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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 April 12, 2017

Oxford: the land of Pixies, Elves, Harry Potter and a Korean Restaurant

So I was off to Oxford for my first contact week, the lectures run from first thing Wednesday morning until mid-afternoon on Saturday. To make the best of my time I flew from Seoul to the UK on the preceding Saturday so that I could spend a couple of days at my Uncle and Aunt’s […]

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Posted by: on March 31, 2017

Love and a Long Journey to Oxford

What would it be like to study in one of the best schools in the world? To be taught by world-renowned experts? To rub minds with some of the best and brightest students? Those questions always haunt me. But not anymore. In 2016, I had the good fortune of being admitted into the postgraduate masters […]

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Posted by: on August 24, 2016

A MUST programme for the C-level manager

I was born in the USSR, the country where it was prohibited to go abroad. Still, we had a number of schools with a focus on English language, like mine, where children were brought up on English literature, music, art, history.  I remember textbooks, devoted to the places of interest of London – pictures of […]

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Posted by: on July 27, 2016

Reflecting Back

Everyone in the room, starting to wrap up their laptops, folder, packing bags, rushing towards the exit doors, waving goodbyes walking out of Oxford Saïd and off to their destinations. Only when the lights turned off, is when I realised how precious these days were that shaped module 3.  Every 6th week getting ready, packing bags, […]

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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 17, 2016

The Making of Leaders at Saïd

The University of Oxford. Saïd Business School. All eager to learn, a cohort of 51 have taken their seats in the lecture theater six. The topics of this week are: leadership, motivation, power, leading culture, building high performance teams, leading change, and institutional complexity. The amount of reading is overwhelming, but no sweat, we are […]

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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 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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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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