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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 17, 2015

Three weeks last summer….

Last year I attended the Said Business School’s Advanced Management and Leadership Program (OAMLP).  The course was a three week residential program (at Egrove Park, not the main business school) that did three things: refreshed and updated my business skills (broad highlights of MBA subjects); assessed my leadership style (via 360 degree feedback, plus some […]

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Posted by: on March 16, 2015

Why Oxford?

My first university degree was in a completely different field to the business world I currently find myself in. With a little experience under my belt, about 6 months ago, I started thinking about my next challenge, how can I push the boundaries? How can I stretch myself and get comfortable outside of my comfort zone? […]

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Posted by: on March 9, 2015

My experience of the Diploma in Strategy and Innovation

I was travelling around rural Myanmar for 2 months straight before I got onto the plane to UK to attend the Diploma in Strategy and Innovation or DipSI Program. My mind was still focused on work and on Myanmar. It didn’t hit me until Wednesday morning when I showed up on the class that I […]

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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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Posted by: on March 3, 2015

What happens between diploma modules?

So module 1 of my Diploma in Strategy and Innovation is over and module 2 is still seven weeks away, so what to do in the interim? Well if you are someone like me who needs a bit of added motivation to hit the books, a study group is the perfect solution. Our class has set […]

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Posted by: on March 2, 2015

What to expect from Saïd Business School and Oxford University

I just got back from my first module sessions for the Diploma in Financial Strategy. I had expectations of what Oxford would be like because my partners are Oxford Alumni. However, my expectations were blown away. Upon arriving at the University of Oxford, I was embraced by the architecture of the Ashmolean Museum and humbled […]

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Posted by: on February 27, 2015

Will I find registration? Will I fit in? Will I enjoy it?

I cannot believe it is already the 27th of February! It seems only days ago since I left Oxford after the first module of the Diploma in Financial Strategy course. Right after the course, on the train, I was sure I would spend at least one hour a day studying – and surprisingly,  I did! My first […]

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