selling upgraded memberships. I have no idea why Trump applauded her lack of teamwork.
When Carolyn asked her three times, “What did you contribute to this team?” and she couldn’t come up with an answer, why was that? What is it you do to prepare for the boardroom that doesn’t begin with the answer to that exact question? Your hair? Migawd!
Finally, when Summer decided it was in her best interest to repeatedly interrupt Trump’s firing of Tarek… WOMAN, WHERE WAS YOUR HEAD? For this self-inflicted wound alone, Summer gets an UNACCEPTABLE rating.
Brian lives in Toronto, where he can be reached at email@example.com. He spent a couple of decades working in middle management at The Prudential, primarily hiding behind the coffee machine to avoid his pointy-haired bosses. He’d like to hear your opinions and promises to respond to all serious email!
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