The Apprentice: Weekly Performance Review, Episode 10 – New Favorites and New Victimsby Mike DeGeorge -- 03/17/2004
It seems that just about everyone who reads this column responded to my question about who will win the apprenticeship. I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to write in, I enjoyed reading the responses.
Troy was the runaway favorite in this poll, with an overwhelming majority of responses indicating that he would be the winner. Everyone else on the show got at least one vote – everyone except Kwame. Ouch. Amy and Bill split the second place vote. Bill’s voters looked to his ability to get things done, while people who voted for Amy argued that she had never been on a losing team, so she must be doing something right.
Personally, I still say Troy. He’s proven to be the best motivator and a great idea man over the long term.
Katrina: I suppose since Omarosa is gone, I need a new victim. Very well. You’re a self-centered, whiny little brat who bitches and moans whenever things don’t go your way. I highly doubt your little hissy fits are impressing Trump. Let me give you a hint: maybe they’re not listening to your ideas because your ideas aren’t any good.
Nick: I have to hand it to you for having high moral standards and returning the client’s money in full when his sign fell off the cab. The problem I have is, you didn’t negotiate at all. You had no idea at the time that the task would be a blowout, so as far as you knew, every dollar counted. You should have negotiated, at least a little. You won’t become the next Donald Trump by giving away the farm.
Amy: You get MVP honors this week for thinking of the advertising idea. I still think the fact that you haven’t been on a losing team has as much to do with luck as anything. Keep coming up with ideas like this and you’ll convince me.
Bill: I’m pleased to see that you’ve been a very successful project manager. Don’t get me wrong, you’ve put in a lot of hard work, but I still don’t think you’re the leadership type. Maybe you’re just “doing” now to prove you can, and will delegate when you get the job.
Kwame: You’re lucky that Troy only took one person into the boardroom this week. You did a lot more work this week than I’ve seen in the past, but I just don’t think you’ve got it.
Troy: You came up with the idea of the punch-cards, which could have meant the difference had Amy not thought of selling advertising. You stood up and took responsibility for the loss in the boardroom, which was the right thing to do. However, choosing Heidi to go in the boardroom instead of Kwame indicates that you were thinking of friendship over business, which was not the right thing to do. You may have had the best reasons, but it looked like you were favoring your friend.
Heidi: What can I say? I started off hating you, but you ended up being one of my favorite people on the show. I have to agree, I think your strength lies in sales, and I hope you have much success in it. You’re right about something else, too – I am the best. [Editor’s Note: Check out our interview with Heidi to see what she thinks of Mike.]
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. Email Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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