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Posted by: on August 7, 2017

It ain’t over till it’s over

Yoggi Berra’s words are in my mind as we wrap up Module 9 of the Oxford EMBA. There is a chance I am thinking about this phrase as I am moving to New York in seven days for a new job, and one of my classmates has done the unimaginable and scored us tickets to […]

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Posted by: on August 2, 2017

Palo Alto: Bringing Us Closer to Our Unknown Liquid Futures

We were in Palo Alto for the second last Entrepreneurship Finance module of our Oxford Saïd Executive MBA. The key questions we came to Palo Alto to answer were: Why do 50% of NASDAQ companies and 50% of the world’s US$100b+ companies come from this locality – Google Airbnb HP Lyft Uber Apple LinkedIn Adobe […]

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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 June 28, 2017

Marconi’s crystal and the cat’s whisker

I’m 10% happy that now, having completed the third last module of my Executive MBA at Oxford University, I only have four assignments to do. I’m 95% very sad, though, as the necessity of travelling to/from and being in Oxford for the past 16 months has become a habit it shall be hard to break. I […]

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Posted by: on June 26, 2017

In Fear of Abstractions

“Go in fear of abstractions” said Ezra Pound to the fellow poets of the early 20th century. These words were in my mind as we began our Business Finance class in Module 8 – for somewhere along the line in my past education, numbers in math were replaced with letters and abstract concepts, and my […]

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Posted by: on June 21, 2017

Entrepreneurial project – learning to think outside of myself

This month’s module had us thinking strategically with Dr. Thomas Powell and considering economic issues on a macro level with Dr. Ken Okamura. Each class held my personal interest for very different reasons, but Module 5’s real value for me rested and will continue to be dominated by our Entrepreneurial Project and the life-lessons I am […]

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Posted by: on June 14, 2017

The three types of Executive MBA student

“If you walk out of this programme not feeling confident that you can do anything you are passionate about, and be successful at it, then you have missed the point of coming here.” – D.A. These were the words my successful entrepreneur group member and friend said to me one morning, as I ran into […]

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Posted by: on May 23, 2017

Why you can never win in Oxford negotiations (Part I)

In our Oxford University Executive MBA elective “Negotiating Strategy and Practice”, we conducted eight different negotiations based on case studies with different sets of and coalitions of our classmates. The results were monitored using software. Each of us rated the others whom we had been negotiating with on several continuums (yielding; compromising; forcing; problem solving; […]

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Posted by: on May 18, 2017

Oxford Saïd’s Samurai Spirit

5 months into the EMBA got me thinking about one of my heroes. Feudal Japan’s most famous Samurai warrior, Myamoto Mushashi. Miyamoto Musashi (宮本 武蔵, c. 1584 – 1645) was an expert Japanese swordsman and rōnin. He, became renowned through stories of his unique double-bladed swordsmanship and undefeated record in his 60 life-or-death duels. His […]

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Posted by: on May 15, 2017

Oxford College Life

Being part of a College is among the many unique facets of life in the EMBA programme, and as I have written before just one of the many communities you can get involved in. The Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, and Durham use such a unique college system, and for undergraduate and graduate students they are […]

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