Category Archives: Finding success in business

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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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 Surgeon Apprentice get the chop?

It was good to see Karren Brady and Nick Hewer getting more air time in Episode 3 of BBC’s The Apprentice. They are Lord Sugar’s unbiased eyes and ears. They don’t miss much. For the edited highlights we get to … Continue reading

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Does a mentor have a limited life?

Of course they do! Not only are we not immortal, our role as a mentor probably should be limited, or reviewed from time to time. Actually I dislike the term “mentor” but let’s not get tied up in semantics. One person … Continue reading

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Is Gareth Malone a good teacher?

Fresh-faced choir master Gareth Malone finds himself in a primary school on BBC2’s Extraordinary school for boys. But he’s no teacher and there’s hardly any music either. Instead he tries to lift the under-performing boys, with a series of outdoor … Continue reading

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Is it good to be back?

William Waldegrave wrote an importance piece in Monday’s The Times (30-8-10) about the need for a holiday and how the best leaders always took one. I’d send you a link but you have to pay to access now, and personally … Continue reading

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Is there an upside to disaster?

No.  A catastrophe is a catastrophe… but… Massive life events, be they personal or corporate, such as a relationship ending or a business failing, do have consequences. These consequences force change. There is nothing nice about it. But change can … Continue reading

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