It’s week five and there are 14 apprentices, or should I say quivering wrecks, left vying for the exciting opportunity of working with septuagenarian Sugar.
As I sat and watched week four of the Apprentice it became clear why I’d opted out of episodes one, two and three.
Matching personalities to jobs can be a tricky business and people can really surprise you with capabilities that don’t necessarily show on the surface.
Once you’ve found a design agency you and your business works well with, that understands you and your company and delivers on time, to budget and which creates exceptional work, it’s worth nurturing this relationship.
I’ve worked in some of the UK’s most successful companies and loved it, most of the time. However, the trend for team-building during my decade or so in these corporations illicits the equivalent of road rage in me, I call it my ‘Teambuilding Temper’ – you mention teambuilding and I feel like having a terrible twos temper tantrum.
The latest task to be suffered by the (now 10) business adverse contestants was the dynamic world of discount shopping.
Ten tasks down and with only two weeks to go, the five remaining candidates – Solomon, Roisin, Mark, Daniel and Bianca – were summoned for more than a bit of business plan bashing by Lord Sugar’s four advisors. Was it painful and embarrassing? Oh yes! And that was just for me.
This week the game began to change. By the time the teams got to the boardroom, Sugar wasn’t interested in the individual’s task success, he was focussed on their businesses plans and their proposed joint venture with him.
You would have thought that flying the candidates to New York would have added a bit of sparkle to last night’s episode, but it didn’t. Perhaps it was me, but the candidates seemed uninventive, predictable and petty.