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Celebrity Apprentice – Week 6 (A Costly Mistake)

Posted in News & Entertainment by trickyd313 on May 8, 2010

It will be hard to not foreshadow what happens in this episode as I introduce the task. Trace Adkins from season 1 of Celebrity Apprentice was the guest judge of the task.  He introduced the task to make-over two country artist.  Cindy Lauper jumped at the opportunity to make over a country artist for Team Tenacity. Bill Goldberg stepped up to be the Project Manager since everyone on his team had been the Project Manager at least once except him.  Donald Trump asked why not Bret Michaels for this task and Goldberg stated his case.

The two teams started by listening to the music of each artist and then met the artist.  The two artist were Emily West and Luke Bryan. Cindy fell in love with Emily and Bret called some music industry insiders for additional background. Both Tenacity and RockSolid met up to debate over which artist they wanted to work with. Tenacity chose Emily and without conflict RockSolid chose Luke.

Cindy started off being closed minded towards many of her team members and throughout the task she wouldn’t take any advice from anyone. Sharon Osborne was still out sick but when she returned Cindy only took advice from Sharon.  Maria Kanellis and Holly Robinson Peete were both trying to assist in the task but were not given the opportunity to do much to help the project.

Goldberg delegated much of the task to Bret Michaels because Bret is in the music business.  In usual form Bret was all over the place with ideas on how to make over their artist. Team RockSolid seemed to have little conflict accomplishing this task. Cindy Lauper was very difficult to work with for many of the teammates. Maria repeatedly attempted to assist in doing something, which just kept pissing Cindy off.

The artist makeovers were completed and both Luke and Emily had interviews and performed with their new persona. Pete Fisher from the Grand Ole Opry, Cynthia Sands from People Country Magazine and Mike Colota a country DJ judged the interview and performances of the two artist and tallied their results. In the boardroom Cindy went after Maria for her part as a stylist for Emily and Maria went right back at Cindy for changing what she had done. Cindy kept after Maria and Maria fired back by saying that her childhood idol Cindy Lauper was being mean.

The results of the judges were presented. Tenacity won! The Judges though highly of RockSolids work but it just wasn’t enough to win the task.

Goldberg as the Project Manager stated that he delegated most of the task to Bret Michaels.  Goldberg dug a hole that he could not get out of. He argued that he became the Project Manager because he felt it was his turn to step up. Bret and Curtis both thought that Bret should be fired because he handled most of the task. In the end Donald Trump fired Goldberg because he should not have been the Project Manager in the first place.

This was an easy one for The Donald and the way most things will go in a losing task. Project was a success… team loses… Project Manager gets fired.  Good Job Donald! This was an easy decision but the right decision.

Note: Trace Adkins did not initially agree with the Trumpster until he explained the Goldberg should not have been the Project Manager.

Celebrity Apprentice – Week 3 (The Controller)

Posted in News & Entertainment by trickyd313 on April 5, 2010

The task this week was to produce a 4-page advertorial for Norton 360 & Lifelock.  The Project Managers for the two teams were Michael Johnson for Team RockSolid & Summer Sanders for Team Tenacity.  Michael Johnson started out by assigning duties right away.  Bret Michaels immediately buzzed around Johnson until he got an assignment.  Mind you he was already given an assignment.  Clearly there is entertainment value from Michaels surviving long enough to stay on the show.

Sanders took charge of Team Tenacity and made a few decisions but let the team progress on its own.  Sharon Osborne was selected to be the spokesperson for the team but functioned more as a candid diplomat to keep the team on task.  Even though Team Tenacity appeared to be a power keg waiting to explode, they functioned well to produce the advertorial. Sharon Osborne appeared to botch the presentation and the computer failed to project the slide show on the screen for the Norton and Lifelock executives.

Michael Johnson picked Curtis Stone to be the spokesperson for the product. Johnson felt that cooking was big and that people would trust a Chef and a current Celebrity. Bret Michaels thought that it should have been Goldberg.  Johnson listened to Michaels well-reasoned argument for Goldberg, then went with Stone.  Rod Blagojevich thought the decision was a pre-ejaculation.

Michael Johnson’s performance this week made me take a look at management styles.  The four are analysers, supporters, controllers and promoters.  Understand that no style is considered better than the other but knowing the style of the person you are dealing with is very important.  Johnson is clearly a controller.  As a fellow controller I immediately recognized the following traits in Johnson.

