The wrong person went this week. Ricky was right that Steven excels in being able to deflect negative focus from himself and on to other people. I’m surprised Lord Sugar fell for that one.
Watching Jenna on BBC2′s Your Fired program revealed more of her character. She presented an affable personality which any investor would enjoy in their involvement with her future enterprise. I hope Jenna’s business plan is related to her existing beauty therapy trade as I can help with that if it’s a spa or beauty business.
I sensed Lord Sugar might have been angry that he let Jenna go. This was seen in his snapping to Steve the news that he was appointing him the role of project manager next week. Done in the style of
listen ere sunshine!
Evidence then that Steve’s hiding in much of this week’s task was noted.
…“That’s bad management”…
said Lord Sugar somewhat accusingly to Ricky Martin. But he wasnt ticking off the scintillating Latino singer in the picture below.
Español: Ricky Martin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Instead the former government Tzar for Enterprise was criticising a candidate’s decision to haul Duane and Laura back into the boardroom to fend for their potentially fired selves. …”Then why did you keep Ricky Martin and get rid of Duane then Lord Sugar?”… Was my response to his move? And I was not alone in my disdain for Lord Sugar’s decision this week.
In fact, Personnel Today.com links to Nic Hammerling’s blog post on the strange events occurring in this week’s episode. Nic is the Head of Diversity at the globally respected Pearn Kandola consulting firm . She knows a thing or two about the psychology of management behaviour and offers that Lord Alan’s odd decision to fire Duane epitomizes the bad decision-making theme that dominated the show this week.
According to Nic, Duane was one of the few candidates showing real potential and that his ‘egocentricity and single-mindedness’ is a trait seen with the more successful leaders. I would also say Duane showed more internal locus of control than any others in the show. Sadly his other team mates read that wrongly and, I guess because they don’t have that level of insight or they put a negative spin on Duane’s aspirations as task leader, sought to sabotage his efforts and sulk while pretending to put a brave face on things.
In agreement with Nic of Pearn Kandola, I believe it is Ricky who should be criticised for not being present in the role of project manager. His lazy delegating of tasks without following up or evaluating team performance in the process is what we saw instead. Ricky might have hung the others out to dry in providing very little task or moral support.
Ricky seemed to use the project manager role as a platform to showcase his pitching talents, do doubt finely honed by his performance driven wresting hobby. I was surprised to see the feedback from Ricky’s pitching skills were strong enough to impress Karen and Nick so much so that they twisted Lord Allan’s arm and made him change his mind about who got fired (2nd time I’ve heard Karen or Nick being blamed for his decisions this series).
My contention is that if the program is about finding a good pitcher, then makers need to change the name to Dragons Den. But I fear viewers have already grown tired of seeing the bad decision-making in that program’s format too.
Why do you think Lord Sugar is delegating his decision-making to Karen or Nick? What kind of results might we expect from this style of leadership in the long run?
Street logo sign of Brick Lane in English and Bengali, in London. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Apprentice was right up my street this week. Not only did it combine my love of interiors and up-cycling it also showcased the old cinema in my locale, leafy Chiswick, a place I often visit for browsing and furniture design inspiration.
I also especially liked the episode because the right person got fired. Indeed, Karen Brady noted Jane’s ‘aggressive sales tactics’ on the trendy people in Brick Lane. In fact my first post this series noted the girls’ team displaying a bullying selling style, which had to be assertively fought off by a Primrose Hill retailer reinforced by short shrift from her husband. Lord Sugar highlighted that Jane had to go because she hadn’t demonstrated good business acumen to him despite looking amazing on paper. All style and no substance I guess.
Another thing I liked about the apprentice this week was what Lord Sugar said was his underlying rationale for firing Jane and not Gabrielle or the other one. He said he felt that Gabrielle could be being singled out and I think that showed his good leadership, by doing the right thing and attending to the inevitable deeper side of group processes see older post. For me, Lord Sugar’s refusing to collude with the dark side of groupthink and being mindful of what is not being said in the mayhem of finger-pointing and blame gaming is demonstrating great instinct and leadership skills. The nurturing mindful business person is what current leadership and management researchers say is important that we see more of. Well done BBC and Lord Sugar for showcasing and role modelling of that skill.
I’m encouraged as the episode this week makes me believe we are moving away from the ‘bad man businessman’ stereotype in TV programming. The bad man rhetoric has been dominant in our popular culture and research shows it deters creative people, innovators and other sensitive souls from being involved with the business world. Viewers that noted Lord Sugar’s demonstration of a caring entrepreneurial style might feel encouraged to be more proactively involved in business. Indeed Gabrielle’s creative tendencies and feminine business style might be what others have most affinity with. It is opposite to what we saw this week in the desperate bullying behaviors that was seen in the style of this week’s looser.
Full blog posting soon. Please do Check back. But While you wait for the proper blog here’s an interesting picture and musings to ponder.
I too was at this graduation event, part of the troupe of academics sitting on the stage in my academic finery when Rebeckah Brooks got her fellowship of the university. I sat behind her and heard her give her thank you speech and listened as she told 1,000s of graduands the tale of her rise to newspaper publishing fame from humble beginnings (I think- though I wasn’t really listening). This picture is more important to me as a dear colleague sits on the left of the frame and I’m reminded of supportive colleagues and great teamwork during challenging times. Indeed graduation ceremonies for us academics are times when we sit back and quietly congratulate ourselves and our teams for a job well done at the end of the year.
The reason why I wasn’t listening to that key speaker was because sitting behind her I could only see her back and so my mind was wondering. I was thinking how weird it was that there were so many photographers here at The Royal Festival Hall, taking pictures of the editor of the watch cha ma call it. I thought I wonder if it worries her being photographed in this especially designed Ede and Ravenscroft medivial academic gown, as it did me. I worried what I would look like in the papers as I’d only just managed to put my ladies cap on the correct way around. The cap she’s wearing in the pic is the man’s cap. I felt sorry that she didn’t know the difference and drifted off on a dream where more women post graduands demand the ladies cap in future with their gowns. In my musings I also wondered what the lifespan of those photos would be and the long term use of RB’s pic sitting in academic attire. Ironically I reflect and think how strange that much can happen in a year as this graduation ceremony was held around the 21st July 2010. So she’s not had her fellowship or doctorate of the univeristy for long.
Interestingly I heard someone from that newspaper complain that he felt it was all the fault of the yummy mummies, why people had to loose their jobs in result of the newspaper closing down. There seems to be a lot of finger pointing going on in the media which reminds me of when Diana died. Perhaps instead the scandal is signalling that some sectors are in the midst of a cultural crisis where attitudes and values shift in light of learning the shocking ramifications of the un-monitored practice of a few individuals. An important sector lesson learned indeed, but for which there will be no graduation.
Proper blog on errors in leadership to follow soon.