Sheron Cardin's Input...: The "Apprentice" Bullies

I have been an interior designer for over 27 years and I have always taught my clients the principles I used while decorating their home so they may enjoy decorating too. The home staging trend in residential real estate is a great way to reach more people every day and what I enjoy the most is they are learning the basics of good design through staging. It is my dream for every person to know the joy and pride of living in a decorated home.

The "Apprentice" Bullies

If you watched the Apprentice show last night (3/25) then I would like to hear your interpretation. The Arrow team won but at what cost? 

I think they were bullies. Do bullies win? Apparently. The arrow team is obnoxious, annoying, and immature. I wouldn't do business with that type of company.

The Arrow team was literally getting between the other team and their potential customers and yelling at them "Don't buy from from us!". Does that sound right to you? Did Trump bother to teach these little boy's a lesson in business? No...he loved them and rewarded them.

Trump has fallen down the ladder in my eyes as a bully himself. Competition can bring out the worst in people...I know it brings out the worst in me so I don't do it. I let being bigger and better go a long time ago because there is such ugliness lurking. That ugliness is what I witnessed last night.

Wanting to be the best at what you do needs pushing, but from withing, not at your competitors. The Apprentice was one of my granddaughters favorite shows and we always watched it together. What the show portrayed last night is something I need to teach her not to do for any reason. Am I alone on this?


Comment balloon 11 commentsSheron Cardin • March 26 2007 12:15PM


I taped the show and haven't watched it yet, but it sounds like I agree with your concept.  I have noticed this year that the whole attitude of the show has lost something - from replacing Carolyn and George, to the "punishment" of losing and having to camp out, to the more open back-stabbing in the board room.  It's really pretty ugly!

In real estate, we do have intense competition (I think 1 out of 7 adults in California has a real estate license!)  Agents who put other agents down, are many times very insecure of their own abilities.  Treating others with courtesy and respect is far more professional, and will pay off in the long run when other agents know who "plays nice" and who doesn't!  The best way to compete in this business is to do such a great job that your clients and friends will spread the word for you!

Posted by Vicki Lloyd, (619)452-9798, Real Estate San Diego California (The Lloyd Realty Group) over 12 years ago

Sheron -

I don't watch the appentrice - I think Donald Trump is an idiot savant.  Anyway, I live by the same rule - bullying is for the insecure. 

I staged a builder's model this weekend and did a spectacular job if I do say so myself.  Another stager in the area heard the model was being staged and contacted the builder to let them know what they would have charged if they had staged the house. Their quote was ridiculously low at less than half my monthly rental fee.  (The builder shared this info with me as we were signing the contracts.)  I was asked if I would mind if they had them view the property staged so that they could find out what they would charge for what I had done.  My basic response was "Bring it on!"  I will let my work speak for itself and if they think they can do better (or even the equivilant) for less, then I will be happy to destage the property at the end of the month and let them start all over again.  You get what you pay for and I am worth every dime.  I will not be bullied into a lower rental fee.

This is something I want my girls to learn - Know your worth and don't let anyone knock you down.

Posted by Kimberly Wester over 12 years ago
I think Arrow really pushed the limits last night. I don't agree with their methods, but I was also a little disappointed that Kinetic didn't emphasize that enough in the boardroom. And why didn't Ivanka raise the issue as well?
Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) over 12 years ago

Vicki - thanks for stopping by...1 out of 7 are in real estate??? that is an amazing figure. 6 months ago I found out there were over 28,000 agents just in the Pugent Sound and THAT blew my mind. Thank you for the info.

Kimberly - I had to go look up the word savant! How tall are you? The way you handled your precarious situation was brilliant, absolutely brilliant. I take it you are really good...;-) Bravo.

John - The women wimped out...even during the competition. Then in the boardroom they should have taught the Donald a lesson or two on ethics. If my little girl does something like that she would loose a privilege.

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago

Sheron - the word savant and the term idiot savant are not quite the same. Idiot savant means that he is generally of low intelligence but is gifted in a specific field - usually music or math (in his case, producing wealth without much intelligence otherwise).

I am 5'4" on a good day, but 5'7" in my 'don't mess with me' shoes.  (which I wear as much as possible) ;) Why?? I posted pics of the staging.  See for yourself... (my way of not really bragging)

Posted by Kimberly Wester over 12 years ago
I was so disappointed in Trumps decision to ignore the fact their win lacked integrity. Their cut throat, un ethical behavior was disgusting!
Posted by Suzanne Sands, Somerset MA Real Estate (Pavao Real Estate) over 12 years ago
I wonder if Trump Google's his own name? Of course he silly of me. I am truly disappointed. Thanks for your comment.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago
UGH!  The show was a missed opportunity for Trump - The show used to have great business lessons - maybe when Carolyn and George were sitting in the boardroom.  Real Estate is a tough, tough business -- we have to set a standard.  Sometimes it is at the cost of a transaction; however, you still have your dignity - priceless!
Posted by Margaret Ann Innis, Real Estate Staging - MA & NH (Decorate To Sell - Merrimack Valley Real Estate Staging ) over 12 years ago
Yes Margaret - that's it. The show used to have good business lessons but now it is just another TV show. I wonder how his ratings are going? Dos anyone know how to find out?
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago

I'd be surprised if he is on another season. 

It started out with great business information, and credible people behind the desk - now the entire format is ridiculous as far as I'm concerned. 

There is aggressive business tactics, and then there is integrity - He should have shown them where the line is.

Posted by Alyse Bromberg (Dressed for Success) over 12 years ago
Alyse - I wonder who he is going to blame for the failure of his show? Maybe Rosie??? I think he does the blame game...
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago