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Posted by: on April 28, 2020

Learning to Excel in the time of coronavirus

What do you do when you arm yourself with meticulous mental notes from a newly read JK Rowling but run into a far more macabre plot, albeit one with a hidden-in-plain-sight deception worthy of an Agatha Christie? Rowling was a well-considered choice. Once the admission offer to the Oxford Executive MBA came through, around six […]

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Posted by: on April 14, 2020

Post-Pandemic Innovation Illusions

I was lucky to complete the Oxford innovation strategy module during the historical coronavirus crisis. Moreover, I would say it was the right choice at the right time to take part in a course by legendary Marc Ventresca. Fresh knowledge about innovation heated by coronavirus creates a dangerous mix that pushes for entrepreneurial thinking. Shadows […]

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Posted by: on March 11, 2020

The five things I learned in my first year in Oxford

Following on from the success of my long running, two-part “five things I learned in…” blog series, I thought a year into my Oxford EMBA would be a good time to pause, reflect, and, if I may be so bold, impart some more timeless wisdom to new EMBAs peering into the mist to the path […]

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Posted by: on March 4, 2020

How our Executive MBA is already delivering value after a month

Last week, my fellow cohort members and I experienced our second module of the Oxford Executive MBA. Relationships and group dynamics had been developing over the preceding five weeks since our first module. This has fostered greater levels of collaboration and information sharing. Since the group has such a diverse background (33 nationalities from 23 […]

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Posted by: on March 4, 2020

Impossible is nothing

The truth is that nothing prepares you for the intensity and collegiality that the Oxford Executive MBA puts you through. No one tells you that coming from a purely legal, non-financial or mathematical background means that you may find courses like Analytics frustrating and quite humbling. You sit in class and watch a very brilliant […]

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Posted by: on March 2, 2020

Why it’s never too early or too late: The Executive MBA for Leaders from a...

I decided to apply to Oxford’s Executive MBA programme in early 2018. At the time, the business I co-founded had just turned three. In our short history, we had been through the roller-coaster of start-up life, experiencing highs and lows. Our business had grown from a team of two people to >150. We had raised […]

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Posted by: on January 23, 2020

Corporate Turnaround

An “heroic” turnaround manager arrived with his brigade only 100 days ago. A poem was discovered in the drawer of a former middle manager, who was understood to be the victim of this aggressive corporate turnaround. Wretched (Turnaround) Man (after Stevie Smith) Wretched man that thou art How thou piercest the corporate heart With thy […]

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Posted by: on December 19, 2019

You thought you knew it all

Oxford has to be one of the only few places in the world, aside from that ‘other place’, that requires you to wear a bow tie and academic gown to write an exam. Here I was on a chilly, foggy, and rather quintessential Oxford morning on December 2nd pacing toward St Hugh’s College dining hall […]

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Posted by: on December 19, 2019

Integration of Strategy, Operations and Leadership for excellence

I was rather sceptical about “standard” EMBA courses like Leadership, Strategy, and Operations before I took the module. Even though I have taken these courses before during my previous degree programs, it was difficult and nearly impossible to apply standard models and frameworks in real business. Many companies still struggle with strategy application, as usually […]

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Posted by: on December 5, 2019

The James Taylor effect

I am stunned awake from my deep slumber by a duality of interruptions. The combination of a stream of blinding autumn sunlight percolating through the curtains and a raging debate on TV – which I would later recognize as the never-ending Brexit discourse – was fragmenting and distorting my sluggish mind. In a BoB – […]

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