Sep 2018 - May 2020
November 1, 2018
Module 2 has come to an end and along with it the completion of the Analytics portion of the program. Whew! Our first assignment, due at the end of November, will test our comprehension of the topic. Regression Analysis, Risk Analysis and Decision Tree Modelling were topics covered during the many hours and days of Analytics lessons. Our patient professor, Siddarth Arora, took us through a week long journey of analytical rigor.
To complement the Analytics portion of Module 2 was the topic of leadership. Sue Dopson led us through a few interesting role playing scenarios dealing with difficult conversations, coaching and power dynamics. There’s nothing like a bit of role playing to spice up a lecture and some of my classmates did not disappoint.
Another interesting portion of Module 2 involved an introduction to GOTO (Global Opportunities Threats Oxford). Exclusive and unique to Oxford, the GOTO program is designed to nurture discussions around global issues. Breaking off into groups we began to tackle issues that address the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Each year the cohorts are assigned a specific SDG to address. The topic for us this year is The Future of Energy. I look forward to learning more about the GOTO approach as we progress into further modules. The photos show our scribbles and “mapping” of our portion of the learning.
The readings I’ve done thus far pile up on a shelf I assembled exclusively for the completed module documents. As you can see by the photo, the pile is pretty high already despite only having completed two modules. These materials don’t include our online readings. Let’s see how high it will get as I progress.
Fall in Oxford during Module 2 was beautiful. The air was crisp, the leaves were colorful and the buildings looked grand in the sunshine. It was an invigorating walk to and from Said each day reminding me of my school days many years ago.
As I reflect on last week’s module, I realize that the class grew closer as a group (especially as we made our way through massive amounts of steep analytical learning). We know each other a bit better now and are becoming more comfortable sharing our strengths, weaknesses, fears and anxieties over what lies ahead.
….now back to my assignment……
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