YOU’RE FIRED: A LITIGATION LAWYER ON THE APPRENTICE 3: A COMIC AFFAIR

Sometimes (I suspect more often than we are willing to concede) it is not the best side that wins, it is the least worst side that doesn’t lose. That is the lesson to take away from this week’s apprentice. Our lawyer and law student remain in the Apprentice.  One of them has experience of being brought into the boardroom.

THE BRIEF

The candidates were given the task of designing characters for 8 – 12 years old.

THE WINNING TEAM

The “winning” team (which includes our lawyer) manage to design an “educational” comic set in France which:

  • Had very little French.
  • Dropped the little French there was after the main character said “I don’t speak French”.
  • Was riddled with grammatical and spelling errors.
  • Couldn’t deal with basic French words like “baguette” and “patisseries”

The team chose to work in a language that none of them spoke.

THE LOSING TEAM

The losing team designed a character around a spaceman called “Benji”. Benji fought a bad guy and won – and that was it.  It is not surprising that the author of the story was the one that was fired. It may have entertained a four-year old, the originality was zero. The (sacked) accountant story writer would have been better off using Lord Sugar’s character “VAT Man”. However there are issues about whether his decision to point out the weaknesses in the product was such a major crime. Martin Lewis tweeted.

“An honest ethical business pitch does highlight the cons as well as the pros. Doing that builds trust and leads to longevity of relationships.”

OUR LAWYERS

Solicitor Sarah-Ann is keeping  a low profile.  Rather like those defences where the strategy is “they’ve got nothing against me, I’ll keep quiet and get away with this”. It actually works on a regular basis. It is working for Sarah-Ann

Law Graduate and aspirant actor Kurran Pooni was brought into the boardroom and was one of the final three this week. His crime appeared to be  that he couldn’t actually act and this was clear from the comic character he portrayed.  The guy doesn’t lack confidence. “I knew I wasn’t going to be fired: I was just there to fill a space”.

NEXT WEEK: DOUGHNUTS

I am relatively confident for our lawyers next week, the teams have to make and sell doughnuts: lawyers and doughnuts have to be a winning combination.