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"You're hired!"

The Apprentice season 4 finale is on tonight. This Randal Pinkett (check out his web page) guy is my lock to win. Here's his quick bio:

Randal, 34, is the founder, president and CEO of his fifth venture "BCT Partners," a multi-million dollar management, technology and policy consulting firm based in Newark, N.J., that works with corporations, government agencies, philanthropic and nonprofit organizations. Born in Philadelphia and raised in Hightstown, N.J., he holds five academic degrees in engineering, business and technology including a B.S. from Rutgers University, an M.S. from the University of Oxford in England as a Rhodes Scholar, and an M.S., M.B.A. and Ph.D. from MIT. A former college championship track and field athlete, he has received numerous awards for his accomplishments as an entrepreneur and technologist.

I like his presence. He demands respect. Not by being loud and type-A personality like most of the others on the Apprentice. You can tell he's smart and extremely competent just by looking at his demeanor. He is not quite as creative as some of the others, but in a large organization like Trump you can get away without it.

The highly-successful show was picked up for another two seasons. Season 6 will reportedly be the first one to take place in L.A. Should be interesting.

Quick comment on the "Apprentice concept" of locking a group of young, creative, driven entrepreneurs in a room with a task and letting them go to work. I think this approach to coming up with unique strategies could realistically work in a real-world business setting. it has the potential to be a very successful business approach that I might someday employ.

I'm just picturing sitting with my most creative, outgoing, personable, funny and savvy friends, putting them in a room and asking them to come up with a plan for a business. I think we could do well. Very well. People that are young and not jaded sometimes don't know any better. Older corporate types tend to be lazy, and complacent while settling into the default mode of life = average.

posted by Michael Tavani @ 11:49 PM |


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