There is a guy called Alan Sugar who owns a very successful high-tech brand called Amstrad. For those of you beyond the borders of the U.S and U.K, he is the guy who stars in the U.K reality show called The Apprentice. The aim of the game is to select 16 of the most eager young business people and through a series of challenges eventually arrive at the best candidate to work as Sir Alan's apprentice.
Every week the two teams are asked to select a Project Manager to lead them to victory - or of course - lead them to disaster. The winning team gets a nice treat and the losing team has to endure a face off where someone always does get fired.
The participants come from all walks of life and are supposed to be selected from 10,000 other contestents. Some of these people are outwardly hostile, some passive-agressive and some downright liars and devious cheats.
So the first thing the Project Manager has to do is make a plan, then to organise his team into roles. Once everyone is in position and knows the plan, it is all systems go!
It is at this point that all hell breaks lose. It is at this point the candidates start their campaign of shape-shifting, passing-the-buck and generally playing fast and loose.
At the end of the exercise, the Project Manager who is best able to weather the storm of trying to build a profitable venture in 1-2 days, whilst the people working for him are trying everything to shut him down - is the winner and gets to stagger off into the sunset - and lives to fight another day.
There was a guy last week who got fired because the team he inherited were the most disloyal, disunited bunch of snobs and thugs on the planet. He got fired because he had the responsibility for leading strong personalities who were more focused on stabbing him in the back than concentrating on the real target - that of ensuring they played their part as an effective member of a winning team. Had he been given the authority to hire his team from the marketplace, or to fire those in the group he didn't like working with, the story could have been much, much different.
You cannot give the responsibility to a Project Manager, and not allow him the authority to choose his team. It is better to have 2 doves watching your back, than 20'000 hawks ready to sabotage your path.
That's why Alan Sugar's 'Apprentice' Game is Fundamentally Flawed!
That's why its better to be independent. Not somebody elses puppet! You get to play the game straight!