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Posted by: on June 2, 2017

The Lull Between Modules

Lull… If it is, it really shouldn’t be. But, we work a lot don’t we, the type of student who attends a part-time graduate program? And if you are worried for yourself that work and life will get in the way of studying – I can nearly promise you it most certainly will. Being overwhelmed […]

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Posted by: on May 2, 2017

Our First Exam

Well, we did it! Wednesday morning was our first “final” exam at Oxford (yes, I know “first” and “final” sounds like a contradiction, I’ll explain in a minute). As you may know, examination here is a VERY different experience from most any other exams experience anywhere else… First, I offer the actual, non-emotional description of […]

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Posted by: on April 13, 2017

Sky High

In the past decade of my career, it has become apparent to me the areas in which my current skills have not been meeting my current challenges.  As a current C-Level executive and former military aviator, I come from a disciplined culture that always seeks self-improvement.  So, finding a program worth the time, expense, and […]

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Posted by: on April 11, 2017

The Road Well Traveled

Robert Frost’s stirring allusions about the necessity of choices and divergent pathways is emblematic of my eventual journey up the High Street to the University of Oxford. People ask me all the time if this was a good move for me. Did I make the right decision? A decision to attend Oxford is neither difficult […]

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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 September 21, 2016

An enthralling adventure in the land of tea and scones

Here I am, revising for my final examination at Oxford on an asphalt covered rooftop amidst the skyscrapers of upper Manhattan, enjoying the waning days of the summer heat wave before winter casts its dark veil of frost over us. As I churn through Clockspeed: Winning Industry Control in the Age of Temporary Advantage, my […]

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Posted by: on April 8, 2016

Exam Preparation

Here we are – exactly two weeks from sitting for formal exams at The Examination Schools of the University of Oxford. It seems like time has whisked by since I was last there in mid-February. Taking a two-week hiatus from my studies following return from residency at Oxford, may not have not have been the […]

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Posted by: on March 16, 2016

The Oxford Experience

In October of 2014, my CEO emailed me out of the blue to ask whether I would be interested in doing a Postgraduate Diploma programme at Oxford. Naturally, I was honoured to be asked, and was intrigued by the possibilities of the program. I was told to brush up my resume (fortunately, I hadn’t needed […]

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Posted by: on February 26, 2016

Oxonian Poetic Justice  

  As I sail down the tracks aboard the Great Western Railway destined for London’s Paddington Station and platform 9 3/4, a Swiss colleague regales me with the latest entry from his soon to be published collection of poems; the culmination of a lifetime of experiences and introspection. Lost in the vivid imagery of his […]

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Posted by: on October 12, 2015

June Module

As Module 3 of the Diploma in Organisational Leadership approached in June, my excitement became evident to my wife.  Being raised on a family ranch farm in Oklahoma, attending school in a small town before joining the United States Marine Corps, serving 25+ years in the military with multiple combat missions in service to my […]

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