Kwame, Omarosa, and the Apprentice

Ok, I finally have to bite and comment on the latest episode.

First off, I think The Apprentice is a brilliant show. While the contestants are competing for a job, not an entrepreneurial venture, many of the key traits that make entrepreneurs successful (or miserable failures) are being displayed, week in and week out, through the show.

I’m not going to give a summary of what has happened so far… the following will only make sense to someone who has watched at least the last 2 episodes.

They are down to the last two finalists, Kwame and Bill. As people, they both seem top-notch. When it comes to leadership, Bill is clearly ahead of the game.

When Kwame chose Omarosa to be on his team, I believe he sealed his fate.

Omarosa is the antithesis of what it takes to be successful in business, though she’d make a damn fine politician. (With business, the most successful people adopt an “it’s all my fault” attitude, whereas the most successful in politics adopt an “it’s all everyone else’s fault” attitude.) Kwame’s only way to save grace at this point, and the smartest move he could make, would be to show decisiveness and leadership by firing the destructive, whiney, and perpetual victim that is Omarosa… and leading his troops short one person. Even if he ends up losing, it’d demonstrate the only quality he has been short on up until this point. Anything less and he has already failed.

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1 Anonymous April 17, 2004 at 2:04 am

According to Kwame, he chose her because he felt she was most qualified. Maybe that was a lie, but I don’t think so. Kwame strikes me as an honest person. And if he chose her early with strategy in mind, I’m certain he would have used it to defend himself in the boardroom; as it is the only logical justification. Regardless, the original premise of my post was that once she was on the team, lied to him, and he did not fire her… he was toast.
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2 Anonymous April 17, 2004 at 7:04 am

According to Kwame, he chose her because he felt she was most qualified. Maybe that was a lie, but I don’t think so. Kwame strikes me as an honest person. And if he chose her early with strategy in mind, I’m certain he would have used it to defend himself in the boardroom; as it is the only logical justification. Regardless, the original premise of my post was that once she was on the team, lied to him, and he did not fire her… he was toast. ——-

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3 Anonymous April 16, 2004 at 10:04 pm

Yeah, but Kwame chose her in the second round! This was questionable judgement at best, and blatantly stupid at worst. It was even brought up at the final “showdown” and questioned by all in the room.

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4 Anonymous April 16, 2004 at 10:04 pm

Actually it made sense to pick her in the second round because it showed an act of good will towards her on his part. In other words, if he just waited until he got stuck with her at the end, then she’ll think she wasn’t wanted and will be that much more pissy, but since he picked her earlier (knowing he was getting her no matter what) it was an attempt to get her on his side and maybe be a little less crappy. Didn’t work obviously.

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5 Anonymous April 17, 2004 at 3:04 am

Yeah, but Kwame chose her in the second round! This was questionable judgement at best, and blatantly stupid at worst. It was even brought up at the final “showdown” and questioned by all in the room.

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6 Anonymous April 17, 2004 at 3:04 am

Actually it made sense to pick her in the second round because it showed an act of good will towards her on his part. In other words, if he just waited until he got stuck with her at the end, then she’ll think she wasn’t wanted and will be that much more pissy, but since he picked her earlier (knowing he was getting her no matter what) it was an attempt to get her on his side and maybe be a little less crappy. Didn’t work obviously.

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7 Anonymous April 16, 2004 at 7:04 pm

Kwame had no choice regarding choosing Omarosa because he had last pick.  She was going to be his one way or another.

This is because Bill lucked out and got first pick.

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8 Anonymous April 17, 2004 at 12:04 am

Kwame had no choice regarding choosing Omarosa because he had last pick.  She was going to be his one way or another.
This is because Bill lucked out and got first pick.

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11 Anonymous April 11, 2004 at 8:04 pm

I watched that episode of the Apprentice and I felt that each time had a “mole” on their team. I guess we will not know until next week. Bill seemed to get rattled quite easily and Kwame “seemed” too laid back…but I guess he’s just playing it cool…Who knows.

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12 Anonymous April 11, 2004 at 8:04 pm

Maybe, but it seems consistent with everything I have seen from Omarosa so far. She consistently sabotages the people around her and blames everyone else for her problems. If she IS a mole, it only makes my point more strongly. Kwame has to step up and hold her accountable, NOW.

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13 Anonymous April 12, 2004 at 1:04 am

I watched that episode of the Apprentice and I felt that each time had a “mole” on their team. I guess we will not know until next week. Bill seemed to get rattled quite easily and Kwame “seemed” too laid back…but I guess he’s just playing it cool…Who knows.

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14 Anonymous April 12, 2004 at 1:04 am

Maybe, but it seems consistent with everything I have seen from Omarosa so far. She consistently sabotages the people around her and blames everyone else for her problems. If she IS a mole, it only makes my point more strongly. Kwame has to step up and hold her accountable, NOW.

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