In an interview, Kevin claims that Elizabeth would first name something she liked about a concept, and then something she didn't like. Which, in and of itself, doesn't seem entirely wrong to me. I like my leaders to see things in more than one dimension. It's why I'm voting. What we do see is Elizabeth consistently saying that she doesn't like the idea of making it all about the terrorism/world events angle, when much of police work is so much closer to home. Raj lectures to Elizabeth that any concerns she has about being too militaristic are "unfounded." He just flat-out says it. Doesn't raise it as an issue, doesn't allow for discussion. Lectures her that her concerns are unfounded. And then Chris has to throw in, "It's not a friggin' tampon commercial." Right. Because when girls don't go for your over-the-top Rambo bullshit, you should remind them that to object is to just remind everyone that all they know about is girly stuff. Like tampons. That shit is so infuriating. Working for giiiiiirls! They want to make everything into a taaaampon commercial! That jackass. I should have known he'd never stay as cool as he was when he hated the public.
Anyway, Elizabeth says that there is such a thing as "too negative," and Raj shrieks at her -- literally shrieks -- that she's wrong, and insists that trying to motivate people through stark terror is not either too negative. Elizabeth ultimately tells the team that if the rest of the group feels strongly about a military sort of theme, she will go with it, and she then interviews that she was stuck in a situation where she was alone on her side of the issue, and her entire team was on the other side. She says she felt like all she could do was take the concept her team wanted to go with and try to make the best of it. Which is, in my opinion, the first place where she went wrong. She was right about the Scare The Pants Off Of New York concept sucking, and I think she knew she was right, which is why she kept resisting. But instead of telling them, "We're not doing a terrorism-themed ad, so come up with some other ideas," she withered, took the team's idea, and then tried to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. And she's not very good at purse-making in the first place, and she doesn't know what to suggest instead, which is what makes this entire thing a nightmare of mismanagement. She should have told them, "I am the project manager; we are not doing a terrorism-themed ad; come up with something else." Because the worst that could happen is that they could fail and she'd be blamed. In this situation, she knows they'll fail, because they're obviously not doing the assignment as it was given, and she's trying to half-ass the whole thing, and she's still going to be blamed. One thing good leaders do is keep everybody else from following every dumb-ass idea that comes up. Again? This is why I'm voting.