Week 11 – Website Marketing
Prepare and present the Barry Group’s new take out offering to its customers – principally wine and beer. The Teams were split with Panos, Will and Niamh for Elev8 and Michelle and Barry for Fusion.
What has become clear through the show is that any team containing Barry is not a team unless Barry is totally in charge of it. He is a good leader, so long as everyone else is prepared to follow his instruction without question. I really don’t think Barry means to be nasty in any way and he seems genuinely bemused when he causes consternation. He has an absolute will to win and is confident that his way is right. Unfortunately, when he is teamed with strong people there will be problems and in this case that was Michelle (if Barry had had Will on his team, he would have told Will what to do and set him to do the donkey work, while Barry did everything significant).
The other team was headed by Niamh and again she showed what an outstanding young business person she is. She used Panos to help create and they were excellent. She used Will to do the donkey work and patiently gave him the clear instructions he needed. Needless to say, Elev8 won easily.
What a guy! I’m going to miss him on the Show. In fact, next week’s show is the Interview bit and I was really hoping to interview Barry. Sadly, this week he came up against a very strong contender in Michelle. Someone who was going to fight… and Barry lost.
Not the best educated man, but definitely unusually capable, intelligent, high energy and determined. He started working at 8 and by 30 had a big house, Bentley in the driveway etc, but he admits he was still pushing on and on and that’s his restless nature. He got criticized in the Board room for being insensitive to people’s feelings (like calling women ‘Babe’), but with Barry it didn’t seem offensive (though it was certainly inappropriate).
Barry is a natural character and is sensitive in his way. He doesn’t mean to cause offense, but he does lack antennae and therein lies the problem. He is charging off like a bull in a china shop and never stops to consider that he is disrespecting others by not stopping and listening. I found myself feeling a little sorry for Barry (not a feeling I like to have) because he really doesn’t understand what he’s doing wrong. I had the pleasure of meeting him before his You’re Fired Show and I was with my kids. Barry was Barry. Open and friendly, he came right out, smiled and spoke with my kids and put them right at ease.
Barry is 32 and his businesses to date include: Barry Hunt Decorators, Dublin Decorating Centres then changed to (Hardcore Décor), The Iveagh Bar, Locktec Locksmiths, Locksecure Locksmiths, Barry Anthony Paints, Advanced Cosmetic Treatments, Advanced Beauty Stop, Forever Ink Tattoo Studios, Off Cutz Barber Shop. The barber shop is still going and I will stop in when I can to support Barry. I truly hope he finds the right niche(s), because he was never right to be Bill’s apprentice. He’s not a follower, he’s a leader… without a team.
I won’t be discussing any of the other candidates as I will save that until next week when you have see the interview section… as usual, there will be some surprises!