Connexus haven't been doing so well in The Apprentice, losing most of their tasks so far. Whether their failings have been a result of poor teamwork or just bad luck, there's a lot we can learn from their performance to date. Here are my top five lessons.
Lesson 1: Don't be afraid to make mistakes.
Sometimes you can become so bogged down with the fear of doing something wrong that you don't actually get anything done. Connexus were so worried about getting their fishcakes exactly right that they missed their lunch hour customer peak. They should have moved quicker, regardless of the outcome. To try, fail, and learn from your failure is better than to do nothing at all.
Lesson 2: ‘When you hear the sound of hoof beats, look for horses not zebras.'
While it may seem odd to quote 14th century logician William of Ockham at this point, these valuable words teach a big lesson Connexus could have done with hearing. You can get stuck in tunnel vision when focusing on individual aspects of a task, meaning you overthink everything and ultimately argue against common sense. Connexus were selling a cactus-infused shampoo without actually talking about the cactus. K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple, Stupid)!
Lesson 3: Do your research ahead of a task.
In their cross-Channel discount buying challenge, Connexus created a strange situation in which the sub teams were looking for items only available in the others' country. Poor research by the team led to a wild goose chase and eventual failure.
Lesson 4: Love what you sell.
The team really didn't like those cat beds! In the pet show episode, Selina just didn't care. You've got to learn to love what you sell, even it's just a front you put on at work. Don't let your team be negative!
Lesson 5: Be decisive, otherwise your team will suffer.
Connexus didn't do so well in the creation of a children's book, as indecisiveness meant a lot of time was wasted creating the story, and resulted in the product being completed late. Leading can be difficult, but you have to make sure everyone knows what they're doing. And that means making choices and sticking to them.