Saturday, March 7, 2009
You're Fired? No, Really.
Earlier in the week I "outed" myself as a Bachelor viewer. To continue in the same vein, I will now out myself as a Celebrity Apprentice viewer. Last Sunday I sat down to watch Celebrity Apprentice and VC gravitated to the room and was quickly engrossed in the show. He kept asking me who I thought was going to win and was interested in the various strategies of the groups. Think what you will about the Trumpster and his inflated ego, there are a lot of good life lessons/management skills interspersed amidst the lunacy of the show.
I was never much of a follower of the show, until I got hooked on last season's Celebrity Apprentice featuring my British man crush Piers Morgan (brilliant/charming, beyond competent and with that smoldering accent). However, one look at the lineup for this season's show and I was hooked. With names like Dennis Rodman, Joan Rivers, Tom Green and Andrew Dice Clay, I knew it would provide ample controversy and some comic relief.
Playboy Bunny aside, the show has some valuable lessons for children about what it takes to succeed at bringing a project from beginning to conclusion, effective management styles and team work strategies. Not to mention the firing that occurs each week. Our kids are so sheltered from reality I think they will be surprised to see that when someone does a crappy job on the show he/she actually gets let go! There is no groveling and there are no second chances.
What I find most interesting is the few who quickly emerge from the pack as leaders/doers. It is hard to find people willing to take charge and who are effective once they take the reins. This season, the redheaded poker player Annie is incredibly industrious. Sure she stepped on a few toes, but she kicked butt and took the team to victory. My son was wondering why everyone was so critical of her and I told him that this is the kind of person I would love to have on my team and he agreed; doers are hard to find! Followers come in droves.
It didn't take long for Andrew Dice Clay and Dennis Rodman's true colors to emerge. Both solidified their reputations as being completely useless prima donnas.
I was surprised that Dice Clay was let go, since I figured Trump would want to have him around to keep things "interesting." I commend him on doing what needed to be done.
I will be tuning in again tomorrow night and VC will be, too, for his weekly business lesson. I asked VC if there was anything he would like to add and he said that the show has a "good underlying message." It may be a bit unorthodox, but they don't teach this stuff at school.