Does Daniel have a Doppelganger?

We’re not sure what we found funnier in the latest episode of The Apprentice – Solomon carefully carrying the skeleton across a busy road then allowing it sit on his knee in the car, or Lord Sugar’s face when he saw Tenacity’s paper version which to make matters worse, was still in the box! And why can’t Solomon say the word “anatomical?” It’s not so difficult we think.

Daniel’s dramatic transformation

The biggest turn up for the books on Wednesday had to be the charisma transplant Daniel had been for during the past week. Instead of someone who routinely noised up every individual in his team, here was a team leader who considered the opinions of others, handed out praise when deserved and proved inspiring throughout the task (which was to collect nine items at the cheapest prices using £1000, business directories and a map of London).

Arch enemy Mark even praised Daniel’s team leader skills in the boardroom when he told Lord Sugar: “He’s turned over a new leaf, he’s willing to listen and is far more positive.”

Katie said she believed Tenacity were getting results because they were “finally working together as a team.” Ah sweet.

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Felipe fails to impress

Until that is – that very four found themselves the team under threat in the boardroom. Then the praise turned to recrimination with lawyer Felipe getting it in the neck from all team members. His crime? To “think out the box” as he put it. What that means is he tried to pull one on Lord Sugar by ordering a paper skeleton rather than the real thing on the basis that Lord Sugar hadn’t specified “a real skeleton.” Hmm.

On learning it was the skeleton that cost Tenacity the team Katie told Felipe she’d “never been so angry in her life.” Just what kind of uneventful existence has she had up there in Sunderland all this time?

Other highlight’s of episode nine was Roisin’s brilliant bagging of a diamond for the fabulous knock-down price of £50. Admittedly there was a lot of eyelash fluttering and smiling involved. But don’t knock it – it worked!

Katie and Mark in Tenacity also pulled a blinder when they managed to buy a vial of oil for more than half the cost that Summit did. The reason? They bought it from the internet whereas Sanjay turned up at a posh shop. Meanwhile Daniel used his Jewish background to nab a 30% discount on a kosher chicken (whereas Sanjay, in a fit of stupidity, admitted he didn’t even know what this was).

And so to the board room execution. Make no bones about it, the skeleton did it for Felipe. Lord Sugar told him in no uncertain terms that fetching a paper skeleton had secured his departure.

On learning this bit of news, Daniel – who had been making his fourth appearance in the board room – breathed a huge sigh of relief while his right ear twitched uncontrollably. So convinced were the others that Daniel was in the firing line that when he appeared in the house he was greeted with a baffled silence. The contest continues…

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And it’s Goodbye from James…

At last! Lord Sugar Lump finally saw sense last night (actually he couldn’t have missed it) and fired James. Hooray. How we cheered.

LS really couldn’t have done anything else but get rid of James – such was the wide-boy’s litany of mistakes, coupled with the derision that broke out in the board room after his lying was revealed.

James and his apprentice ambitions judder to a halt

The mistake we’re referring to was, of course, when James referred to the hot tub seller as Derek, rather than his actual name of Anthony. And not just once either – but several times. Understandably, concerned about James’ lack of attention to detail, Anthony gave the contract to Tenacity instead.

This left James unaccountably lying to his team about how he’d actually preferred the ride-on lawnmowers instead. And when Roisin pointed out that telling fibs wasn’t actually a very good idea James swiftly and, rather patronisingly, put her in her place by telling her: “I will do what I want to do.”

And that ladies and gents was the problem. James did exactly what he fancied, starting from when he chose to ignore the others advice about what products to take to the Show. In fact, he didn’t just ignore them but opted for the opposite of what they suggested. How to make a team valued, eh?

In exasperation – and under the spotlight in the boardroom – the normally cool-headed accountant Roisin lost her rag (a little) and told James he was “patronizing, demeaning and difficult to work with.” Oh yes, and that he was also “on a complete ego trip.” The deluded boy retaliated by informing her that, on the contrary, he was “not afraid to make a decision or lead and which are the habits of a good businessman.” Give us strength…or better still, a G&T.

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Dastardly Daniel as Mr Punch

Meanwhile Daniel was doing his best to noise up his team mates too. His bad behaviour involved a massive sulk when it emerged he wouldn’t get to sell the hot tubs but smoothie Mark would instead “on behalf of the whole team” (not just himself then?).

The result was what appeared to be a bit of a ‘Punch and Judy’ show where Daniel chased poor Felipe from one side of Tenacity’s stall to the other moaning and arguing with him at every available opportunity (and even at opportunities that weren’t available). The result was the team’s stall did attract an audience – but for all the wrong reasons.

Meanwhile, as we predicted in previous weeks, Daniel and Mark did put on boxing gloves last night. Unfortunately they weren’t taking punches out of each other; rather it was their treat for winning the task. At the moment they’re still sticking to verbal sparring but we reckon there’s a chance things will escalate as the number of chairs available in the boardroom for candidates slowly dwindles.

Tell us, are tempers just becoming frayed in week eight or are the individual personalities starting to come loose because it’s too tiring to pretend to be perfect any longer? Whatever. We’re loving it and can’t wait to see more unravelling as the weeks go on.

