The Directors View: The Apprentice – episode 12

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Well it’s the final week and a showdown between our original 5:1 favourite Mark from Australia and 10:1 dark horse Bianca, who has performed strongly of late. The task this week is actually to start off the very businesses Lord Sugar is going to back – aided by expert opinion plus a handful of other candidates returning to help out …

Time to get off Putins case?

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Whether or not you believe claims that President Vladimir Putin could be the world’s richest man, albeit through hidden wealth, it’s no secret that the people of Russian are going to be suffering considerable hardships following the decline in Ruble values. OK, so Putin won’t need to cry into his rye bread and sausage breakfast at every % decline, but …

The Directors View: The Apprentice – episode 11

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Having seen the final five in more detail in a recent programme imaginatively called ‘the final five’ we can see that they all look potential winners and excellent at everything, so either Lord Sugar was right all along or do they make “final” videos for everyone just in case?…..we’d love to have seen the video for social worker Steven from …

The Directors View: The Apprentice – episode 10

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The final 7 embark upon yet another cooking challenge. The candidates had to invent a luxury pudding product and then pitch to retailers – the best seller wins! Simple? Maybe. But a bit of a regurgitation on the challenge front. How about an idea from us Lord Sugar? Take on an Apprentice to invent exciting new challenges on a The …

The Directors View: The Apprentice – episode 9

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With needy James jettisoned last week we are down to the final eight, a task all about buying. With sales people not always the best performers at buying this could be the chance for the accounts, lawyers etc. to shine at the expense of salespeople like Mark. Team Tenacity comprising Daniel, Mark, Felipe and Katie enjoyed some fierce sparing to …

The Directors View: The Apprentice – episode 8

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If you ever thought The Apprentice was a business game, think again. Yet again we are reminded by Lord Sugar he is mostly interested in sales, so that’s the secret to his success as if we didn’t know…….but this week, for me it’s sales technique that shines through, and not just in the field. It works in the boardroom too! …

The Directors View: The Apprentice – episode 6

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As we approach the halfway stage of “the process” (don’t you just hate that phrase – why can’t they call it a game show?) some interesting business lessons came to the fore, in particular, what you see isn’t always what you get. This weeks’ challenge was to invent a family friendly board game – sounds like fun?…..well the fun would …

The Directors View: The Apprentice – episode 5

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The tour from hell? The candidates are whittled down and now thoroughly mixed into their two teams, Summit comprising Sanjay, who volunteered as Team Leader, James, Jemma, Bianca, Soloman & Roisin. And team Tenacity, with an aggressive Daniel blagging his way to lead comprised Mark, Pamela, Lauren, Felipe and Katie. Lord Sugar made it quite clear success comes not from …

How does behaviour amongst the Apprentice candidates mirror activities in the everyday world?

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We’ve been pondering how life imitates art or to put it another way, how does behaviour amongst the Apprentice candidates mirror activities in the everyday world? In previous weeks of the Apprentice we’ve seen a few candidates step up one week only to be able to easily hide the following week – Steven, Felipe…..you know who you are. We’ve also …