Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Quotables: Dan on Lee; Bill on Dan

In Dan Brody's exit interview, Daniel has this to say about Lee Bienstock:

"There had been a little tension between he and I.... didn't really get along with him.... lost respect for him.... one of my less favorite people...."

Also, Bill Rancic blogged this about Dan:
"Like I said in my final comments on tonight's show, I liked Dan and think he is a classy guy. I know he is an entrepreneur at heart, and I wish him continued success, especially with his line of clothing for younger golfers. I think it's a great idea."

And Allie Jablon commented:

"Size matters!"

(Allie was talking about diamonds.)


At 3/28/2006 11:35 AM, Anonymous Michael said...

Well, I cannot lament the firing of someone who can't speak English, "between he and I....".

But the reason Dan deserved to be fired is that he did not learn from experience. On the Chevrolet task, the project manager was fired for not having brought Charmeine who messed up big time into the boardroom. It means that she did not recognize the cause of the loss and, instead, went for someone she didn't like.

Dan did the same thing. Instead of recognising that it was Lenny who sank the project and bringing him into the boardroom he went for Lee who did nothing to jeopardize the project simply because he didn't like him. Dan deserved to be fired because he was petty besides for not knowing how to delegate.

At 3/28/2006 11:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How did Lenny sink the project? Everyone went along with Lenny's castaway idea. Not one objection.

Lenny didn't like the text but he was overruled by Dan and Tarek. That was the biggest problem with the commercial.

At 3/28/2006 12:05 PM, Blogger Jack's Shack said...

Lenny wasn't the reason that the project failed.

At 3/28/2006 12:54 PM, Anonymous Michael said...

I guess I was watching a different show. In the boardroom Trump kept going back to the poor choice of a castaway being taken on board. Anyway, even if it is true that there were no objections on the team to Lenny's idea and Dan said in the taxi that he had to take responsibility for the idea, Trump felt strongly that Lenny should have been brought into the boardroom.

At 3/28/2006 8:43 PM, Blogger Michael Spilzinger said...

Disclaimer: I am certainly not about to criticize anyone who watches the show. I am not an avid watcher in general but I am intrigued this season due to the obvious reasons as well as the vista to marketing and management that it provides.

That said, I would like to say that it is a bad show. When I say bad, I don't mean that it is produced poorly or not compelling TV. What I mean is that it has poor values. Especially in this episode, you saw a common thread in both teams' members. Try to win the task while positioning yourself favorably at the expense of the others. Not that Dan had anyone to blame for his firing other than himself, but I really was bothered by Lee's political pandering. I don't fault him for it; that's how the game is played. But therein is the problem. You get ahead by pushing others down to raise yourself (the very root of the evil of Lashon Hara and judgementalism).

Now you may say that if you don't set it up this way, then it doesn't make for very compelling television. You would be right. It's no different than any information media - controversy sells. However, that does not make it acceptable. Additionally, it is a message which is not necessarily reflective of the real world. People don't get fired after every presentation that falls short. The company (hopefully) does not breed an atmosphere of dog eat dog. A team cannot function well if it's everyone for himself.

I have only been watching since the Rosh HaShana episode, so I haven't seen the scope of Tarek's terrible mistakes that Trump keeps ripping him for, but from what I have seen, he is one of the few people left that I respect. He carries himself with dignity and is not out trying to sack everyone else. At least is not afraid to go out on a limb and face the criticism.

Please don't take me as being holier than thou. I am not telling people not to watch. Just wanted to voice my unsolicited opinion.


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