Tarek corners Lee in the bedroom. "I'm committed to not bringing you into the Boardroom...but I need you to stand by me with Trump." Lee protests, "It's just...you didn't have it, creatively." Tarek: "I just warn you, if you bring up to Donald Trump anything you would've changed or done differently, you are immediately going to set yourself up as a target." Lee's worried, which is much classier than my response would have been.
Quick Quiz! It's the first task of a fifteen-week job interview. The one person who dares to question you -- and is just as lacking in task history and track record as you, and has just as much right to be there as you do, and is obviously correct -- has enough backbone and balls to tell you where the problem was. Do you:
A. Thank him for the input, elicit more, and use this information to better your campaign?
B. Ignore anything that doesn't fit your rigorous and yet vague plan of "how things will go," given the fact that everybody else is silent and still trying to get over your enchanting face, and not sure where they stand at all because this shit just started, and are ready to give in to the asshole just delusional enough to assume he knows best?
C. Ignore the input both on-site and post-loss, because clearly it's Summer's fault, because neither your helpful team member nor anyone else on the team is so richly laurelled as to have paid fifty-two dollars cash money, yearly, for the privilege of referring to him- or herself as a member of Mensa?
D. Jump the entire fucking idiotic gun the first time somebody questions you, because you've thought through your entire "strategy" for the months leading up to this, because it's like all you have in life, like those hosers on Survivor that get all "Wanna be in my alliance?" in the first week when there are like fifty people on the island and nobody even knows anybody's name, resting comfortably in the delusion that in a team of nine independently successful adults, this one aberrative person is the only one with an opinion contrary to yours, by making pussy intimidation moves and "threatening" overtures? And, thus, ignoring the fact that you've just created a counter-alliance, simply by being a dick?