The Apprentice – Season 4 – Week 1
It’s back, and we are back again with The Apprentice as their Recruitment Partner. I am taking the first few weeks off ‘You’re Fired’ this year’ as I quite like the idea of sitting back and observing how the candidates perform but have no fear I will return from Episode 5!
The format has changed this year and Bill is picking a business partner. I liked how he changed the teams and split them between youth and maturity and the ‘Hard Sell’ task is always amusing and it certainly left me asking are these really the best entrepreneurs in Ireland?!! Only time will tell I guess!
Having watched the show for three years, the candidates must know by now not to volunteer to be PM for the first task as the losing one is guaranteed to be fired. They are delusional if they think they will be the first PM to escape so for that reason alone Aisling deserved to go. She actually came across as a really likeable person but she was far too nice and wanted everyone to like her. Of course we all want to be liked, but in business being liked doesn’t necessarily get things done. She really needed to be much braver, more focussed and a lot tougher on her team. They had no plan. When she failed to read the brief I knew her time was limited!
The winning team were marginally better but for me there were no shining stars in the first episode. With everyone trying to be heard it’s easier to pick out the weak links at this early stage so hopefully the talent will come through over the coming weeks. Conor seemed to have a good rapport with Bill but Chris alienated himself and didn’t do himself any favours at all.
Hopefully they will all take the key learning points from Episode One and build on them going forward – read the brief, manage your time and plan! Not rocket science but basic business principles!!
I look forward to watching them grow and blossom (and some will crash and burn!) over the coming weeks!