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We were particularly looking forward to this episode in the Accolade office.  Obviously team building events are what we do best, so to see how the candidates on The Apprentice thought they should be ran was of much interest to us.  Would they go with the common misconceptions of what a team building event should be, or would they go completely off the rails and deliver something akin to a major train wreck?  In fairness to the candidates, they managed to do both!

Lord Sugar decided that Doctor Leah should be the PM for Team Endeavour and Francesca was given the task for Evolve.

The brief was clear from Lord Sugar, he had set the teams up with a large corporate client and a budget of £5,000, the team who made the most profit and delivered the best customer satisfaction would win, and in the other team…. yeah you know the rest.

The teams started by brain storming themes for their team building events, both of which come up with a school theme.  However, Leah decided that she’d rather their theme be a historical one.  In true democratic style she put it to the vote and four out of the six voted for the school theme, showing how much of a team player she is, Leah decided to override the vote and went with the medieval/historical theme anyway.

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The teams spent approximately ten minutes apiece deciding what fun games they could incorporate into their team building days, with little or no regard as to what the delegates might actually get out of them.  Rather than think of innovative events that would challenge the delegates, Team Evolve thought that chocolate making and wine tasting were excellent team building activities for a school themed event.  Team Endeavour felt that lawn games would suit their theme, but didn’t consider how they could incorporate the client’s brief into them.

Endeavour found out their client was Barclays bank, Leah started off the process on a completely unprofessional foot by managing to both turn up late, and have her suggestion of the jolly medieval theme laughed at by the client.  She seemed somewhat surprised that Barclays wanted a business orientated outcome for the day, with specific instructions to concentrate on listening and communication skills.  With this in mind she swiftly ditched the medieval theme and quickly, and rather randomly, decided upon an army theme instead.

Team Evolve’s client was the holiday company lastminute.com.   Their brief was simple; they wanted a team building event with business value that focused on everyone working together towards a goal.  Chocolate making and wine tasting should cover that, right?

The teams then headed out to source costumes, props and catering for their team building events.  Luisa and Jason visited a lady who would take care of their chocolate making slot.   However, Luisa quickly decided that she could run a cupcake making workshop for free instead and rudely gave the poor woman the heave-ho, although not before asking if she can buy some piping bags off her.

Rebecca suggested that Team Evolve hire a professional motivational speaker, not a bad move considering the rest of the day doesn’t appear to be at all motivating, or even interesting.

The following day the teams headed off to two different locations in Hertfordshire.  Team Endeavour’s army themed team building event was quickly taken to task by Myles and Neil who finally sat down and started to strategise on how they were going to fulfill the customer’s brief.   Neil offered to deliver the motivational speech at the end.

Over at Team Evolve’s location, everyone set about dressing the school theme with flamingoes and feathers, because obviously these are the first things you think of when reminiscing about your school days.  A flamboyant waste of £300 that only served to confuse the theme further.

Rebecca and Jason seemed somewhat confused as to what competition they had entered, with Rebecca commenting on them being tucked away in the kitchen as the best use of their skills.  Well it would have been if they were appearing on Masterchef.  The Apprentice?  Not so much.

Both teams had omitted to factor the weather in their plans for the day and after a few very basic lawn games it predictably started to rains.   Team Endeavour relied on an overdressed Alex to provide some indoor entertainment in his new guise as Colonel while Neil and Myles dressed up as sumo wrestlers to illustrate a badly put across point by Leah, much to the perplex of the Barclays managers.

Meanwhile, Team Evolve delivered probably the worst wine tasting session ever that instead of looking to teach the delegates anything about wine only showed how little qualified they were in the field.  Elsewhere, Luisa demonstrated some cupcake decorating.  Both workshops received a very luke-warm response and failed to deliver on the brief of the client.

Both teams rounded off their days with a motivational speech; Team Evolve’s professional speaker went down well, but Neil offered up the surprise of the day with a polished and heartfelt speech.

Back in the boardroom Neil wasted no time in telling Lord Sugar what a bad PM Leah was.  Karren tells them how unprofessional they were for turning up late to the meeting with the client and the poor theme.   Francesca doesn’t fair too well either with most of her team questioning her skills as PM.

Leah’s team made a profit of nearly £2,100, but Barclays wanted a refund of 25% because of the lack of contingency plan for poor weather, which left the team with a profit of £1,600.  The client singled out Neil as being particularly impressive on the day.

Francesca’s team spent more money on the professional speaker and unsuitable props, and the client decided that the day had a complete lack of business sense so also demanded a refund of £1250, leaving the team with a profit of just over £1000.

Team Endeavour’s reward for winning the task was a pampering session.  For Team Evolve, a trip to the Bridge Café where the knives were out for Rebecca and Francesca.

Francesca decided to bring Rebecca and Luisa back into the boardroom with her, where ultimately Rebecca was fired because of her idea for the motivational speaker, although we felt that the professional speaker probably helped to save them from a higher refund demand.

If you’d like to host an Apprentice Team Building Event then please give us a call today, we can certainly put your teams through their paces in a fun and motivational way!