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Posted by: on April 20, 2018

6am to midnight: reflections on Hilary term

Johannesburg, April 7 2018 Hello to you all and greetings from Johannesburg, where I am sitting in my hotel room before the beginning of a week-long Saïd Business School international elective – Growth Prospects and Opportunities for Business in Africa. Fifty-three of us (16% of the class!) have given up a week of a short […]

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Posted by: on April 18, 2018

Experiments in Empathy

We live in a world that is increasingly fractured and divided. The rise of populism has seen ‘othering’ and fear damage our social fabric and it has never been more important to have empathy for one another. It’s from understanding each other that we can begin to create a path forward together. Early Tuesday morning […]

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Posted by: on April 16, 2018

Democracy in crisis?

The 2018 Skoll World Forum is a celebration of proximity. But could this proximity–proximity of people, of ideas, of cultures–actually be the root cause of so many of our problems? That was the provocative opening to one of the Forum’s most anticipated panels: “Democracy in Crisis? Populism, Polarization, and Civic Engagement,” moderated by New America […]

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Posted by: on March 28, 2018

Crossing the ford: my hardest lesson yet from the Oxford MBA

The City of Dreaming Spires takes its nickname from a little-known poem by Matthew Arnold. But when it was published in 1865, just one of 240 lines paid tribute to that celebrated skyline. The rest more or less memorialized the town’s incessant wetness—from “an upland dim” where the author walked, chased by “volleying rains and […]

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Posted by: on March 26, 2018

Want to make an impact? Learn how to be kind to yourself

I am sure most of you have had that moment where your attempt at a good intention failed. Maybe you bought a gift for someone that they were disappointed with. Or you told someone “you look great today” and they responded “are you saying I don’t look good every day?” Or in the case of […]

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Posted by: on March 12, 2018

Lessons from Michaelmas, Carpe Diem!

I often get asked by my ex-colleagues and friends what it feels like to make the transition from Banker / Private equity Practitioner to being a full-time student…I swopped spending every week in a different country, working 15 – 18 hour days, leading operational improvements in investee companies and running due diligence exercises on target […]

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Posted by: on February 13, 2018

Know your priorities, but focus on giving rather than taking

Being at Oxford feels like you you are constantly at a conference. Every single day we are meeting new people – classmates, scientists, CEOs, even Malala. Outside of our classes there are a ton of talks on everything from morality to healthcare innovation to cryptocurrency to Middle Eastern politics, a gazillion clubs, numerous balls, sports, […]

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Posted by: on February 12, 2018

Getting an Oxford Experience for the Introverted (or the curious minded)

Sometimes the MBA program can be an exhaustive experience for introverts. The self-created pressure to become instant friends with classmates and professional urge to network can be daunting even for the extroverted. Being an introvert by nature, I was a bit worried about how I am going to cope with these new ties and experiences. […]

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Posted by: on January 26, 2018

Musings on Michaelmas

It is hard to believe that Michaelmas term has come and gone. For the one-year Oxford MBA programme, Michaelmas represents the single most intense period, mostly because a lot happens so quickly and all at once: moving to Oxford, meeting new people – and of course, dealing with FOMO and coping with the relentless academic […]

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Posted by: on January 22, 2018

To Future Oxford MBA’s: You Will Survive Michaelmas Too

We are headed into week two of Hilary term—our second of three. All of our Michaelmas exams are finished, our papers are turned in, and the communal ban on rehashing exams is an unspoken pact. We have spent our week murmuring of dreaded retakes—though we are all secretly relieved to hear we are not alone […]

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