Ruthless ambition can be an indication of weakness

THE BUSINESS Alan Sugar likes pushy ambitious types
THE BUSINESS Alan Sugar likes pushy ambitious types
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Since when did ruthless ambition become something to be championed?

In life, you get those who are naturally successful, those who aren’t and what looks like an increasing number of people who would sooner trample over their own granny than be seen to fail.

Take The Apprentice candidate Melody Hossaini as the perfect example of that.

She probably thinks her forceful personality is a sign of greatness. But what it really demonstrates is great weakness.

The poor deluded fool has quickly become the pantomime villain of the piece – and that’s saying something when you’ve got someone like Jim Eastwood still in the competition. If that man hasn’t said ‘I will destroy you’ by the end of the series, I’ll eat one of Team Venture’s dry-looking snap and share biscuits. On my own.

Each year this particular TV show pulls out people who are prepared to say – on camera and without even a trace of irony – that they are the best.

Even if you secretly suspect that to be the case, you’ve got to be pretty daft to go and say it out loud.

And yet Lord Sugar admits that he likes Melody’s very open display of ambition. This is the kind of person he wants to work with – and I doubt he’s the only person in business who thinks like that.

Despite the fact that we’re supposed to be living in a more touchy-feely age, many people have come across someone in their working world who behaves like Melody.

The bossy foot-stampers who twist indisputable facts to fit their own theories don’t just exist on TV you know.

Look at the bankers and where their own peculiar view of how the world should look got us.

I don’t even know what hedge fund managers do (apparently they’re not actually in charge of the topiary) but I know I don’t like them.

It might not be very fashionable to admit this but there is more to life than money.

And, as everyone’s favourite (un-trampled) gran used to say, manners cost nothing.

Admitting flaws and mistakes doesn’t make you a wimp. It makes you human.