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.