Monthly Archives: December 2010

Is the war nearly over? Ashes Day 18

It looks like Ashes victory is in sight by the end of day 3 at Melbourne. But how did England recover from their comprehensive defeat at the “WACA”? And what have been the ingredients of their success here? My view … Continue reading

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English proud of Stella

Stella English was an unsurprising winner for BBC’s Apprentice 2010. She has been exceptionally good from the moment she won the task for the boys in episode 2. This was the best series of The Apprentice I have seen. It … Continue reading

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Stuart gets the sack

What a bizarre, and ultimately swift exit! Stuart Baggs, “the Brand” gets short shrift from Lord Sugar in the semi-final of 2010 Apprentice. But the odd thing is, we have had weeks and (seemingly endless) weeks of Stuart’s assent, culminating … Continue reading

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What happens when you “lose it”?

“Throwing your toys out of the pram” happens to most of us a some point. But if you are a high-profile figure, or have significant influence over the lives of others, for example a teacher or politician, then the consequences … Continue reading

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How important is status?

Matt Cardle dramatically increased his status in many eyes last Sunday. He went from ignominy to X Factor champion in just a few weeks. You could say his status went up rather! With 19.4 millon people watching him, he was voted … Continue reading

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Baggs, I vote for Stuart?

The Apprentice Episode 10 Lord Sugar stretches our credulity to the limit by firing the incredible Liz. What was he thinking of? Worse still, Stuart Baggs (The Brand) somehow escapes through the flames of the Boardroom firing process. How can this … Continue reading

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So what exactly is Lord Sugar looking for?

So what exactly is Lord Sugar looking for?.

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Victory is sweet: Ashes Day 10

I type in the word “cricket” and before I’ve got to c-r-i the world’s non-cricket lovers have already pressed “delete”! But if you stayed this far, let me tell you, today’s victory of England against arch rivals Australia, in Adelaide, is … Continue reading

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Does it matter if someone leaves?

A business leader once told me: “Doc, when someone leaves us, it’s like putting your hand into a bucket of water and grasping a handful. In a few seconds the water is level again and you hardly notice the difference.” Was he … Continue reading

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How does sport mirror life? Ashes day 7

I was once paid to watch cricket. Well only for an hour or so, and technically I was at a “networking event”, so it was really work, honestly! One of the side effects of enjoying sport, is hearing some of … Continue reading

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