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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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Posted by: on September 28, 2016

Knocking Friedman – at Oxford Union

It is not unusual for an Oxonian to walk into buildings no less than a couple of centuries old. But walking right through the Oxford Union’s “Members Only” labelled gate for the first time last night had a special feeling. It was even more amplified after crossing the garden into the Debate Chamber; the room […]

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Posted by: on September 26, 2016

Meet Hayley, the Face of Oxford Saïd

What you immediately realise upon speaking to Hayley Simmons, Oxford Saïd’s Reception Supervisor, is that you are in the presence of an uncommonly decent human being. When I sat down with Hayley for an interview, the very first thing she told me was an astonishing tale of courage in crisis that highlighted one of her […]

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Posted by: on September 21, 2016

My First Day at Oxford Saïd

328 individuals from 58 countries, no this isn’t a conference or a sports tournament, it’s our MBA class for the year 2016-2017 at Oxford Saïd! The resounding applause on the Dean’s first few words evoked a plethora of feelings in me. The first day at B-school was a lot of what I had expected. A […]

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Posted by: on September 21, 2016

The Launch! [Ctrl+Alt+T]

Feels like the old school days; you iron clothes, you polish shoes, get your stuff sorted and run for the bus. #oxfordmba and #itsanoxfordthing are the headlines for the day. We have a ruffian in the fairy tale – rain. But, with the goal of “you can do better” in the backend, the cohort reaches […]

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Posted by: on September 20, 2016

Saturday Afternoon at MAO

In the weekend before the beginning of school, I’ve found myself with a couple days of leisure. I can’t get my university card until next week, so I can’t go exploring the libraries and college grounds yet. I’ve got most of my household items set up, with others on their way. I don’t have any […]

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