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Posted by: on March 5, 2021

Can inspiration for female leaders be found in a pandemic?

When Covid 19 became an issue on a global scale it created, almost immediately, an atmosphere of uncertainty. With regards to future plans and jobs, a large percentage of our population found themselves second guessing their careers, especially those that had previously been taken more or less for granted. Large numbers of employees were furloughed […]

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Posted by: on February 25, 2021

Life in Not for Profit: When a Failed Negotiation can be a Matter of Life and Death

Trigger warning for: violence, suicide. The author references using negotiation skills learned on the programme in a real-world situation of a domestic violence intervention. I recently handled a family violence case involving a mother with young children who was almost strangled to death by her spouse. The children witnessed this and, unfortunately, previous violent episodes […]

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Posted by: on January 29, 2021

Are You Reinforcing Gender Stereotypes In The Workplace?

As the result of a tendency towards status quo, most leadership positions are still occupied by men. The stereotypes of typically male attributes have fused into the perception of a standard of good performance, putting women at an inherent disadvantage. Conceptual models of what makes good leaders, salespeople, etc. shape processes such as recruitment, performance […]

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Posted by: on January 20, 2021

Embarking on Oxford EMBA Journey during the Pandemic

What an extraordinary year 2020 has been. The global pandemic has affected all of us. Being in the nonprofit space, I am acutely aware that COVID has also disproportionately affected people who are resource-scarce in many parts of the world. For instance, during the Circuit Breaker period in Singapore, children from low-income families were affected […]

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Posted by: on January 6, 2021

Growing babies, growing self

As we enter 2021, I feel the need to reflect on the year that has just passed. I find myself flipping through pictures of my babies and I am amazed by how much they have grown in a short space of time. In January 2020 I was 6 months pregnant with twins, my toddler could […]

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Posted by: on January 4, 2021

China’s Belt and Road Strategy into the EU

Beginning eight years ago and in pursuit of its so-called Belt and Road initiative, China established or re-established relations with a group of Central, East European and Balkan countries known as the 16+ China Group, later grown to 17+ China with Greece’s own desire to join the Group in 2019. As regards Balkan countries, those […]

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Posted by: on December 4, 2020

Impact Investing: An Entrepreneurial Project at the University of Oxford

As part of the Entrepreneurship class at the University of Oxford, we initiated a promising project in mid-2019, focussed on investing for impact in East Africa. The Executive MBA has equipped us with the necessary skills and the experience for such an endeavour. Nearly two years later, we finished our business proposal for an impact […]

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Posted by: on November 30, 2020

Architecture of Business Resilience

In the course of the last 7-8 months, we have used multiple words that start with “Re” for instance, RESHAPE, REIMAGINE, RESILIENCE, REBOUND, REPACK, RECOVERY. I genuinely enjoyed RESILIENCE because it nearly covers all these terms. Business resilience is the ability to recover from crisis, rapidly adapt to new conditions, respond to all types of […]

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Posted by: on November 11, 2020

The pandemic inequalities and its impact to the lower-income population

After experiencing my first lockdown back in spring and with a second one just introduced widely around many parts of the world; my attention has been drawn to two articles I read a few weeks ago. The first one, reported by Bloomberg and Harvard Professor Raj Chetty and the second, an article about the economic […]

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Posted by: on October 28, 2020

Expectations…

January 20, 2020, 5:00 am, I wake up in a simple but nice room in a Marriott, not substantially unlike any other of the many I’ve woken up in around the world, in Oxford city centre. I put on the kettle and take down two cups of instant coffee along with a bottle of water […]

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