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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 16, 2016

Leadership Requires Evolution

In module two of EMBA S16, we began to explore various leadership styles. One theme which emerged from our discussion is that different leadership styles are effective in different contexts. There is no one size fits all style that would work well in all situations. A leader who excels in turnaround strategies might not be […]

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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 October 17, 2016

How to Discount Accurately the Value of Business Education

Valuing today a future cash flow is the essence of Corporate Finance. There’s a risk that a cash flow promised today for delivery in the future may not be delivered. So it’s sensible to pay less today for that promise of future performance. In Corporate Finance during Module Eight of my Executive MBA at Oxford […]

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Posted by: on October 3, 2016

The one-employer career is dead

If the marketing department at the Saïd Business School had set out to write a book to attract EMBA students, they could not have come up with a better offering than The Hundred Year Life. Written by Andrew Scott and Lynda Gratton, and published this summer, it points out, using standard data, that likely applicants, […]

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Posted by: on October 2, 2016

Writing Home – Initial Impressions

It’s a rainy morning in Leipzig and I am down with a cold right now, sipping my breakfast tea. I worked through to Friday, but my throat has been scratchy all week. Hard to believe just two weeks ago I spent a wonderful, Indian summer week in Oxford. I’ve been meaning to write about my […]

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