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It’s uncanny

It's quite uncanny...I did promise myself that I wouldn’t blog about the apprentice, but the damn thing has got the better of me! We’re now down to the final five, and what a motley bunch they are; two wet rags, and a couple of feisty ones and at least one who seems, despite the editing and odd choice of head wear, almost employable.

I’m really not keen on the remaining boys, Lee seems harmless enough, albeit in a big shouty vectra driving rep way, but he’s hardly top flight executive material is he? And the less said about Alex the better, lord preserve us, he really is just wet: in his head he may well be a great salesmen, unfortunately in reality he’s a whiny northerner who’s shirked responsibility so often it’s a shame that his name doesn’t rhyme with Teflon as it’s clear he should have been booted right at the start.

The girls are an interesting bunch; Helene bless her seems out of her league, I’d agree with the assessment that she’s probably not going to fit in having come from such a large corporate background, the ethos is so different it’d be a rough transition at best. Claire I like, despite being a gob on a stick she’s clearly got not only got the nose for a sale, but an all round ability to apply herself, I like that; and it’s much the same with Lucinda, who’s taken a beating week after week for being ‘wet’, something which I’d disagree with: she’s the only one out of the whole bunch who clearly knows her limits, you can’t be a master of all trades, and she seems to recognise this.

It’s a real shame the apprentice hasn’t matured, there is no real focus on finding all round good business people, it’s salesmen, deal closer’s and shouty types that seem to be promoted in this program, and that doesn’t actually mirror the real ‘executive’ level of world business, where delegation, research, tact and an understanding of when to shut one’s mouth are equally important to closing the deal.

My money’s on Claire to win, although I have an awful feeling Alex might sneak through if he’s not booted at the interview stage for being a vacuous waste of skin, personally if it were my business I’d choose Lucinda any day, closely followed by Claire, the rest… well let’s just say their CV’s might end up filed in the wheelie bin.

All quiet on the western front.

Ok, so it’s been all quiet on the western front; I know I’m bad, but life’s hectic. I’m in the middle of the nightmare move from hell, moving house is something we’ve got down to an artform, but when you’ve got a million fuckwits trying to throw a spanner in the works it takes a lot of time and patience to ensure that the whole moving process continues on time and on budget. Our new flat in Notting Hill will be coming together soon, but at the moment we’re no where near so there’s at least another 3 or 4 weeks of fannying around before we’re back to normal.

Elsewhere, work is manic: there’s six projects up in the air, plus half a dozen smaller jobs and my time is stretched reasonably thin – that’s being compounded by all of this house move shit, plus a few other contributing factors, people not listening, people telling us, the professionals, how to do our jobs because they don’t want to listen to brutal advice because they’re so entirely wrapped up in their own affairs.

It’s sad when people don’t listen to advice, whether it’s at work or elsewhere; especially when it’s coming from someone that cares, someone that knows¬†exactly what they’re talking about and someone that has the facts, figures and hardcore research sat in front of them… but as my Mum has always said you can only tell people, you can’t make people, and if they won’t listen then all you can do is be there for them when it all goes to pot, I’ve modified that for my own purposes, and when it comes to when it all goes to pot I tell them that I told them so then give them a bill to sort out the mess… which if they then don’t want I’ll let them sink.

If there’s something I learnt from my last business it’s that you can never get involved with the actual project itself, if you get wrapped up in it you end up doing things that are bad for your own business and you can potentially end up doing one of two things: lose money, or worse lose money and take the blame. You have to stick to your guns at all times, if it’s a bad idea tell them, tell them again, put it in writing and then stand back and let them get on with it… it should never be forgotten that whatever line of business you’re in, you’re in business for you and the integrity and financial stability of your own business should always be put first.

Anyway… that’s enough of that; I’ve written a few things about business recently; all rather more cogent than this… I’m thinking of putting them up in a new section. So stand by…