Sunday, December 25, 2005

The Great Reframe: Musings Using Randall, Rebecca And The Apprentice

The Great Reframe: Musings Using Randall, Rebecca And The Apprentice

Do you hear the word, “ruthless” during your daily activities in the last few days? That’s the word being tossed about as folks discuss Randall’s choice on live television Thursday night.
As coaches we work with intelligent, well traveled clients who keep tabs on current events. Even the frivolous ones such as the TV show, The Apprentice. The recent concluding segment which resulted in hiring the 4th apprentice provoked discussions among our active, goal-workshop attendees wondering about the apparent conflict when chosen Randall said, “No” to the option to hire Rebecca that same night. Wow. What a surprise….especially when reviewing Donald Trump’s original question which was, “Randall, if you were me, would you hire Rebecca also?” “If you were me” is the key phrase uttered by this successful, competent, wealthy business entrepreneur. Taking the lessons from wherever they come, i.e. taking the coaching, it’s interesting to note the different observations as Rebecca, Donald Trump and Randall concluded the interview process.
As coaches we ask our clients to learn from many different areas and to hold a higher vision for themselves. This particular show is a way of observing how young, competent, creative minds, organize in an intense business situation. Whether relaxing at the spa or planning their next strategy, the contestants use their talents and innate intelligence to accomplish tasks and impress the Trump organization.
The coaches chime in: Would you have said, “Yes” to the Rebecca question? “Of course”, says Leslie, the coach…the question was “…if you were me”. It seems logical to add a very competent, earnest & ethical woman to the mix. And, how delightful to do it that same night! Coach Kris points out that Rebecca showed grace and creativity under pressure. Her “can do” attitude prevailed even in the face of obstacles such as the broken leg. You’ve got to admirer her for that and more.
You saw both Randall and Rebecca take a stand for themselves: •How do you take a stand for yourself? •How clear are you? Randall was clear and his decision came with ease. Rebecca maintained her composure and remained professional. Clarity can be a tremendous guiding force. •You are an intelligent reader, how do you see it?
We are reminded of the wisdom below: “…live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.” Quotes our wise advisor, Rainer Maria Rilke.
What do you notice as a result of these musings about The Apprentice? How might you use these examples to do something different? What change are you ready to make? Harnessing your own courage from examples such as these, you can support yourself into the well-lived life your desire. Go for it!


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