The Apprentice James Weir After the Boardroom
The unemployment rate in the real world may be stagnant, but on TV, another apprentice felt the axe of Donald Trump. Fourteen candidates interviewing for a job with the Trump Organization now remain. James Weir, 31, a Duke and Georgetown-educated attorney left the show after a failed attempt as project manager. In the words of Aretha Franklin, it all came down to R-E-S-P-E-C-T.
The Apprentice Season 10 contestants faced a furry challenge as the teams took over dog spas to create value added incentives for customers -- for both the two and four-legged kind.
Octane, the men's team, created bundled service packages and installed web cams to give owners a dog's eye view during the day. Fortitude, the women's team, learned that Tuesdays were the slowest at the dog spa and created "Tail Wag Tuesdays." Dogs left that spa with photos and report cards documenting the events of the day. Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan provided his expert opinion, transferring his often successful observations about the "pack mentality" of dogs to the teams. He specifically mentioned the strife in the ranks of the men's team.
The men lost for the second week in a row. Focusing on their plan for the spa rather than learning the dog spa business visibly bothered the dog spa's owner and James' team.
According to Donald Trump, being a wise ass is not grounds for firing. David would often roll his eyes at James, and anything he didn't agree with, a trait noted by the judges. Despite that show of insubordination, at the end of the day, Trump believed that project managers need to command respect.
Weir also gained a reputation of elitism. The clincher was early in the task when Weir delayed a meeting with the owner of the dog spa, which bothered his teammates. Several tried to change his mind, but Weir pressed on with his plan.
The judges, including adviser Ivanka Trump, detected a bad team dynamic, again ultimately the responsibility of the leader.
Despite the outcome, Weir actually took another lesson from the experience: don't be afraid to take a risk.
"I wanted to do ambitious things on the show, regardless of whether we won or lost," he told AOL Jobs.
Where's Weir Now?
Since leaving The Apprentice, the New York-based attorney found work as a Volunteer Assistant Attorney General in Executive Division of the New York State Attorney General's Office. While he's moved on, he's still happy with his performance on the show.
"I'm proud of the ideas I had and the contributions I made to my team," says Weir. "I'm glad I can look back with no regrets and say that was the 'real me'."
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