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Posted by: on February 22, 2017

Fidelio

We walk slowly in procession past Roman and Greek statues on a cold Sunday evening in January. At least two dozen frozen faces stare down at us. Nobody says anything. It feels like we have entered a Stanley Kubrick movie. At the end of the long hallway there is some noise. We enter a room […]

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Posted by: on February 13, 2017

The “Red Pill” experience

“You take the blue pill, the story ends. You wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.” –Morpheus (The Matrix, 1999) The “rabbit hole” adventure & discovery came to life at Oxford… My […]

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Posted by: on January 31, 2017

The 67 marvels and I…

I don’t mind confessing that I was a little [read: very] nervous before attending module 1 of the EMBA. I even constructed a scenario in my mind where there had been an error in the administration process and I would arrive on day 1 to find out that they were expecting someone else! For reference, […]

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Posted by: on January 31, 2017

“Oxford is not so much a place, it is a conversation.” – Kathy Harvey

When I applied to the EMBA at Oxford I was told I would not learn anything I did not already know. I was told this by a mentor who helped me found my business and by a friend who is a professor at an Ivy League Business School. They were both wrong. We are one […]

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Posted by: on January 27, 2017

Some of the most amazing personalities I have met in my lifetime

As a career educator and not someone who is actively engaged in the business world, per se, I have entered the EMBA Programme with some fear and trepidation. I have spent the past 25 years as a teacher, collegiate professor, and school administrator. Over the past several years, my engagement with a group of school […]

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Posted by: on January 25, 2017

“Walking ten thousand miles of the world is better than reading ten thousand s...

For EMBA S16, we truly experienced the meaning of this adage on our first international module to Mumbai, India in early December. Growing up in New York, I have many Indian friends and consider myself quite exposed to the food, customs and culture of this BRIC nation. I enjoy going to Curry Hill (Murray Hill) […]

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Posted by: on January 20, 2017

Turning Points

It was Wednesday night at 2100hrs and our GOTO group was still debating and discussing the finer points of our assignment:  what were the future implications of work in financial services when analyzed through the lens of selected macro trends?  It had been a long day full of classes with new material, intensive discussions, followed […]

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Posted by: on January 17, 2017

What’s the adjacent possible?

I didn’t get the feeling, as my Executive MBA at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School began exactly one year ago, that many of my classmates intended to use the EMBA course as a career transition mechanism. Yet, a transformation in many of us has taken place over the past twelve months. From business case studies in […]

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Posted by: on December 20, 2016

How foreign and local firms operate in India

Having travelled extensively across South-East Asia, I didn’t know what to expect arriving in Mumbai. The hustle and bustle that greeted me was one that signalled to me that I had arrived in what seemed to me a combination of SE Asia and some African countries I had previously been to. The sounds of car […]

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Posted by: on December 8, 2016

Your employer – a key to your executive education

I came to a point when I knew I needed to step change my contribution and effectiveness at work if I was going to advance in my career. I spent a few years as a middle manager at a couple large multinationals but wanted to move into more senior roles. As such augmenting my professional […]

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