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Posted by: on February 7, 2018

Back to the future

They say you should never go back.  Certainly José Mourinho, twice the manager of philosophy Professor Mark Wrathall’s beloved Chelsea FC, would agree. Second time round, it just didn’t work out for him. But would it for me?  30 years after I first arrived at Oxford train station suitcase in hand, to study French and […]

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Posted by: on February 5, 2018

Changing times

As someone who works in the world of peace-building, strengthening democracy and international affairs, I engage daily with individuals on all levels in political, public, diplomatic, business, media, academic and community sectors. However, throughout my career I have had limited direct experience of the corporate world, which explains why executive education, and why the Diploma […]

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Posted by: on November 13, 2017

Certainly worth it – reflections at the middle point of the journey

While looking across the world at the programmes that allow mid-career professionals to hone their understanding of how to manage change and promote innovation in public and international institutions, I came across this programme at the Saïd Business School at Oxford. This programme promised to combine organisational strategy and innovation as its core components and offer […]

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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 June 2, 2017

Organisational leadership at Oxford Saïd

Thoroughly enjoying the opportunity I have to study organisational leadership at the Saïd Business School in Oxford. Supported by ISARIC’s (Federation of clinical research networks) Executive Committee and my Oxford scholarship I am being taught a wide range of models and concepts. Already I have been applying these as ISARIC goes through a strategic review […]

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Posted by: on May 8, 2017

The Moocs are taking over… or are they?

After a hiatus of around 5 years I decided to study again. My last certification was CIA (not the investigative kind, the audit kind). I breezed through it if I may say so myself. It was in essence the kind of certification that in today’s world would be considered redundant. It reinforced skills that I […]

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Posted by: on May 2, 2017

Tearing down walls, building perspective

Returning home on Saturday evening from Module 2 of the Diploma in Strategy and Innovation, the adrenaline was starting to slow down from the previous days, but I still had the feeling of awe. Words like “intense”, “challenging”, “life changing” that described the week before were still in my head. We arrived as a cohort […]

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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

Exam Fever

It’s four in the morning and I am trying to sleep, but I look at my watch and try to see if I am not sleeping too long – I realise it’s too early. I know that the class and the classroom discussion have fed me enough to get me through the exams but like […]

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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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