September 17, 2004
News & Opinion:
Unfair Advantages and The Apprentice
I recently read the manuscript of a book written by a professor at a business-school. It was very interesting and, without revealing too much, suggested that the real story behind a companys success lies in its unfair advantages. Thought about that thesis as I watched the latest episode of The Apprentice last night. For those of you who do not follow, or missed the show: This guy named Bradford had an immunity from being fired as his losing team went in to the boardroom (where Trump decides who stays and who goes). Brad had performed very well this time around, and confidently gave up his immunity to hammer home this point. Trump accepted Brad's confident move. That moment I turned to my fiancand said hell get fired. Business success often relies on leveraging unfair advantages when you have them Trump knows this and will get rid of someone that gives up such an advantage so quickly. I said this, not because I knew Trump (I don't), but because I had just read this manuscript. Well, that is indeed what happened. Trump clearly felt that Brad was the best person in the boardroom, but said that his mistake is the type of mistake that can cost a company its life.
Now lets see how we can apply Level 5 leadership lessons on Mr. Trump and The Apprentice
About Dylan Schleicher
Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.