  • Task accomplisher
  • Bottom-line results
  • Self-motivated
  • Forward looking
  • Fast decision-maker
  • Initiates activities
  • Disciplined
  • Likes to control others

Controllers are also known to seldom listen to others around them, focusing only on the task at hand. Controllers often stand up for themselves and take full responsibility for their actions.

OK, the Norton and Lifelock executives chose Team Tenacity’s project to be the better of the two and the women won again.  They though that the men should have used Goldberg as the spokesman and that RockSolids advertorial was a bit wordy. Both of these things Johnson vetoed when brought to his attention by Michaels. In the boardroom Michael Johnson stood up for how he managed the project and was unyielding in he views.  He was ready to be fired as the Project Manager of the losing team. Darryl Strawberry was asked who should be fired and he said… “ME!”  What! Did Strawberry not see past seasons of this show? Did he know that you should not ask to be fired?  After a bit of a scolding by The Donald, Strawberry attempted to back pedal a little bit but it didn’t work.  Trump fired Strawberry and told Johnson the he got lucky.

I understand that in the end Strawberry probably wanted to take the hit for the team but I don’t think that this show is about that.  It’s about cunning, shrewdness honesty and winning.  Sooner or later these candidates will figure that out.  Someone need to call Annie Duke from last season.

Donald Trump.  This was an easy one… Fire the one that asked to go home.

Celebrity Apprentice Week 1 – Guess who I’d fire.

Posted in News & Entertainment by trickyd313 on March 15, 2010

One of the few reality shows that I really enjoy started this week. The Apprentice. Of course this year is the return of the Celebrity version of the show. Doesn’t it seem that during the recession that Donald Trump would bring back the regular version of the show and give someone a job? Maybe not. That’s ok though.  I don’t want to see any more Omarosa’s running around out there.

The first episode of the Apprentice had me shouting at the TV again for almost two hours. The show started with a twist. Each team had to pick the others Project Manager for the first task.  It was funny that Bret Michaels knew that he would be picked to be the Project Manager by other team.  Michaels said that he would be picked because they think that he’s been stoned since the third grade. Funny! They did pick him but it was because he had only one hour of sleep.  I think that was a mistake.  The obvious person to pick to lead the men’s team was Rod Blagojevich.  This guy is a disaster waiting to happen. It was funny to see him go back to that “I do not recall” line from his hearings. The men’s team picked Cindy Lauper to be the Project Manager.  Next they each chose names for their teams.  Tenacity v Rock Solid.  The men thought about Rock Hard but stuck with Rock Solid instead (Good Job Bill Goldberg.)

Next was the event.  Operate a Deli, raise money for charity.  Team Rock Solid’s first mistakes was the deli menu.  Hamburgers started out at $100 and they served Truffles. AT A DELI?!  Howevery, Darryl Strawberry proved to be an asset. I’m not sure where he ranked as far as money made but he was in charge of getting big money people in the door.  Chef Curtis Stone’s idea to serve truffles in a deli was WAY out there. A great moment happened when Chef Stone had second thoughts about the menu but Michaels as the Project Manager manned up, grabbed his balls and made a decision to stay with the program. This could save Stone in the boardroom if Rock Solid doesn’t win.  But they did win.

Wait a minute. I mentioned the mens team mistakes yet they won. How did that happen. Team Tenacity REALLY didn’t have  mistakes. They ran a near flawless operation.  Simple, Rock Solid had many more big money donors (Good Job Straw!) But what surprised me more than anything was what happened in the board room.

In the board room the losing team sat before Donald Trump. No one could decide on who should be fired. Carol Leifer was singled out for staying out side too long trying to get customers in when they had a line around the block.  But that was the only negative thing about the entire operation. Cindy Lauper couldn’t pick two people to stay in the board room with her so the entire team stayed (bad move.)

If an operation works flawlessly and the employees do well… The supervisors catch shortcoming and fix the situation… and the overall function of the event is successful what do you judge on? NUMBERS! Tenacity won a $10,000 bonus from Joan Rivers judging of the event and still got beat by $20,000.  In business it is about numbers. Profits. Cost. Labor. Same Store sales, ect. If the team succeeds but the organization fails whose to blame? THE BOSS!!!  MANAGERS – ARE – EXPENDABLE!  Run a good operation, don’t make numbers, you gotta go. So why the hell did Donald Trump fire Carol Leifer over Cindy Lauper?  Lauper couldn’t make a decision on who to bring into the boardroom. Bad move. It just worked out for her because Trump appeared flustered and just went with that ole gut instead of that ole head.

Sorry that you got fired Carol. If it’s any consolation Donald Trump you are not fired but… You are on probation!!!