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Posted by: on June 9, 2016

Success or not success? A dilemma of human purpose and transcendence

It was the moment to close the window´s curtains; suddenly I was standing on a beautiful portrait, one of those that capture all senses and convince a spirit that there is something memorable on the air. Standing on the hotel balcony that night in Oxford watching the city´s colours and sounds – full of energetic […]

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Posted by: on March 2, 2016

Post-thesis syndrome

Do forgive me for the length of this article, I hope you empathise and appreciate that I am still hung-over from writing a 10,000 word dissertation. It has been a few weeks since the words ‘submission and deadline’ have thankfully ceased to haunt me. I am pleased to say that the feelings of being shackled […]

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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 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 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 4, 2015

Module 1 – Inspiring

I’ve just completed the first module (Strategy) of the Diploma in Financial Strategy at Oxford’s Saïd Business School (SBS). On a personal note, I currently work in finance with an EMEA remit for product planning. My motivations for applying to SBS stemmed from a desire to improve my technical skillset from a strategy perspective and […]

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