Lord Sugar described Melody Hossaini as a “tiger” on BBC’s Apprentice Episode 8 . She ate the guys on her team for breakfast!
Tom was this week’s team leader, although Melody doesn’t have much time for team work. They were to be assessed on individual sales results. No surprise but Melody took this literally.
Her team lost the task to the incredible Helen, whose effective sales meeting with La Redoute netted such a big order it made the rest irrelevant.
But Melody’s tiger performance insured her against dismissal in the Boardroom.
To be fair, she generated good sales appointments and was personally effective in selling. But that is what I would expect of any candidate and especially with a grasp of french, for this task was set in Paris.
Her reluctance to divi out sales appointments meant the others had little chance. She ignored Tom’s request to research La Redoute, leaving Tom very exposed in his meeting there. He blew it and this lost them the task.
Tom brought Melody back into the Boardroom for being uncooperative and Leon for doing nothing.
Leon used the excuse of not speaking french as his exit strategy from The Apprentice. It looked like he no longer “fancied the gig”. Although Melody gobbled up the guys, Leon was ready prey.
Melody reminds me of many folk you meet in business who rise to the challenge of individual performance. What get’s measured gets done. She competed successfully not to be fired.
But to win in business you need other people. It’s a two-way street. I’m not convinced she has grasped this yet.
Tom limped over the line to face another week. He may have more inter-personal skills than Melody, but he wasn’t able to face up to her. He’ll need to if he is to win the competition for the £250,000 price.