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Posted by: on August 18, 2021

Military Veteran? Why the Oxford MBA could be right for you

“You must be crazy!” That is the phrase my family, friends and colleagues in Italy used to say when I would tell them that I was leaving the Army. When you join the Army in Italy, it is a career for life and leaving it is generally seen as “the ultimate act of madness”. Before […]

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Posted by: on August 21, 2020

From the CIA to Uber, via the Oxford MBA

After proudly serving for 15 years at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), I decided I needed a change. I served across the CIA in different analytics, operations, and technical roles, and it was that last experience that opened my eyes to the incredible technologies developed by the private sector to solve some of the world’s […]

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Posted by: on December 3, 2018

Case studies and Battlefield Studies

‘Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.’ (George Santayana) As I go on the journey from infantry officer to civilian via the MBA at Said Business School in Oxford I’m constantly seeking to identify areas of crossover between the military and the private sector.  Currently trending for me is the use […]

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Posted by: on August 21, 2018

Get to know Ollie Ormiston

Q1. In one word, how would your best friend describe you, and how would you manager describe you? Best-friend: SWEDE! Manager: Outcome-focused Q2. Tell us about where you have come from and what has led you to Oxford. I am British and have lived all over the country through postings in the military (8 houses […]

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Posted by: on January 26, 2015

Paper Tigers and Intrapreneurs

Dear Friends, It has been an action-packed time at Saïd Business School since I last blogged.  We have had exams, which were in the main okay (as long as you revise) apart from the odd paper tiger.  Time intensive though, and I now know what the admissions team (big shout to Gisela who is the […]

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Posted by: on November 10, 2014

Forming Storming Norming Performing and the chances of love

Dear beloved loyal reader(s), The niceties have ended and the class of 14/15 are now on the second stage of Bruce Tuckman’s famous theory of team development. As people get used to their surroundings and their new colleagues, competition creeps in, opinions are voiced and unsightly behaviour conducted which can have a negative effect on […]

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Posted by: on October 28, 2014

Everest and Eric Schmidt: two world giants

Whilst the Oxford MBA Launch was a spectacular success, I was keen to start the course proper, and it has not disappointed; I can testify that a one-year MBA is busy to say the least. All of those maths questions from the GMAT were not actually just tough arithmetic with the purpose of selecting quantie types, but […]

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Posted by: on October 13, 2014

Drinks with the Dinosaurs

So the Oxford MBA Launch is over. Three weeks designed to introduce us to Oxford, the staff, the course content and the city.  The launch has also taught us a lot about ourselves too. When you sign up to an MBA, it isn’t just a finance and strategy course. It is a year of self-discovery […]

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