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Posted by: on March 24, 2017

The not so secret ingredient

It’s 07:30 on a crisp February Wednesday. The sun is rising across the Cotswolds, accentuating the mystical aura of the mist shrouding the English countryside; as I watch the farmland and picturesque village churches pass me by as my train makes its way towards Oxford, I can’t help but think about the many routes of […]

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Posted by: on March 24, 2017

Day in the life

I have just finished my first module at Oxford University as part of a Diploma in Financial strategy at the Saïd Business School. I wanted to share my thoughts on my time for the benefit of (1) my customers who are mostly business owners and executives, (2) my organisation, which has been supportive of my […]

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Posted by: on March 16, 2017

The Oxford international airport

Ten years after last setting foot in a university amphitheater, I decided to go back for a Diploma in Strategy and Innovation. During these ten years I have been in and out corporate coaching and training sessions, seminars and online learning modules (MOOCs). While all these experiences and learnings have got me places in one […]

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Posted by: on March 16, 2017

From the classroom

I am not the best planner. I probably shouldn’t start a post with that level of honesty, but I say so in the hope that you will relate if you also lack typical adult-level planning skills… That said, perhaps you won’t be surprised when I say, I wasn’t looking for a specific degree when I […]

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Posted by: on March 3, 2017

Financial Strategy – thoughts on Module One

After becoming a full member of ACCA and working very closely with the senior management team, including the business units in the past few years, I realized how important “Strategy” is at work and while I was studying for the ACCA qualification. Therefore, I decided to further pursue my education, deepening my knowledge in Financial Strategy at the […]

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Posted by: on March 1, 2017

Unforgettable

My experience at Oxford during the first module is an unforgettable one. At Saïd Business School, the professors, the staff, the facilities and the Global Business programme are truly world-class. Everything was well put together to ensure that we were looked after and that we had access to everything we needed. Professionalism, attentiveness, efficiency and […]

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Posted by: on February 25, 2017

My first Oxford experience

So, when you dish out a big wad of your own cash to further your education 15 years into your career, you expect big things. And if that wad of cash goes to the world’s #1 university, then those expectations are sky high. At the end of my first module, boy were those expectations met! […]

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Posted by: on February 25, 2017

Back to school…

It’s been a few days being back home after Module 1 and I should admit it started to sink in… “I am a student of Oxford!” You may think that this realization comes when you get an offer letter from the School, or when you wire your payment, or when you book your first accommodation […]

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Posted by: on February 23, 2017

My Memorable Experience at Oxford

My experience in the first module of the Diploma in Financial Strategy programme was truly memorable and remarkable. I enjoyed participating in strategic discussions on issues that were affecting our businesses in real time. The diversity of views expressed by my colleagues from various backgrounds during class discussions made the sessions lively and very informative. […]

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Posted by: on February 21, 2017

Conclusions

Just under a month since concluding the Oxford Diploma in Financial Strategy, there has now been time to reflect on a whirlwind thirteen months.  It hardly seems possible that this time last year I was revising hard for the strategy paper.  By the end of the course I had distinctly improved at avoiding the last-minute […]

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