Friday, November 05, 2004

The Apprentice 4


Last night's episode of Melbourne Philosophy's favourite TV program didn't have quite the same aura of scandal that has dogged the show to date. The boys once again took prime position comfortably, but this time the infighting in the girls team was probably not the cause. True, they were still far from a united team, but cattiness levels were down a little. Possibly this is because there are so few of them left.

The goal was to set up a restaurant, and try to get good reviews. The boys correctly identified this as a simple task - clean out the building, put in some nice decor, and schmooze the customers. In a stroke of astounding good sense, they got their establishment professionally cleaned, did a few paintings to spice up the decor, and headed for bed. Rested and well-fed, they were able to give good attention to their customers, and didn't miss a trick in making sure everyone had a good time - even if they didn't have the polish of a professional waiting crew.

Sadly, the opposition didn't put up so much fight. Electing to clean by hand, they were running on 1.5 hours sleep the next day, and nobody functions well like that. In the end, it was their choice of athmosphere which probably did them in - they had a great look, but it was not appropriate to the demographic to which they were catering. Additionally, they were a little sycophantic with their customers, resulting in an overall "uncomfortable" feeling for the night.

In the end, the project manager was fired for bringing in not the person responsible for the decor, but rather two other people with whom she had had personal issues. Trump rightly put paid to that. The ongoing message - teamwork wins. Together we stand, divided we fall. (Or, we must all hang together or else me may all be hanged separately).

Building a good team is a greater achievement than mere personal success in your area, although without good people it can be hard to do well.

To take this out of the TV show and into the rest of our lives, it speaks to the value of friends, community groups, and humanity as a whole. In order to improve our own lives, we should not worry about others bringing us down by dragging their feet, but rather sweat about whether we are part of a good group. A church, circle of friends, being part of a business, and feeling connected are what will bring the greatest rewards - not isolationism.


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