Donald Trump may be famous for telling people they’re fired, but it’s he who should be getting the boot. It’s not just because of his unsubstantiated claims that President Obama was not born in the U.S., but because the man is a bad manager.
I confess. I watch NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice.” I’m not a fan of Trump and all his bombastic boasting, which recently has faced increased scrutiny. But I’m intrigued by the working dynamics among the celebrity contestants who compete to raise money for their favorite charities. Anybody that has ever collaborated on a project with others knows how frustrating it can be when so many personalities are forced to interact.
This past Sunday’s episode featuring the smack down between NeNe Leakes, one of Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” and Star Jones, former co-host of “The View,” that showed just how badly Trump manages.
In front of a client, Leakes acted like a thug. If this is your kind of thing, you have to read EW’s recap. Leakes invaded Jones space big time, looking as if she was going to punch Jones in the face. She was verbally abusive, saying, "You talked a good game, now bring your street game because that's what I'm bringing."
And what did Trump do while Leakes was using profanity while attacking a co-worker?
He didn’t admonish Leakes for threatening a teammate. He didn’t apologize to the client for his failure to control Leakes. He just stood there with his bad combover waiting for Leakes to stop. Whether in real life or a reality show, you never act out like that in front of a client.
Yes, yes, I know, it’s TV. Trump wants the fireworks to boost ratings. Still, Trump needed to shut down Leakes (or maybe he’s scared of her, too).
So let’s put this in a personal finance context. How many of you have worked with someone like Leakes? You know the type. They claim they just “tell it like it is,” say “I keep it real,” or give the disclaimer that “I’m just being honest.”
That’s a bald-faced lie. For many folks, what they consider “keeping it real” or “telling it like it is” translates to just being mean and nasty.
So here’s the Color of Money Question for the Week: Have you worked with a NeNe Leakes? If so, tell me how you handled the situation. Send you comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the subject line, put “Celebrity Apprentice.”
The Price of Prom
It’s costly to be cute for the prom.
A survey by Visa shows that the average family with a high school student attending the prom will spend between $542 and $1,073 on the prom, depending on their incomes and the areas in which they live.. This includes things such as attire, transportation and pictures.
“Prom inflation has run amok,” said Jason Alderman, Visa’s senior director of Global Financial Education. “Ever more extravagant proms create a cycle of teenagers continuously trying to outdo each other, making the evening more and more expensive.”
If you or your teen are still planning for the prom, here are some tips that could help cut down on expenses.
I’m just curious. What’s the most outrageous expenditure your teen or anyone you know is spending for the prom this year? Shoot me an e-mail at email@example.com.
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No Debt, Less Stress
More Americans are giving up their addiction to credit.
A TransUnion study found that 8 million Americans stopped using general purpose credit cards in the past year. In the study, TransUnion said the reduction in credit usage could be attributed to a few things. Some people couldn’t use their cards because they were cut off and charged off.
“The news remains good as consumers continue to show fiscal responsibility in paying down their credit card obligations,” said Ezra Becker, vice president of research and consulting in TransUnion's financial services business unit.
Fewer credit card payments mean more money in your pocket.
"Studies show that people who pay with cash save approximately 20 percent over those who pay with credit and don't feel deprived,” said Gail Cunningham, a spokesperson for the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, toldSheryl Nance-Nash of DailyFinance.com.
And for those who think that credit cards are necessary when booking travel plans, here are some tips on how to get a hotel or car rental without using a credit card.
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