Monthly Archives: November 2010

So what exactly is Lord Sugar looking for?

Well, after the departure of Chris Farrell from the Apprentice Boardroom, what qualities does the winner need to possess? After all, Chris was liked by everyone, played fair, worked hard and seemed to lose out due to friend Jamie’s transgression, not really … Continue reading

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Emotion v logic: Ashes day 1

In Simon Barnes’s brilliant article on emotion in Sport in The Times I am left with a serious question. But first here’s a quick quote: ‘The Ashes, more than any other series in cricket, more than practically any other occasion … Continue reading

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Was Sandeesh right?

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 … Continue reading

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What did Sandeesh do wrong?

In episode 7 of BBC’s Apprentice Sandeesh Samra was well-matched against Stuart Baggs, but for completely different reasons. Whilst Stuart’s management style was appalling from the outset of the task he led, poor Sandeesh just could not plan. Her efforts kicked off with an … Continue reading

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What happens in Baggs v Sandeesh?

Lord Sugar deftly pitches Stuart Baggs (I’m young) against wide-eyed Sandeesh Samra in the latest episode of BBC’s addictive Apprentice. This week’s two team leaders are equal but opposite. Their performances were equally poor, being separated by less than £40, but for diametrically … Continue reading

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Alex Epstein: was it unfair dismissal?

In BBC’s Apprentice I’m beginning to miss Alex! Did we get the decision wrong to let him go? If business is about teamwork, would we have Alex on our team? Would you trust him? Yes, I think I might. Is … Continue reading

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A Royal Appointment

It’s the best news this country has had for a long time! Kate Middleton is to marry His Royal Highness Prince William. The media hype which naturally surrounds their engagement speculates a great deal about the relationship they have, and … Continue reading

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Apprentice Alex: “it’s a total mess”!

This week’s task on BBC’s Apprentice was about advertising a cleaning product. The losing team picked “Germ-o-nator” as a brand. It didn’t exactly clean up. Both teams were very poor, but somehow we’ve been there before with this task. And … Continue reading

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Was Paloma too smooth?

In last week’s episode of BBC’s The Apprentice, in some ways it was a surprise to see such a good candidate getting “fired”. Paloma was well-presented and articulate. Certainly her image was excellent. Image is important of course. I would certainly recommend … Continue reading

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How does Paloma’s strategy fail her?

In this BBC Apprentice episode on selling fashion, Paloma was the one to be fired. Just as I thought it had reached its most dramatic, the Series just got better! As team leader, Paloma needed a strategy to win the task, but from … Continue reading

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