Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Showdown

As predicted, Craig simply didn't have enough talent and leadership to make the cut. He lacked the depth despite his opinion that he was far better than Kendra. So it's down to Kendra and Tana and the project on which each is embarked becomes even more weighed down by bringing back some of the less talented teammates they had in weeks gone by. What was interesting to see was how evenly divided the CEOs were about Tana and Kendra. Those who favored Tana were impressed by her confidence and communication skills. They saw she could bring people together. Those who favored Kendra thought Tana a little weak because her past experience didn't show she could make it in the Big Apple and Kendra had the big city experience, smarts, savvy and confidence to meet that challenge. They really didn't focus on the people skills issue.

Given the project each was assigned and the old teammates weighing them down, who will win? It will be close. Kendra has major issues with Playstation being tossed down into an ugly basement venue and ready to pull its sponsorship. If she doesn't turn it around, she'll likely lose. I originally thought Kendra didn't have people skills that were stronger than Tana, but it appears her people skills were overshadowed by Tana's and Craig's unwillingness to follow. When it really counted, Kendra was able to get the most out of her team and it showed last episode when she completed the EA Fight Night promotion. She really did work with her people. She didn't demean them and they worked hard to help her. What was so interesting was how different Tana was in working with her team--openly criticizing and belittling them to Carolyn and others and in her on camera interviews. Chris worked hard to help her but was trashed and there was this ego of her being above them as the event ended and they left. You got no sense of her being appreciative of their efforts. Tana openly took credit for everything good and blamed others for any mistakes. She has the friendly smile but her warmth is less than skin deep. She's out for herself and herself only. She's got solid talent but her people skills are overshadowed by her ego skills.

Kendra seemed to have a major liability--Danny. She also has Erin, and the other male, whose name I forget. I really thought their collective skills were lacking given the first meeting I saw Danny handle, but they rose to the occasion apparently because Kendra really loved what they did and they loved her. She is tough but has the compassionate side that didn't come out.

I look back on how she handled the 16 weeks and it was masterful. She didn't take charge until late in the game, but when she did, she didn't repeat the mistakes of her predecessors; nor did she establish herself as domineering. She showed she could work for others before taking the lead herself. Great strategy because it probably endeared her more to those who were now working for her.


My prediction was Tana before the last episode but I saw her "true Red" come through and it was more negative than positive under the pressure cooker. I also saw Kendra shine where I thought she would falter. She showed me strengths that I didn't know she had. Kendra, not Tana, got the most from her team and it showed with how the event came across. George was scraping to find an area where he could criticize her and earlier in the show, he saw how impressed the sponsors were with Kendra.

Kendra, hands down, is the most qualified to be the apprentice and I think Trump sees it too.



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