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Posted by: on September 30, 2019

Black cab: 3 days down the row

My first day in the city of Oxford is also my very first time at Oxford University where I am about to embark on a 21-month Executive MBA programme. Ranked impressively as the best university globally, Oxford University is the oldest global hub of knowledge. The university is a hive of knowledge activity. Today isn’t […]

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Posted by: on December 22, 2017

A single step

More than 2500 years ago, Laozi is reputed to have said that “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” – this one started rather with a flurry of steps, akin to unsynchronised tap dancing. The simple fact is that I did not plan or see this coming: when you start researching […]

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Posted by: on November 28, 2017

Use data, don’t use your intuition!

Media and well regarded books celebrate the ones that managed to heroically redefine our economic world. They are restless, innovative, hard working, dedicated, usually highly talented and intuitive. For sure, their emotions were captured in the products and services they launched. Based on the articles, one of their most important assets was the courage to […]

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Posted by: on November 8, 2017

#youtoo – Tipping points towards equality

How amazing it is to actually experience a tipping point. Tipping points can be good or bad. A bad tipping point would be if all kids would start drinking sugary drinks and obesity would rise. That’s bad. A good tipping point is when people who go skiing suddenly start wearing helmets. Nobody told anyone that […]

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Posted by: on September 25, 2017

The One Degree of Change – Re-writing my story

The first week has passed by. We made 62 new friends, from more than 30 countries in 5 continents, in almost any possible field. Besides the classes and official dinners, going to the pub after classes became an important ritual in our small tribe set-up. During these moments, a question emerged frequently: why did each […]

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Posted by: on August 14, 2017

About shaping the mind and shared value

Being born in USSR and being a great fan of Ayn Rand’s novels about the goodness of capitalism, “The Fountainhead” and “Atlas Shrugged”, I didn’t believe in socialism. Taking into account red tape and absence of meritocracy, I clearly realized what ‘good’ socialism can do altogether with bureaucrats in their attempt to create equal society, […]

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Posted by: on August 10, 2017

Yes or No?

We are always busy in our own personal-life-style-bubbles and our precious time makes us postpone those non-urgent important things. Can I do it mañana? Since I was 23, I wanted to do an MBA. Every now and then, I researched about MBA programmes and those universities offering courses. I visited a few campuses in different […]

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Posted by: on August 8, 2017

A Day in the Life of an EMBA Student

5:00 am: Woke up, got out of bed, and begrudgingly skipped breakfast in Keble College’s grand dining hall to jog two miles out to the Green Templeton boat house on the Thames. 6:00 am: Rowed for an hour with my fellow EMBA classmates as the sun came up over the tree line.   7:30 am: […]

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Posted by: on July 31, 2017

Comfort zone

While organizing my post-Module ‘to-dos’ I ease back into the memories made during Module 6 of the Oxford Executive MBA. Memories that are made of moments lived as much as they are made of emotions felt. One emotion was overwhelming this module: the feeling of comfort. Academically this module was packed with Strategy, Marketing and […]

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Posted by: on May 8, 2017

Restaurant review: Galito’s, Whitefield, Bangalore.

Walking into Galito’s in the Whitefield section of bustling Bangalore is entering a welcoming spotless clean interior that motivates you to hit the reset button and feel at ease. Friendly quotes on the wall and Mexican inspired art and artifacts provide the ultimate setting for a culinary trip that is long to be remembered. The […]

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