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Posted by: on March 31, 2020

A Hundred Visions and Revisions

I was most excited to be visiting Palo Alto in March and after receiving permission from my better half, my flight was booked and I was invited to stay in a fabulous house with party-loving friends from my cohort. I was going to Silicon Valley to learn about entrepreneurial finance and meet some of the […]

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Posted by: on March 5, 2020

Do you Dare?

As a boy, I enjoyed considerably shaking a snow dome, which we purchased during a family holiday in Bergen, on the west coast of Norway. My pleasure was that my sister was possessive of her beautiful souvenir and I could (lovingly) tease her. More insightful, I could unsettle the resting snow, creating havoc, at least […]

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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 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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Posted by: on July 18, 2019

Process Improvement

Everything is a process, and each process has variation. (Process Theory) In God We Trust… Everyone else must bring data. (E.Deming) It is so true. If you look at anything which surrounds you, if you start to dissect everything which you do in your daily life, you will recognize – it is so true. The […]

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Posted by: on June 3, 2019

The Devil is in the Detail

Marketing could be described as the art and science of persuasion. And in order to persuade, one must have an understanding of human nature. As we plunged into marketing, it seemed to encompass almost everything under the sun. At one moment we were psychoanalysts for commercial ends, at another, financiers calculating the lifetime value of […]

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