Desperate Dan is the first to get the chop in BBC’s new series of The Apprentice. But where did he go wrong?
The first clue is to watch Karren Brady. When she stares in disbelief and starts taking notes, you can be sure it’s not a compliment.
Where do people get this idea that to lead you have to be a “bull in a china shop”, a “thug” and simply boss people around?
Second clue is to observe the style of Lord Sugar or Karren. Ok Lord Sugar has a blunt approach at times, but let’s not confuse this with bulldozing or ignoring people’s feelings.
Karren too has been very successful but doesn’t need to throw her weight around.
Lord Sugar suggests that it is better that other people describe you as an “entrepreneur” rather than you yourself.
We could say the same about our ability to “connect with people”. “Mouthy” Stuart thinks he can and got ahead of himself. Karren disagreed.
Let others say it, if it is true.
And this is where Dan fell down too. From the outset he rapidly disconnected himself from his team by announcing he was going to lead, not work. He delivered on his promise.
The sense of annoyance from his mates was palpable. His leadership never recovered. He was fired.
See also Lord Sugar v Piers Morgan