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Posted by: on October 21, 2016


Four weeks into #OxfordMBA with 328 amazing individuals, personalities and celebrities, it’s not strange to feel a little less exquisite. How am going to cope up in a class with such individuals, how am I going to get that job against that consulting guy, how am I going to get into that industry with no […]

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Posted by: on October 19, 2016

Mind Over Medal

I’m teaming up with Sagar to feature our MBA classmates. One of the things I’m trying to work on this year is just plain discipline. While I used to love sports, now my dread of the anticipated soreness discourages me from a strenuous workout. I have a drink instead and tell myself that I’ll jog […]

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Posted by: on October 12, 2016

Student Spotlight #3

A Conversation with Naman Sanghvi and Pablo Oliveira It’s a beautiful Thursday in Oxford before MBA Launch begins. Naman, Pablo, and I grab cups of coffee, walk out onto a terrace at the Saïd Business School, and sit outside, enjoying the view. Sagar: Tell me your stories! Naman: I’m an engineer, and I’ve specialised in […]

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Posted by: on October 11, 2016

Under the Polished Veneer

“Why do you go to work? To increase shareholder value? What a load of b**l. Lots of people go to work for family, to get away from family, because they enjoy it, but nobody goes to work to increase shareholder value!” As I smoothed down the lapels of my blazer, berating myself for not having […]

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Posted by: on October 10, 2016

Memoir of a novice rower

            Involuntarily awaken after four hours of sleep, it is 4:51AM. I get into sportswear and take my rowing gear – which Ghadeer my wholehearted wife had bought me the night before on our anniversary. My alarm clock went off 10 minutes after. I was just thinking: that is precious […]

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Posted by: on October 5, 2016

The Supply Chain Master in Your Kitchen

“What’s the difference between your operation and a restaurant?” I ask Steve. “So, in a restaurant, they’ve got the same menu for a month. And their dishes don’t change. Say, for example, you’ve got a chicken dish with tomato. They just continuously top up their preparation. They never waste it. They never throw it away… […]

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Posted by: on October 4, 2016

Lessons learnt from an MBA: Aim high!

A few weeks ago, I finished my MBA degree from Oxford University. One of the most important lessons I learnt is this: Aim high. Constantly being surrounded by smart, driven, and passionate people showed me what high levels of excellence can be achieved with hard work, persistence, and a little luck. Two years ago, nothing […]

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Posted by: on September 30, 2016

Leading through Contradiction: The Power of Contrast and Diversity

Last week saw the launch of our MBA programme with some 300 classmates representing over 50 countries, 1,500 years of combined work experience, and a colourful range of professional and personal backgrounds. We have entrepreneurs, architects, engineers, doctors, consultants, financiers, journalists, artists, and even an Olympic medallist. Every single one of my classmates has an […]

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Posted by: on September 29, 2016

Letters Home

Dear Mum, Do you remember the letters I used to write to you when I first started at Headfort School? Every Sunday morning during term time! I thought, without the element of force or censorship, that it might in fact be a nice practice to recommence. So I am duly sitting in Society Café (top […]

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Posted by: on September 28, 2016

Leading From Your Own Diverse Narrative

It soon became clear why a seemingly innocuous word like “Launch” was repeatedly spelt with a capital L. MBA Launch is a very big deal and the tremendous amount of work that has gone into welcoming this year’s cohort has been on display every day. The intensity of the week has been such that this […]

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