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Terry tells it like it is: Week 10

We're really at the business end of The Apprentice now, and Linda's inexperience stood out too much, so I had to fire her.

She's done incredibly well to get to the final five, but it was time for her to go.

Linda has performed well on many occasions, but as far as the world of business goes, she's very young and she's got a lot to learn.

Given the level of the job that I'm looking to employ someone for, I need someone who is able to hit the ground running; someone who has that experience and that business savvy.

I just don't think Linda has that quite yet - although she has demonstrated that she has a very bright future ahead of her.

With a little more business development she would have been a lot stronger, but she is only 22 years old, so she obviously doesn't have the business background, acumen and experience that other people have built up over their careers.

I have no doubt that she'll develop that pretty quickly though, because she's shown she has great talent.

At this point, with so many challenges under their belts, a bad performance by a contestant doesn't necessarily mean an instant dismissal.

At the end of the day, it would be difficult to excel at every task, so I'm willing to give them a little leeway if they've performed solidly in the past and if I think they have a personality that would fit well in my company.

I'm not the sort of person who rushes into judgement or has knee-jerk reactions. I need to be able to assess what went right and what went wrong in each challenge, and then I look for accountability and responsibility for the errors made.

With so many contestants gone now, I recently reflected on past contestants' performances, as I lead up to picking the person who will work for me.

I don't have any regrets about who I've fired so far. I carefully considered who I was going to fire each time, and consulted with my advisers about it, and they agreed with my decision on each occasion.

I'm the sort of person who, once I've made a decision, for good, bad or indifferent, whatever people's reactions may be, I'm willing to stand by that decision. That level of decisiveness is something I'm going to be looking for in the remaining contestants.

In my line of work, the aspect I enjoy the most is the level of creativity I get to use in all of my business deals.

There are downsides to the business world however - one of which is having to deal with a range of personalities - not all of them pleasant - and not always being able to put your energy into what you'd most like to be doing.

I've always been a very hands-on person when it comes to the running of my businesses - that's what I enjoy doing. However, a lot of my role now is taken up with things like paperwork, which a lot of people would consider quite mundane, but that's the reality of being in business.

I've always been very driven in what I do though, and I work hard. It can be frustrating at times, but my work also gives me a great deal of enjoyment.

Sometimes I think about where I might be in 10 years' time - relaxing somewhere in the Greek Islands sounds appealing! - but 10 years is a long time in business and I'm focusing on the here and now at this point in time.

With only four contenders remaining on The Apprentice, I've got a very tough decision to make over the next couple of weeks.



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