Part of what makes each company special is the ability to connect the whole organization together. Like many companies, Blanchard has a very special Halloween Party on their main campus and our team was V for Vendetta. Though we failed to win the team costume competition and lost to the “Walking Deadlines” in Product Development, I gotta hand it to them for pulling off the zombified cast of characters quite well; they hardly even broke character!
Never in history have we been so technologically connected to each other in the workplace. Email, instant message, text message, and social media have enabled us to be in constant and immediate communication with each other. Yet record numbers of people are disengaged on the job and distrust their organizations, senior leaders, and coworkers.
We are dysfunctionally connected.
Based on research from the Pew Research Center and The Ken Blanchard Companies, 81% of employees say their leaders don't listen well and 82% feel they don't receive helpful feedback.
Ricky Martin won the apprentice this year. I like the new format where Lord Sugar’s apprentice is judged by the appeal of their business plans.
The problem with that is the process risks missing out on the better business ideas that might have come from those apprentices who previously got fired along the way. I’m suggesting that the whole format should be changed.
I believe it’s a good idea to scrutinise business plans on TV as many lessons for society can be learned from this process. For instance we saw how Jade’s business plan was judged as horrific because she hadn’t even considered the cash flow forecast and demonstrated her lack of business finance insight.
The new format, I think, should select candidates first through doing an anonymous filtering of good business plans, rather like BBC1 TV’s The Voice. Then put them through the usual weekly task process. The program isn’t inspiring when it finally hails a few sharp elbowed finalists with their rubbish enterprise ideas and ill thought out business plans.
My suggested format will help Lord Sugar be in a position to select from business plans that he originally found appealing. In addition more dramatic tension could be attached to the reveal of who the most prized business plan belongs to, thus echoing the strengths of BBC2 TV’s The Great British Menu.
But I fear from all my new format proposals I’m revealing that I think it’s time for a totally new show.
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