Sometimes the candidates on the Apprentice lose through multiple mistakes, sometimes itâ€™s one catastrophic mistake. This week we had both, on the one side we had a poor leader, who struggled to guide his team, and produced a poor product, and struggled to sell his product. On the other side we had a popular leader, who produced a good product, sold well, but ended up making a catastrophic mistake, a mistake that produced a rare significant direct intervention in the task from Nick Hewer.
This was one of the clearest examples of a task that was lost rather than won. Had it not been for that mistake over costings, Noorul was a dead certainty to go. Having said that it was a close run thing in the boardroom, and really came down to Paula showing some integrity alongside Yasmina who turned on her friend to save her skin, and Ben who sadly failed to do quite enough to talk himself out of a job.
To be honest, I thought Ben had blown it for himself with the â€œI got a scholarship to Sandhurstâ€? comment â€“ he didnâ€™t go by the way â€“ but the point that swung it I think was Yasmina, had she agreed with Paula that Ben had been tasked with the costings too but had dodged his responsibilities, I think that would have changed the outcome. Unfortunately Yasmina turned on Paula and Sir Alan went with the majority decision amongst the boardroom candidates.
Sadly, Paula got the chop, and weâ€™re left with Ben who is rapidly climbing my list of candidates to get rid of. Phil after going up a bit in my estimation last week, came right back down after he lost it with Kimberly primarily because she kept her cool and didnâ€™t lose it with Noorul. Kimberly does seem to have the right attitude for business in real life, but whether sheâ€™ll survive against the likes of Phil and Ben remains to be seen.