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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 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 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 5, 2015

A once in a life time opportunity

An intense week of hard work among an outstanding set of classmates with very challenging professors, and all of that on an unique place. That’s the summary of what module 2 on the Oxford Diploma in Global Business was to me. As a business leader of a medium size Brazilian industrial group my goal was […]

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Posted by: on May 1, 2015

A journey to remember, the Oxford way

Being a mother of two very young children can be quite a challenge most days and to be able to commit to additional responsibilities and a change in lifestyle can be a challenging yet an amazing experience. It has been a few months since I enrolled myself on to this course and I have to […]

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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 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 February 20, 2015

22 Years Later

Armed with the Dutch prophecy “To stand still is to backslide” I decided to expand my horizons both literally and figuratively, and apply for a programme that would challenge my capabilities, spark ideas in my daily thoughts, expand my hard-­‐core Dutch network and, last but not the least, enhance my career opportunities. Oxford University was […]

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Posted by: on January 30, 2015

Let’s go!

I’ve just returned from an intensive week in Oxford participating in the first module of the Diploma in Financial Strategy. First, a little bit about me. I have 12 years experience in the oil & gas industry and I’m currently Vice President – Finance for our Europe business based in Aberdeen. En-route to Scotland, I’ve worked in […]

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