Mike Myatt, Contributor
If you find it a bit strange that I enjoy watching NBCâ€™s Celebrity Apprentice, donâ€™t worry â€“ so do I. As the business snobs will quickly attest, the show clearly isnâ€™t going to break any new ground on complex business theory. It does however offer great insight into how people think and act in team settings. The show is a live human leadership experiment well worth watching if youâ€™re a student of human interaction. In todayâ€™s column Iâ€™ll share a few leadership observations gleaned from one of this yearâ€™s celebrity cast members: Lou Ferrigno (a.k.a. The Incredible Hulk).
While I respect Lou Ferrigno for what heâ€™s accomplished in his life, in just a few short episodes of The Apprentice, heâ€™s provided a master class in what not to do as a leader or team member. While some might suggest Louâ€™s career history (bodybuilder, actor, speaker) lends itself to ego-centric tendencies, his behavior on The Apprentice has taken self-centered toxic behavior to a whole new level.
While itâ€™s clear that most cast members like The Hulk as a person, itâ€™s also clear they have no use for him whatsoever as a team member. In a relatively short period of time Ferrigno has completely alienated himself from the rest of the cast. Why? Heâ€™s only interested in whatâ€™s in it for Lou. He doesnâ€™t listen, doesnâ€™t care about the project or itâ€™s outcome, heâ€™s only interested in how he looks, and how he can showcase his skills. Bad Hulkâ€¦
Following are 3 quick leadership lessons based upon observing Lou Ferrignoâ€™s performance thus far on The Apprentice:
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