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Posted by: on March 9, 2015

Oxford Diploma in Organisational Leadership – Module 1

On a bright, blustery Oxfordshire morning with the winter sun bouncing off the distinctive Bath stone and copper-clad spire, I arrived at Said Business School to begin module one of the Oxford Diploma in Organisational Leadership. Once inside, Said’s West Wing is a combination of beautiful oak-paneled Harvard-style lecture theatres, countless glass walls and large, […]

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Posted by: on March 6, 2015

Leadership styles, organisational culture, motivation, teams, change, complexity...

The start of the first of four residential weeks in Oxford, for the Diploma in Organisational Leadership. Learning has taken place in Oxford for nearly a thousand years, making it the world’s second oldest surviving university, and the oldest in the English speaking world. I ponder this as I arrive in the city, where ancient […]

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Posted by: on March 2, 2015

What to expect from Saïd Business School and Oxford University

I just got back from my first module sessions for the Diploma in Financial Strategy. I had expectations of what Oxford would be like because my partners are Oxford Alumni. However, my expectations were blown away. Upon arriving at the University of Oxford, I was embraced by the architecture of the Ashmolean Museum and humbled […]

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Posted by: on February 27, 2015

Will I find registration? Will I fit in? Will I enjoy it?

I cannot believe it is already the 27th of February! It seems only days ago since I left Oxford after the first module of the Diploma in Financial Strategy course. Right after the course, on the train, I was sure I would spend at least one hour a day studying – and surprisingly,  I did! My first […]

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Posted by: on February 20, 2015

22 Years Later

Armed with the Dutch prophecy “To stand still is to backslide” I decided to expand my horizons both literally and figuratively, and apply for a programme that would challenge my capabilities, spark ideas in my daily thoughts, expand my hard-­‐core Dutch network and, last but not the least, enhance my career opportunities. Oxford University was […]

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Posted by: on February 10, 2015

Where discussions kick off 10 minutes into the first lesson

#ItsAnOxfordThing Where people from all over the world get together Where after 4 days you feel you have spent weeks with them Where discussions kick off 10 minutes into the first lesson Where lessons can be audiotaped if you broke your arm Where social events are as important as courses Where it is freezing cold, […]

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Posted by: on January 30, 2015

Let’s go!

I’ve just returned from an intensive week in Oxford participating in the first module of the Diploma in Financial Strategy. First, a little bit about me. I have 12 years experience in the oil & gas industry and I’m currently Vice President – Finance for our Europe business based in Aberdeen. En-route to Scotland, I’ve worked in […]

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Posted by: on January 28, 2015

Module 1 – Strategy

Perhaps a few basics about my background can help set the scene, and explain my journey to this Diploma. I qualified as a corporate lawyer in 2003 and I remain qualified, although that’s largely academic now. I changed career 6 years ago, joining a client of mine to move away from practicing law at large […]

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