Week 13 – You’re Hired!
There’s so much to say about 2 excellent candidates, an excellent show, great teams that supported the PM’s, but I’m going to make some bullet points, because what actually struck me more this week, was the contrast with the English version… but I’ll come to that later:
- Fusion and Elev8 Teams worked better when supporting the Leaders, instead of competing with them.
- Clearly the 2 outstanding candidates reached the final.
- I met all the candidates at the after show party and Michelle was radiant. Many of the others were in fine form, but not all. Some were still struggling to carve a niche as their fame hadn’t transmitted into fortunes!
- I was shocked to see Tara picked first by Michelle and Panos last. I’m a little concerned by Michelle’s judgement… or else working together Michelle saw things that we don’t pick up on on TV.
- Barry looked deflated. A natural entrepreneur, I’m sure his phoenix will rise again and like many (near) bankrupt entrepreneurs, he will be bigger and better next time.
- Having a 3rd day to do the task changed the entire dynamic. It meant the teams could do a much better job. I’ve always found that you work on something, sleep on it, and often the next day everything is clearer. When you have to present day 2, that means you don’t have sufficient time to make alterations because when you wake up, you know you will be presenting a completed project in 8 hours! Perhaps they might consider a few 3 day projects next time?
- I’m not sure who really won the last task. I felt Michelle’s products were easier to sell and her stands worked well. However, there is no doubt that Niamh’s presentation was better. She was eloquent, intelligent, convincing… classy in every regard.
- We had an exact 50-50 split in our office on who should get the job, but Bill finally decided on Michelle. There were very many things to consider, but I suspect that when push came to shove, Bill chose Michelle because she was somewhat flawed and Bill, like many of us, have a soft spot for people with a few flaws (like Steve Raynor last year).
Now for what I really took out of last week… the differences between the UK and Irish versions:
- I felt Alan Sugar and his team were stronger than Bill and his team, but I like Bill’s team much better.
- I felt the UK interviewers were vile. Our job as Apprentice interviewers is to push people, but Lord Sugar’s Team were generally rude and ignorant – aiming to undermine and insult, rather than understand. I believe the Irish interviewers were much better in all ways… and a lot more professional (yes, I know I was one, but it’s still what I think).
- I thought the UK candidates were weaker than the Irish ones.
- My overall impression in Ireland is of people who have the same tasks and goals as their UK counterparts, but pursue those goals in a different way. Personally, I left all my contacts in England to set up Brightwater from scratch in Ireland because I preferred the people and the way people do business. I don’t like the arrogance or the ‘big, I am’ you get in England and while it made building Brightwater more difficult, I never regretted my decision (though the recession made me wonder)! I’m delighted to have watched the UK Apprentice as it reminded me exactly why I’m in Ireland and never want to work in England again!
Finally for this year, well done to everyone involved in The Apprentice. I will really miss watching it. A friend has gone and however tough Bill, or even Anton Savage are in the You’re Fired Show, you couldn’t help both liking and respecting them. I look forward to next year and hope Michelle has a brilliant time… and if she’s in any way as good as Steve Raynor has been in Bill’s organisation, then Bill will have just hired another star!