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This topic contains 10 replies, has 6 voices, and was last updated by  Ronny 11 years, 8 months ago.

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  • #5087

    Ronny
    Participant

    Anyone see the first episode tonight?

    I think that Ben was made the scapegoat. He didn’t do the best job, but others did much worse. He would have survived if he had have asserted his authority in the board room. Syed is a prat. He needs to learn how to listen.

  • #29823

    peter_b
    Participant

    great show. that syed should have been axed. hes a bloody parrot as sugar said, repeats all the crap he wants to hear. hes next to go.

  • #29824

    omen
    Participant

    Doesn’t matter, its the project manager’s responsibility if the plan is crap, and the plan was crap. He couldn’t defend himself and put under the same circumstances in business, he’d have failed too. From the last series in the US, it should be obvious that the fight you put up in the board-room is as important as the job you do out of it, and Ben couldn’t hack it.

  • #29830

    Idora
    Participant

    great show – both the US and UK versions of it. RTE are doing something similar in a new show starting this week

    I agree with Omen’s assessment for the most part. Ben was naieve and didnt make a good show of it in the board room. And while I think that Syed bloke is a mouthy tosser, I could see him going farther if he learns to keep his gob shut.

    Who would you have chucked out instead? I would prob have chucked out Ben or Sam, as he was hanging back a fair bit and didnt even try selling

  • #29845

    Eoin
    Participant

    I think I’d have to agree with Joel Spolsky when it comes to ‘The Apprentice’; entertaining, but billing the tasks as “real world business challenges” is bogus.

    Then again, we’re probably a couple of series behind down here, the newer format could be quite different.

    http://www.joelonsoftware.com/items/2005/11/07.html

  • #29846

    omen
    Participant

    They’re not real business tasks and in a way, I think thats the point. Its more a measure of coming up with a plan in an abstact environment and working as a team in a possible unknown circumstances. The initiative and inventiveness that is shown is rewarded. As the teams grow smaller and smaller, then the tasks become more business orientated.

  • #29863

    Ronny
    Participant

    They’re not real business tasks and in a way, I think thats the point. Its more a measure of coming up with a plan in an abstact environment and working as a team in a possible unknown circumstances. The initiative and inventiveness that is shown is rewarded. As the teams grow smaller and smaller, then the tasks become more business orientated.[/quote:8971e04598]
    I agree. Now just try telling that to Alan Sugar. The girls were very clever in taking the freebee approach to the task. I’m sure they wouldn’t have did the same thing if the head of Dixons was there. They conquered the environment and circumstances. Well done to them.

  • #29905

    Idora
    Participant

    They’re not real business tasks and in a way, I think thats the point[/quote:d6026a76c7]I agree. Management & business skills will come to the fore (or not) regardless of whether the tasks are abstract or real

  • #29937

    Ronny
    Participant

    A show called The Andersons is on after the Apprentice. It’s an interesting show to watch about a double glazing company in Coventry. The staff are useless and the two managers would depress you on day one of the job. Worth checking out.

  • #29956

    Pete
    Participant

    Knight Rider is on Bravo every day before all those shows if you’re a Sky subscriber

  • #30808

    Ronny
    Participant

    Anyone still watching? Here’s what I think of the remaining seven.

    Paul The boy is a comedian in the making. While he can get people into Topshop, I’m not so sure if he could woo CEOs as easily. I’d be happy to see him win.

    Syed Still think he’s a muppet, but I’m starting to warm to him. Could be one of the final few.

    Ruth Not a fan, but I admit she’ll be one of the last standing. Could even win it.

    Ansell Another top lad. It would be good to see him win.

    Michelle, Tuan, Sharon Not a fan of these three. I think they’ll probably be the next to go.

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