Monday, October 05, 2009 by Jim
Congratulations to Lee McQueen, winner of tonight’s The Apprentice
final, and well done Sir Alan Sugar for picking him.Statistically it was deserved. He won more tasks than any of the challengers for the £100,000 job and never made the dreaded final three to be dragged back into the boardroom for cross examination.Aside from that, his version of the uniform ‘I want it more than anything’ pledge was the most impassioned. Even the terradactyl impersonations and ‘that’s what I’m talking about’ warcry left you convinced this was a seriously motivated man.Yet a week ago, Lee looked odds on to hear ‘you’re fired’ after committing the cardinal sin of elaborating about his education on his CV. It made him unemployable, according to one of Sir Alan’s senior advisors.As Lee winced with embarrassment, HR managers around the nation tutted in unison about the plague of CV fraud blighting the recruitment industry. By the book, he was a gonna.The fact he stayed kind of tells you the difference between business managers and entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs act on instinct and impact not rulebooks, theory or procedure.As the lowest educated contender Lee’s error was one of insecurity that showed a desire to get the job at all costs more than a desire to deceive.Sir Alan recognised that and you sense he’s gained an employee who’ll repay his second chance with unwavering loyalty and effort. A good appointment? We reckon.Oh and expect the more than capable Claire to land a top job soon; finishing second hasn’t done Ruth Badger any harm.