Saturday, April 29, 2006

The Apprentice

The 4th season of The Apprentice ( US , not the UK one ) aired in India 4 weeks back. Last year the teams were divided into 2 categories - College Pass outs ( one who have just passed out of college) and Street Smarts ( one who have established themselves on their own without having any formal education or degree) . It was quite interesting, and so is this new season.

Let me tell you what the program is about - the 2 teams are assigned the same tasks by Mr. Donald Trump - the great Business tycoon - and based on the performance in the task, one member from the Losing team is FIRED ie that person leaves the show. In the end, one person wins the season, and gets a job ( a very high profile one ) in some Enterprise of Mr. Trump.

Ok, so this season, the teams are divided based on gender - Male and Female. I thought this grouping might make the serial boring. But I was wrong. Each episode is really intereting to watch . You get to see how the male and female species work in a group these days. Its interesting to see who is more creative and who is better in team work.

Till now , this is what I saw and found from The Apprentice -

In the second task , where teams had to create a advert. for Lamborghini , the men lost. Yup ! You would think that cars being man's passion, they would have definitely won the task. But it was the other way round.

Men clearly know how to give a presentation, which was proved in the third and fourth task. Also, they are creative, in the sense that they know who to target and what to target , and based on this they develop ideas. Not like females , who just go ahead with their instincts or implement what they personally like.

And, finally , in all the four tasks, its been found that Men are great at team work. They had some differences in the 1st and 2nd task which were resolved in the third one. The team leader in fourth task was bossy , but in the end, the men won coz of him, and the team dint mind his attitude. No one has any dignity issue in the men's team. One team member even stepped forward to wear a female suit to represent as a mascot. But the females..well, its obvious, it had to happen, they started forming groups and have a divisive team. Fighting, blaming, pointing.....Very very bad team work !!

In all, i am not saying that women are bad leaders. Women can be , and are, better managers than men . But women cant and I think will never be able to work together in a group properly.

Catch The Apprentice if you can, Its a great Reality show , with really intense board room scenes with Donald Trump. All in all, a program worth watching .

Note : There is a Indian version of The apprentice - Business Bazigaar on Zee TV .But from what i heard, its not great, they pull each task to 2-3 episodes and is slow, not that interesting to watch

3 comments:

Arnold said...

hey.. long time no comment..

i liked the first season of the apprentice.. but havent seen much since then..

btw.. these indians channels are copying EVERYTHING.. i saw an ad on sony the other day for Indian Idol immd followed by one for Indian Fear Factor... euuck!

Saurabh said...

Never watched an episode ... but it sounds very interesting ...

Maybe should point my Azureus to some this show for a while ;)

Ajay said...

cool
so no group work for women eh ? ;)