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What can we learn from endlessly watching yet another "Reality TV goes Inside Industry "X" show?

By Andrew Pollack on 10/17/2004 at 10:36 PM EDT

I was watching "American Casino" the other night. I've never seen it before, and really wasn't that interested in it, but I was working and it was on. I ended up really enjoying it, even though it was predictable, uninspired, repetitive, and filled with really stupid people. Why is that?

Well, its the same reason I really like my job as a consultant. These shows take us inside an industry or profession we don't know. In this case, what goes into a giant party/concert at one of the super casinos? Of course what goes into it is standard project management stuff, the same stuff you deal with anywhere else. Still, the props are different; the details are different.

As a consultant (some say "Insultant") I get to learn about how all kinds of industries and business work. One thing I've learned, is that they're always more complicated then they look -- and always less different from each other than the participants think. The details are different, but the processes tend to be the same.


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American Casino is easily worth the time but not for the reasons they thinkBy Gabriella Davis on 10/19/2004 at 04:58 AM EDT
I've been catching this on Discovery and became so addicted I've put it on a
season pass on my Tivo. I'm sure what they intended was to do an exciting
reality show about Casinos but its entertainment value for me is based on how
hopeless their entire management is, how low rent and seedy they make the whole
place look and how transparent a PR exercise it is from the badly staged for
the camera conversations and fake 'customers' who arel clearly just friends of
the staff.

If you really want to see bad management in action - how not to treat
employees, how not to delegate, how not to inspire, how not to work together as
a team and how thick a neck you need to have to rise in casino management in
Henderson it's well worth 50 mins of your time :-) There's enough material for
any business school to form a course around.

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