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Posted by: on December 16, 2015

iwill

Recently I had the opportunity to attend an event called ‘Speaking with Courage’, organised by Saïd Business School’s Inspiring Women in Leadership and Learning, ‘iwill’. iwill’s aim is to help women achieve their full potential: to promote women’s development both professionally and academically. I first learned about the iwill event on Oxford Saïd’s event listing website […]

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Posted by: on November 18, 2015

Oxford calling

I graduated from Helsinki School of Economics with a Master’s degree almost ten years ago. When still living in Finland I considered postgraduate studies but at that time the MBA studies didn’t appeal to me and a PhD seemed too academic route for my career aspirations. When I relocated to the UK for work some […]

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Posted by: on November 4, 2015

Unrankable experience

This year Saïd Business School’s Executive MBA Programme was ranked second in the global ranking and first in the UK. For some, a good reason to open a bottle of Chateau Cantemerle from a good year, for others, a good reason to be as proud as a peacock. When it comes to me, well, I […]

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Posted by: on August 25, 2015

Dip OL Module 3

The third module for the Diploma in Organisational Leadership addressed the topics of organisational complexity and change. The excellent duo of Tim Morris and Namrata Malhotra were our faculty for the module, and once again I felt immensely privileged to be exposed to their depth of knowledge and experience on the subject matter. Both Tim […]

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Posted by: on August 21, 2015

Back to life, back to reality

While the above always has thrown me back to the 80s when Soul II Soul were swinging their hair around in this captivating music video, it now has a completely different meaning. Exam 2 of the Diploma in Strategy and Innovation has passed, module 3 has passed, all my books are in a corner and […]

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Posted by: on May 11, 2015

Traditional education

How do you look back on your education? What do you remember? Well, when I look back on my mine, which I received in Ukraine, where I attended a grammar school, I can describe it as a traditional education. There were strict rules including wearing a formal school uniform and we were only permitted to […]

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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 April 8, 2015

Where the W’s are…

I wake up in the middle of the night. “Why”? is my first thought. “What?”, is my second. And my third one is “How does not start with a W.” Do I detect some pre-exam stress? The Why, What and How are everywhere nowadays! Especially when I sit in front of my books and notes […]

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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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