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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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Does telling someone to stop actually work?

Nope. Try watching this weeks Dragons’ Den when plucky singing Jackie McKay wants to keep on going. (25 mins in) 4 Dragons are resisting. Theo is quite harsh. Duncan lays it on thickest. The harder the language the more she … Continue reading

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Who is the real leader?

Have you ever played in an orchestra when the conductor wasn’t the real leader? A professional musician I know told me he once played in an orchestra with a guest conductor no one liked. Everyone agreed to follow the nods … Continue reading

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Does the “appraisal sandwich” work?

What do I mean by the “appraisal sandwich”? First I tell them something they did well, usually trivial but I make something of it: “well done you have a really tidy desk”; Next I deliver the bad news that they … Continue reading

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