The Apprentice 3 Weekly Performance Review, Episode 6: Tara It Upby Mike DeGeorge -- 03/03/2005
OK, why doesnít 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, theyíd be praised.
Iím trying to think of a duller Apprentice task, but Iím not having any luck. Readers?
Kendra and Erin: Well, we got to see Alex make fun of youÖ
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 youíd be less negative (or you said you would change, at least, and the biggest criticism of you was your negativity), and, well, that didnít happen, did it? Iíve said it before Ė thereís being constructive, and thereís bitching endlessly. Guess which one is you?
Bren: You know, I really liked Rajís style last year. But where he was slick and creepy, youíre almost endearing. Non-threatening, maybe? I think thatís why the women love Big Bren. Plus, youíve 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, youíre the whitest guy out there. When youíre whiter than the southern boy with the bow tie AND the New York mogul with the bad hair, thatís saying something.
The difference in the two teams (and letís face it, there wasnít 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. Thatís why you won.
Angie, Chris, and Tana: Maybe youíll screw up or argue next week, and weíll get to see you for a few minutes.
John: Once again, you are the voice of reason. Thereís only so many ways I can say that youíre 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 canít 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? Itís OK, I forgive you. After all, Iíve got a girlfriend. Just donít 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 thatís something you need to watch. Unfortunately, it doesnít 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. Thatís just not smart. Itís also ironic that weíve barely seen you at all, and now we wonít be seeing you again.
Okay, maybe thatís not ironic. Ah well.
Come on, claiming that Audrey cost you the task because she didnít 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, wouldnít it? You didnít 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 wouldnít 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 email@example.com.
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