Hopefully by now, most of you Celebrity Apprentice fans have viewed last night’s episode. If not, you may want to fall back from reading this post as there will be a spoiler or two included. During last night’s program, Team ASAP and Team Backbone square off on an assignment to create a children’s book for charity. The women begin to spontaneously combust as Lisa Rinna is chosen as an reluctant Team Manager for their team—she is weak, vulnerable, and while she tries to be a team player, it is no secret that the other women are capitalizing on her weaknesses in order to get her fired.
In my opinion, Team ASAP’s book was better than Team Backbone, but it was decided the women were the losers. Lisa, as Team Manager, brings Star Jones and Dionne Warwick with her into the boardroom for a gigantic face-off, in which she claims she was thrown under the bus.
She wasn’t lying, though. She was thrown under the bus. But I have a really big problem with that statement:
Are you feeling where I am coming from?
The whole “I was thrown under the bus” excuse may be par for the course in situations like these, but I also think it is for the weak-minded. When you have a strong personality and are a leader, you won’t allow anyone to get the best of you or to overpower you. If you are brought into a situation where you are being challenged, you must go to-to-toe and wit-to-wit and overcome the obstacle. Being thrown under the bus in my opinion is a cop-out.
I once worked in an office where there was an office manager who clearly had a personal vendetta against me. At first, I was scared to call her on it or challenge her. But once I learned my role in the office and became acquainted with the territory, I began to bark back—not in an unprofessional manner, mind you, but in a way that made her notice that I was not going to fall for the banana in the tailpipe.
We aren’t always going to agree or see eye-to-eye in business, but respect is vital. You don’t have to be an assassin to be a leader but you do have to lead and not take a cop-out. This is what Lisa did and that is why she got sent home.
I don’t know about you, but The Celebrity Apprentice and it’s parent, The Apprentice, may be entertainment worthy reality shows, but they also display lessons in work, office, and business that we all should take heed in when being a business professional.
What did you think about last night’s The Celebrity Apprentice?