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8 Responses to The Apprentice 2012 – Lost it’s shine?

  1. I loved the show last night and totally agree with your comments re team leaders – it’s not about having the product knowledge but about being able to lead, plan – create strategies and leverage the skills of the rest of the team to get the job done and make a profit.

    It was a pretty simple task they were given and if they had had a great strategy in place combined with the great product they had the girls would have won hands down……..

    It really highlights that it’s not always the best product but the best marketing and strategies that are important – if you have both you really will shine!

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  2. lydia says:

    I do wonder whether any of the candidates have ever watched the show before. They so often make the same mistake of confusing the reality of the task with the long term aims of an actual business.

    The girls’ product could have sold day in day out. It might not have made them fabulously wealthy, but it would have turned a profit. But that wasn’t the point of the task, which was short term, buy cheap, price high and shift stock at any cost at the end of the day. The boys understood this.

    You can piss people off and deliver a shoddy product if you’re just doing it the once. That’s how many tasks in The Apprentice work. It’s just not how business works.
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  3. Tim says:

    Ultimately in this new format, it’s all about the business plans. Last year Tom clearly had business potential – as Sugar later commented, he was a ‘products’ man, just like himself – and I consequently had him pegged to win from week 1. It’s no longer about who the ‘best’ overall business-person is.

    This opening episode was the usual mix of the deranged and the well, even more deranged. The scene where the four girls badgered that poor shop assistant to the point of tears was a proper car-crash moment, and it’s incredible that not one of them realised what was happening.

    Bilyana talked herself out of it. She made the mistake of attacking Gabrielle and not Katie, and then was so busy interrupting Sugar that she didn’t realise he was just about to fire Katie anyway. Communication is as much about listening as it is about talking, something she failed to realise. It’s not that difficult, is it?

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  4. Hello Lilach,

    I am also a fan of the show The Apprentice, but I see the American version with Donald Trump. Right now it is The Celebrity Apprentice which is airing in the US.

    Much of what goes into making a business successful is not fun or sexy – it’s the devil in the details. I think that a successful business requires a bit of fastidious pre-planning. Like building an airplane, specific care must be adhered to in the early stages if we expect our plane to be able to lift-off and be safe and sturdy, of course.

    I am not at all shocked to hear that many approach the task of leadership in a 1/2-cocked sort of fashion. It would appear that consummate leadership would entail that the individual is well-rounded in several competencies such as: passion for details, ability to inspire and motivate others into acting out upon their potentials, resiliance of spirit and energy, and a clear focus!

    It’s a tall order!! :)

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  6. Renea says:

    I think Donald Trump will announce that he isn’t going to run for president it’s one thing to say it and it is a totally other thing. To do it running for president takes a lot of effort and time and this is something. I don’t think Donald Trump wants to put in the time it takes because he is too busy with other things god bless
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  7. abhinav says:

    Really its great show. I love it and i agree with you. Thank you so much for sharing this post.
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  8. Elena Anne says:

    I am not a huge fan of The Apprentice not because I don’t like it but just because I don’t watch TV in general. I have however seen episodes and I like the idea. I don’t think it sounds like it is losing its flavor.
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