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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 February 13, 2020

Stuff made of courage and dreams

Let me narrate a fairy tale, so once upon a time, there was a girl who lived in the far-off land called Pakistan. She was 4 years old when she witnessed the first female Prime Minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto. The little girl was in awe of her charisma and the way she led the […]

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Posted by: on February 7, 2020

New Doors

My first week as an Oxonian flew by way too fast. To all my dear friends and family who asked how it went – it was so humbling that I felt like a grain of sand, yet it was so enabling that I felt like there are no boundaries to what I could accomplish. Hello […]

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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 11, 2019

Reflections on my week in China

As I’m halfway through my 25-hour-flight back to São Paulo, I’ve decided to register some of the thoughts that are tingling my brain for the last couple of days. This was my first time in China and I couldn’t have had a better way to experience it than having this incredible group of 60 brilliant […]

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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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