Thursday, March 23, 2006

You're fired Mani!

On last night's episode of "The Apprentice" Sir Alan Sugar fired Mani. It was the right thing to do. Honestly, if Mani had been proposed as a character on "The Office" I reckon Ricky Gervais would have rejected him for being unrealistic and unbelievable.

I don't know if many other people shared my feelings of "ugh" but seeing Mani grovelling to Sir Alan's son was one of the most cringeworthy moments of TV I have ever seen. It was all teeth and smarmy false laughter. Reminiscent of Rik Mayall playing Rick in "The Young Ones". What a twat! I read a brief bio of Mani somewhere and it said that he is already quite successful in business. Call me old fashioned but I am ever so slightly sceptical of that statement.

I still have my objections to this programme. I think it emphasises a blame culture. The whole theme of it appears to be "Why did it go wrong?", "Whose fault was it?" and "You're fired, because it was you". That is not right.

We need to encourage young business people to take risks and learn from them. That is the only way we can create a business society to compete in today's world. By blaming, shaming and demeaning them we discourage people from taking risks.

It makes for great TV though!

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