Category Archives: Failure

Do we wash our dirty linen in public?

No. But it still needs washing.

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The reluctant leader

Ever been to a lecture on “cold calling”? A few years ago I did just this. I sat through 30 minutes of suggestions about scripts, about what we could say to potential “prospects”. A question was then put to us … Continue reading

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It’s all about exams

If you’ve just had results you could be forgiven for thinking it was. And of course exams are important. But is there more to life than your A level grades? What happens if you don’t have any? Will you make … Continue reading

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Felicity fails to follow

Or lead even. In episode 4 of BBC’s Apprentice Felicity Jackson was given the mantle of leadership for the beauty treatment task. If you wanted an exercise in what to do to win, then this would be a good example, … 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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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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What happens if you mess up?

It’s all very well writing about leadership and integrity in business and in the community, but what happens when we get it wrong? What happens when we totally blow it? Is there hope after a disaster? Well it’s true that our … Continue reading

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How to win your task: Stella Apprentice

The contrast between success and failure on BBC’s The Apprentice Episode 2 could not be more clear. Head girl Stella led the boys to victory, while Laura led the girls of St Trinians to nothing. Stella’s team won the task of designing a beach … Continue reading

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The Apprentice: what lies in store?

Lord Sugar’s assistant, Nick Hewer, was reported in “The Times” yesterday as saying it never ceased to amaze him how contestants failed to learn anything from watching previous series (BBC “The Apprentice“! With a new series starting, and I must … Continue reading

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How close is a big firm to failing?

The bigger you are the harder you fall, or so I was told. Having worked in the Big Four, I can confirm that they are very worried about falling over. And it’s no surprise either. When Arthur Andersen collapsed a … Continue reading

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