BBC Apprentice hopeful Sandeesh Samra asked a very relevant question on the follow up show (16.30 mins in):
“I didn’t game-play. I didn’t back-stab. Maybe those are the qualities you need to be an Apprentice?”
Was she right? How about working in the real world of business or elsewhere?
Is “game-playing” a good method of career advancement?
In my experience it definitely happens. The bigger the organisation and the more hierarchical, the worse it gets.
But is it effective? Ethical?
I don’t think it will be effective on The Apprentice. There’s too much scrutiny from Lord Sugar and his eyes and ears, Karren Brady and Nick Hewer.
In “real” life it can be effective in getting you ahead, but only up to a point.
The worst problem of being promoted for the wrong reasons is the risk of being incapable of doing the job properly. From the organisation’s perspective it loses out big time.
The person in charge loses money, goodwill, stock market value and good people. It’s a common pattern.
It’s also pretty bad for those who were passed over. There’s a reaction to this like a sort of “people’s memory”.
The team logs the unfairness and works against it.
I once did an “Apprentice”-type exercise. Sure enough there was a game player/back-stabber in the team.
All by himself he managed to get to lead one of the tasks, tried to go for glory, and ended up falling flat on his face, so to speak. No one was even allowed to help.
It’s almost as if game-playing and back-stabbing are actually self-limiting.
Personally I believe Sandeesh showed good integrity and would do well to stick to her guns!
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