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Posted by: on May 7, 2015

An attempt to crank the mental gears before the exam.

It’s 5:30am.  My alarm is buzzing harshly. This cannot be right. It’s Sunday. Clearly, I’ve forgotten to turn my alarm to its “weekday only” setting. Only I haven’t forgotten. No, I begrudgingly admit to myself, this isn’t a mistake. I set the alarm on purpose.  We are having our first Skype call among the 2015 […]

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Posted by: on May 7, 2015

…That’s inspirational

For me, the Diploma of Organisational Leadership has been inspirational.  The inspiration has come from multiple sources, and, often, from places that I had not anticipated. When you come to Oxford you expect to be inspired by brilliant minds.  And when it happens and you interact with a person whose intellect is razor sharp, it […]

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Posted by: on May 6, 2015

Exam stress

After completing a very motivating and inspiring first module for the Diploma in Organisational Leadership, it is time to go home and relax, but only for a short time. After a few weeks we receive the business case as preparation for the exam. Although all of us know that taking a formal exam is part […]

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Posted by: on May 2, 2015

Once again a thoroughly enjoyable, immersive and “all too soon over” week at...

The second residential week of the Diploma in Organisational Leadership at Oxford kicked off with our first two hour examination. “Gowning up” in Sub Fusc for the examination, as is traditional at Oxford, added to the excitement and somewhat nervousness for most of us for whom it had been a while since we had last […]

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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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