I remember watching one episode of The Apprentice several years ago, when the whole thing suddenly became clear to me. 'S'r Alan' had been ranting against his unfortunate apprentices following a sales or cost-control disaster. Industry is about sales, costs, and the management of people. Control those three, and everything else falls into place. I rather wish I had been aware of the Alan Sugar business philosophy when I was working in industry. It is worth ten of those relentless management fads that were inflicted on us.
Perhaps the government, particularly one or two of its more high-profile ministers, could learn something from Lord Sugar.