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Posted by: on September 20, 2018

Check the box! Module 1 is Complete

It is hard to believe that Module 1 is done! It was an exciting week of learning, meeting my classmates and professors, registering with Keble College, attending our induction ceremony and getting settled into the Saïd Business School. My classmates represent a diverse group of people from all walks of life and from around the […]

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Posted by: on September 4, 2018

Packed and ready to go!

My suitcase is packed, a bit of intellectual refreshing has been completed through reading materials and workbook exercises and now it is finally time to head to class. The timetable looks interesting.  The first module, “Business Complexity & Decision Making” will address leadership fundamentals, personality and leadership and leaders and decision making.  We will also […]

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Posted by: on August 30, 2018

“Genius is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration”

Edison’s dictum on developing new ideas comes to mind as my group finishes up our GOTO (Global Opportunities and Threats Oxford) assignment. Not that we believe ourselves or our work as genius, but, boy, did we perspire. Which brings me to the main point of this blog post: “How much work does an EMBA student […]

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Posted by: on August 29, 2018

August 29, 2018

Well, it’s hard to believe that 35 years has passed since I graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University in my hometown of Hamilton in Ontario, Canada. Now, here I sit, preparing to attend Oxford University’s Saïd Business School and being a part of Keble College. I am anxious, excited and a […]

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Posted by: on August 15, 2018

Incredible Diversity

As a Chinese American based in New York City, I live and breathe diversity every single day. I thought nothing would top that. I was wrong. My Oxford EMBA cohort is incredibly diverse, in a class size of 65 with 40 different nationalities! Simply describing it does not do it justice. Let me give you […]

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Posted by: on August 9, 2018

Leading with purpose in a networked world

I recently participated in Oxford Saïd’s first ever Aspen Institute Leadership Seminar, themed “Leading with Purpose in a Networked World,” which was designed for 20 students enrolled at a Global Network for Advanced Management (GNAM) member school. Aligning with what Oxford Saïd stands for, the Aspen Institute also brings together future leaders from diverse backgrounds […]

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Posted by: on June 14, 2018

Halfway through

I’ve been asked recently by some people that intend to join the Oxford Executive MBA programme: how is the experience? Is it worth it? Being at the programme mid-point, I made a more solid view. As always, everything is relative. Some people find value in learning and development, others in buying a holiday house or […]

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Posted by: on May 31, 2018

Practicalities

After an absolutely amazing module in India, the first full-scale group assignment and the kick-off of the GOTO project, I’m be returning to Oxford in less than a weeks’ time. Travel arrangements, packing and other preparatory activities are taking place so I decided to share what I have learned, as a non UK resident, on […]

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Posted by: on April 19, 2018

India

Before arriving, I had a warped vision of Bangalore, expecting it to be a dirty, poverty stricken, smelly, hot and an unsafe place, being only exposed to photos and TV images of India as to what I would be experiencing. To my surprise – whilst some small parts met these expectations, I found a vibrant, […]

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Posted by: on April 19, 2018

Dream & Reality

Oxford, city of dreaming spires. Coming to Oxford, feels like a dream. Like a superman, putting on a cape, flying to Oxford, leaving daily life and noise behind, living a mysterious life, dreaming the dreams. Once the module is over, taking off the cape, and back to my regular mundane self. Three modules into Oxford EMBA […]

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