The Apprentice: Series 5: Week 1

In the first week of series 5 of The Apprentice in the UK, we were introduced to the teams.  As usual, many candidates made bold claims about what they could and would do.

The first week task was to set up a cleaning service.  We saw the teams go through the initial forming stage, pitch for contracts and then deliver the service.  So what were the learning points from the first week:

  1. Planning is so vital, especially when a result has to be delivered quickly
  2. Cost of delivering a service is a key component in any decision making process around service provision
  3. An unwillingness for people to take responsibility in one team led to a leader by default rather than choice on one of the teams
  4. It is all too easy to underestimate the time it will take to deliver a service
  5. When people act in individual interests rather than those of the teams, people do not work together
  6. A de-briefing is only effective if people are willing to listen

You can watch The Apprentice UK every Wednesday at 9pm on BBC One or on the BBC iPlayer

About the Author Duncan Brodie

Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 6,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.

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