The Apprentice, Kiwi-style
I’m having a hard time envisaging the New Zealand version of The Apprentice.
I rather like the UK version of the show (above). Sir Alan Sugar gives a very different style to Donald Trump, and I hope we Kiwis will give our own take.
The issue I have with the American edition is that the tasks are somewhere between seventh form and ﬁrst-year uni in terms of complexity, yet egomaniacs who are not used to getting on with one another fail dismally at them. (This is me generalizing and I speciﬁcally exclude at least one friend who has been on this show. And I imagine I have just stated the formula behind the programmes.) All these years, I felt smug about how much better Kiwis—who celebrate teamwork more than individuality—would do given the tasks.
Now my fears are coming to the surface for one reason: what if we suck just as badly? What if the folks who go on the show are picked because of some level of narcissism and the esprit de corps that Kiwis have as a default behaviour takes a back seat? And then, to make it worse, ﬁrst-year B-school students think that being an uncooperative moron is de rigueur in the business world?
And providing these guys are not hired for more than 90 days, I suppose the Kiwi Don will be able to say, ‘You’re ﬁred,’ instead of, ‘We need to go into a consultation regarding your dismissal while you have a right to lodge a complaint with the Employment Tribunal,’ or whatever crap we are supposed to say as bosses.
So, who will be our Donald? Thérèsa Gattung? C. Rankin? My former economics’ classmate Sir Bob Jones?
My friend David suggested that Rob Muldoon, if he were not dead, would have been perfect for the role.
We effectively need a rich guy who is cutting, and chances are the producers will want a white male as well. When I go through the potentials in my mind, there’s not a single person I am afraid of, or think, ‘I would feel intimidated in a meeting with him.’
One of the few rich guys I admire in this country is Peter Jackson, but I can’t see him being enough of an ass to front this sort of show.
Any former All Blacks at the top of the ﬁnancial tree who could at least intimidate a few young Kiwis? Someone who can deliver some politically incorrect comments (which comes back to Sir Bob, who could also box your ears, literally)? Or a big McDonald’s franchise holder who can assign losers to work on the chips with the phrase, ‘You’re fried’? Posted by Jack Yan, 00:51
Bob Jones would be good to watch, but I doubt he'd give the producers any longer that it took to say "No!"Post a Comment
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