The Apprentice is back in the guise of Junior Apprentice with Lord Sugar giving young would-be entrepreneurs a chance to shine.
As the appeal of the show to date has been to view with incredulity and scorn the carefully edited antics of the contestants I wondered whether the format would work with 16 and 17 year olds.
And it does work although the scorn has to be replaced by amazement that the production people managed to find 10 ‘children’ with incredibly old heads and get them all into a room together.
Lord Sugar has always worked to encourage children into business, most recently promoting the Modern Apprenticeship scheme and I for one am going to be an avid watcher of this series.
In fact, apart from series one, I’ve watched all of them. The attraction for me is partly entertainment, partly looking for business tips and partly with my Feng Shui specs on.
Lord Alan Sugar - Feng Shui Master?
The thing is that Lord Alan Sugar has got Form School Feng Shui perfected and, if you’re a budding entrepreneur studying him would not go amiss.
Think about it, can you picture Lord Sugar sat at a cramped desk facing a blank wall? Or Richard Branson, Bill Gates or Donald Trump? I think not.
Form School is the oldest school of Feng Shui and focuses on the physical environment and how you fit in with it. Finding the most auspicious place to dwell meant survival – in this world and the next. Form School is still studied and applied although the natural environment is normally replaced by an urban, man-made environment.
Many people believe Form School can only be applied outdoors but it is equally important indoors as well and a good understanding of Form School, especially in your working area can provide that little extra element to attract success.
So, let’s have a quick look at Form School and then we’ll see why Lord Sugar is such a Master.
In Form School there are four areas that we analyse, and, as we’re talking about ancient Chinese principles, these areas have great names that symbolise their function and type of energy they represent.
They are the Mountain, the Phoenix, the Dragon and the Tiger.
The Mountain (sometimes known as the Tortoise) is found at the back of the property. Like a comfortable chair, the back provides support and protection. It will also stop good energy and opportunities flowing into the house at the front and straight out the back.
An ideal working environment will have a wall behind you and a high backed chair.
The Phoenix is found at the front of the building. The Phoenix gathers external energy to bring into the house. It represents what is ahead of you so it’s important that you like the view.
An ideal working environment will have a pleasant view in front of you.
Standing with your back to the Mountain and looking towards the Phoenix you will find the Dragon on your left side. Like the Mountain, the Dragon offers support but specifically for the male occupants of the building and all things Yang and practical.
An ideal working environment will have anything electrical here such as a printer or other gadgets and anything that needs action.
Opposite the Dragon is the Tiger so, looking out towards the Phoenix the Tiger will be on your right. The Tiger supports the Yin aspects of the building. This includes the female occupants.
An ideal working environment will have something pleasing such as a plant, flowers or pictures of the family.
Now, watch Junior Apprentice, particularly the board room scenes:
Lord Sugar’s Mountain
He sits in the very centre with a wall and closed door behind him. The door is strategically placed to allow him to make an entrance as a ruler would at court. His chair has a high back and that back is higher than all the other chairs in the room, including those of his assistants.
Lord Sugar’s Phoenix
Apart from his assistants, everybody sits on the opposite side of the board table. So all this energy is directed at Lord Sugar. In addition, the table appears to be up-lit which provides additional energy. There is no doubt that this man commands the room and everything is drawn to him.
Lord Sugar’s Dragon
On Lord Sugar’s left side sits Nick Hewer. Traditionally the place of the Dragon representing Yang energy or all things male.
Lord Sugar’s Tiger
On Lord Sugar’s right side sits Karen Brady. Traditionally the place of the Tiger representing Yin energy or all things female.
Lord Sugar has perfect Form which may have come about organically or he may have had good advice – who knows?
Tips for your working environment
We can’t all have the luxury of space when we work at home or rent an office. But you can take some basic elements of form and apply them, even in the most cramped conditions:
- Keep your desk clear to allow the Phoenix energy to come to you.
- When you look up make sure you see something good. If you have to face a wall then have something on the wall which inspires you. It may be a vision board, your list of goals or a picture of the family that you’re working so hard for.
- Strengthen your mountain. Invest in a high backed chair. Not only will it protect and support you on an energy level, it also makes sense physically to sit in a decent chair for hours on end.
- Be careful where you place things. The Dragon (left) side should have all your electrical equipment, your To Do list, your campaign information and your in-tray. Anything that requires action.
- The Tiger (right) side is a still place and breeds creativity so your planning and development work can go here. It also needs to be nice to look at so flowers or a plant (healthy ones!) can go here. Because this is the Yin area your rubbish bin is best kept here but keep it out of site and empty it regularly.
- Ensure your working area is well lit as this will attract good energy into your environment. Natural daylight is best but, if it has to be artificial, use full spectrum bulbs.
- Make sure your desk is sturdy and unbroken.
Take these tips on board and bring some entrepreneurial energy into your business. And remember to study those you want to be like. But, don’t just consider what they say. Don’t just consider what they do. Consider their environment too. You could learn a lot and it could be the very edge you need to get ahead.
Jackie Notman is a copywriter, feng shui consultant and e-commerce retailer. This article is from her blog ‘Life – and everything else’ where you’ll find an eclectic mix of articles and information.
This Feng Shui information is general for everybody. However, there are deeper levels of Feng Shui which take into account you and your specific environment.
If you would like to find out more about living in harmony with your environment, and using energy to your advantage, contact Jackie Notman on 07920 461574 or through her website www.fs168.co.uk
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