The Apprentice – Season 4 – Week 5
I’m worried! This task left me scratching my head and wondering how on earth will Bill pick a business partner from this lot? They were asked to devise an innovative campaign to encourage people to save energy and the results were a disaster. The winning team, project managed by a lack lustre Brian, won as they were not as bad as the losing team, not exactly a win to be proud of!
Conor project managed the losing team. This guy will not be told. He goes on and on about being the youngest candidate ever on the show and how much he has to learn but he refuses to listen to anyone including Bill. Eugene commented that it is obvious Conor normally works on his own as he is not a team player. He is bordering on being arrogant and this will not get him very far with a fledgling business.
We saw two very different styles of presentation and Eugene performed again, he really is excellent at creating an event, such a pity the end result didn’t live up to the presentation. Ultimately the billboard they designed was cluttered and confusing and despite Louise pointing this out time and time again her comments fell on deaf ears.
Louise ended up in the board room with Eugene and Conor. Throughout the tasks she has come across as negative and lazy and as a result she has alienated herself from her colleagues. A lot of her points actually made sense but her delivery style meant that nobody listened to her. Failing to get buy in from your team in a business environment is damaging to any career and she paid the ultimate price. Louise wants to set up a staff training consultancy, this is already a saturated market and I don’t think she has the skills to stand out from the crowd but I wish her well.
Conor had a lucky escape and for once I hope he listened to the advice Bill gave him and takes it on board.
The low points were easy to pick out this week – poor design, weak leadership and personal feelings interfering with making sensible business decisions. I am still looking for the high points sadly!