I shouldn’t take the Apprentice seriously.
Shout. Preen. Shout. Argue. Pose. Shout. Pout.
The pantomime feudal “Lord” Sugar and the pleading, deferential serfs.
If this is the apex of post-industrial business practice, we’re clearly in trouble.
But it was the value placed on “urgency” in the programme that struck me the other day.
Better to be fast than right.
Act, don’t think.
Get it done now.
In her excellent book “Time to Think”, Nancy Kline devotes a chapter to the routinely ignored disadvantages of Urgency.
“Ease creates. Urgency destroys” she says.
“Urgency keeps people from thinking clearly.
Urgency makes organisations “pathologically incapable of listening”.
Sounds like most of the would-be Apprentices.