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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 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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Posted by: on December 7, 2016

What’s Inevitable About Innovation? (Part II)

Reading the FT yesterday, I noticed the following paragraph in a story about a letter Apple wrote to regulators recently (attempting to sculpt laws governing nascent innovations and markets is just as important to innovators and inventors as the technology itself, so we have been learning – see “What’s Inevitable About Innovation? (Part I)”): “…Despite […]

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Posted by: on December 5, 2016

What’s Inevitable About Innovation? (Part I)

Now, during this ninth module, we started: “Strategy and Innovation” – the first elective course of my Executive MBA at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School. Our “Strategy and Innovation” module follows a by-now familiar pattern of learning. First, we’re convinced that “Innovation” is a natural product of an equilibrium that mysteriously coalesces in the space […]

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Posted by: on November 8, 2016

Of Poets and Quants

One of the many valuable aspects of Oxford University is the sheer number and diversity of groups and communities you can (or must) be involved with and/or belong to. There are study groups, working groups for assignments, communities that form around your occupation, sporting, or personal interests, those available through your College, and of course […]

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Posted by: on October 20, 2016

Matriculation…lens of a Canadian

I learned I was accepted to Harvard for their General Management Program (GMP) and when I walked onto the campus the first day, I was excited. I remember thinking that this was one of those moments and it felt surreal that this kid from a town of 1,100 in rural Saskatchewan (Canada) was one of […]

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Posted by: on October 20, 2016

Life is a series of compromises and it takes a village…

“The way of success is the way of continuous pursuit of knowledge” Napoleon Hill To say that my decision to pursue the EMBA after completion of the Diploma in Global Business was a difficult one would be an understatement. The Diploma in Global Business is a masters level postgraduate qualification focused on global strategy, risk […]

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Posted by: on September 23, 2016

Making a little right from out of all the wrong

My friends do not know this, but I have – what I humbly believe to be – a stellar collection of country music albums on my phone. As a Canadian, perhaps this is required. And so last week as my bus from Heathrow pulled up to Gloucester Green in Oxford for the first module of […]

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