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Posted by: on October 9, 2018

A Diplomat goes to Oxford…

“A diplomat goes to Oxford”…? Perhaps not the most surprising byline for a blog, but “Australian diplomat goes to Saïd Business School” is slightly more unusual. What’s in a career for a diplomat? Cocktail parties, tuxedoes and high intrigue? Rarer than we might like! Grinding through minute details of trade deals, seeking to understand the […]

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Posted by: on October 1, 2018

Oxford EMBA – The Many Facets of Diversity

Having completed the first week of the Executive MBA at Oxford Saïd a number of topics come to mind. That said, this blog article will focus specifically on how the many facets of diversity present in the EMBA cohort add to the learning process and overall experience. The first type of diversity present in the […]

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Posted by: on September 30, 2018

The Journey Begins

Khalil Gibran — ‘Verily the lust for comfort murders the passion of the soul, and then walks grinning in the funeral.’ The class of EMBA-S18 was reminded of the poetic words of Gibran as we commenced our programme, perhaps as a gentle and kind reminder of the discomfort we were now embracing.  In this blog I […]

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Posted by: on September 29, 2018

Chapter one: How to survive and thrive in week one.

1. No matter how smart you think you are, you will need the IT department at the business school to access the internet.  2. Only ever answer a lecturers question with a question. 3. Always ask for more data. 4. MMA stands for Mixed Martial Arts and M&A stands for mergers and acquisitions. 5. Practical […]

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Posted by: on September 20, 2018

Check the box! Module 1 is Complete

It is hard to believe that Module 1 is done! It was an exciting week of learning, meeting my classmates and professors, registering with Keble College, attending our induction ceremony and getting settled into the Saïd Business School. My classmates represent a diverse group of people from all walks of life and from around the […]

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Posted by: on September 4, 2018

Packed and ready to go!

My suitcase is packed, a bit of intellectual refreshing has been completed through reading materials and workbook exercises and now it is finally time to head to class. The timetable looks interesting.  The first module, “Business Complexity & Decision Making” will address leadership fundamentals, personality and leadership and leaders and decision making.  We will also […]

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Posted by: on August 30, 2018

“Genius is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration”

Edison’s dictum on developing new ideas comes to mind as my group finishes up our GOTO (Global Opportunities and Threats Oxford) assignment. Not that we believe ourselves or our work as genius, but, boy, did we perspire. Which brings me to the main point of this blog post: “How much work does an EMBA student […]

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Posted by: on August 29, 2018

August 29, 2018

Well, it’s hard to believe that 35 years has passed since I graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University in my hometown of Hamilton in Ontario, Canada. Now, here I sit, preparing to attend Oxford University’s Saïd Business School and being a part of Keble College. I am anxious, excited and a […]

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Posted by: on August 15, 2018

Incredible Diversity

As a Chinese American based in New York City, I live and breathe diversity every single day. I thought nothing would top that. I was wrong. My Oxford EMBA cohort is incredibly diverse, in a class size of 65 with 40 different nationalities! Simply describing it does not do it justice. Let me give you […]

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Posted by: on August 9, 2018

Leading with purpose in a networked world

I recently participated in Oxford Saïd’s first ever Aspen Institute Leadership Seminar, themed “Leading with Purpose in a Networked World,” which was designed for 20 students enrolled at a Global Network for Advanced Management (GNAM) member school. Aligning with what Oxford Saïd stands for, the Aspen Institute also brings together future leaders from diverse backgrounds […]

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