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New post 22 Oct 2015, 07:02
FROM Financial Times MBA Blog: Wrapping up the first term
Sunny Sheng sums up her first few weeks

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New post 22 Oct 2015, 23:21
FROM Farhanc85: Matriculation and Reflection!!!!
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It's been more than a month at Oxford, but I officially became a part of Oxford on saturday. In his speech during matriculation Vice-Chancellor said "The ceremony of matriculation is both solemn and important representing as it does the moment at which each of you is admitted to be a member at University of Oxford"

Having heard many speeches at Said and Oxford Union, these words reminded me what I have gained by coming to Oxford.

Some flashback from other speeches.

Íngrid Betancourt - "Despite all the differences the only way to resolve problems is through words."

Dominic Barton - "Some leaders talk all the time, best leaders ask questions"

It's superb how much importance these leaders give to listening, words and questions.

So coming back to words, let me try to engage the poet in me to reflect on the speed of my MBA course. (Rhymes beware, Iambic pentameter lost!!!!)

List of "things to do" keeps on piling up,
Time flies leaps and bounds, it will never take one step
The to do list becomes never ending,
The calendar reminder gives me a sting.

You need to run, you need to row,
You need to make the time go slow
Staying aloof, making friends,
Drinking games that just don't end.

Do those pre-read, Get that CP (Class Participation)
Remember careers session, prepare that CV
Make those goals, prioritise your life here,
I have had 2 weeks of those talks and now I am scared.

Honestly, Its been a whirlwind but it's been fun. I have met loads of interesting people and I am keen on listening to their stories.

I have been a part of Peer support program which was an amazing learning & listening experience. First time in my life I have stood for an election, being an apolitical person this taught me a lot about people and behaviour.(I lost :)) but I am looking forward to being more involved in the activities at school.

There are 340 plus students in our batch, it's a plethora of emotions, thoughts, noise and ideas. I just hope by august end next year, I will evolve and grow into a better version of myself.
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New post 22 Oct 2015, 23:21
FROM Farhanc85: Oxford Callling!!!!!
This is a scene exactly a year back

Wife: Why are you applying to only ISB?
Me : It's nearby, cost-effective, 1 year and it would be easy to fly down from Hyderabad
Wife: Just to be close to me, you are not applying elsewhere.
Me : Yeah and then there is money too.
Wife: We will figure that out, you apply to Oxford, Harvard.
Me: So these are the names you know that every relative uses and you have seen them in Bollywood movies
Wife: With a sly smile, but aren't they good, they are so famous.
Me: Harvard No!!!, It's a 2 year MBA. Oxford, I don't know if I have that kind of profile
Wife: You have a year start working on that stuff

Fast forward a year:

I was driving and got a text, I usually don't see any text while driving but that day I was expecting the result. Stopped the car, read the text from a fellow GmatClub buddy, he said check your email now.

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I checked my email.

Dear Farhan  
It is my pleasure to confirm the decision of the MBA Admissions Committee to offer you a place on the 2015-2016 MBA program

I didnt even finish reading the entire email, I read this line and called her. She was much more ecstatic than I was. She reminded me of this conversation a year back. All that moping after the ISB ding last year and after INSEAD ding last month, everything is nullified now.

Next post, I will write my application experience to Oxford.

Cheers

P.S Soon I will migrate to a different blog :)
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FROM Financial Times MBA Blog: Indiana-Jones style residential with Lego
Luca Sabia discovers that Lego can be used to build teams

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FROM Financial Times MBA Blog: Indiana Jones-style residential with Lego
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New post 25 Oct 2015, 12:01
FROM From Bench to Board (Fuqua): How the Duke MBA Makes Leaders - Entrepreneurship
Every leading MBA is talking about its entrepreneurship initiatives right now. It’s a new area of post-MBA opportunity as you start seeing more and more MBAs start companies themselves or join companies that are starting to scale after graduation. I’ve been involved in startups in both years during my MBA at Duke Fuqua, but that’s not what I’m talking about when I mean leaders are entrepreneurial.

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FROM Financial Times MBA Blog: Welcome to the second year
Marta Szczerba enjoys the range of electives and a mature setting

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FROM Financial Times MBA Blog: Drinking from a fire hose
Jess Webb discovers that learning at a school that is part of a university brings some benefits.

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New post 30 Oct 2015, 14:02
FROM Financial Times MBA Blog: Back to the Future: Answer the goddamn question
Stephen Morse feels fortunate to have the "Nuxoll advantage".

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FROM Ambitiousbusinessguy: Arizona State announces free MBA program, seeks to increase diversity
The price tag on a master’s of business administration degree from Arizona State University? $0.

http://college.usatoday.com/2015/10/21/arizona-state-free-mba/

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FROM Ambitiousbusinessguy: Investing in a Career in Finance
Hear how Munyar used his time in college to prepare for a career in Finance and landed his first job as an Investment Banking Analyst

http://patoungana.com/2015/10/20/investing-in-a-career-in-finance/

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FROM Ambitiousbusinessguy: GMAT: Test Day Strategy
You’ve studied hard for weeks and test day is finally just around the corner. It seems illogical to have spent hours upon hours analyzing every inch of the exam and then to neglect preparing for the actual day itself. While you shouldn’t dissect test day down to the minute, there are a few areas to […]

http://efessays.com/2015/10/12/gmat-test-day-strategy/

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FROM Ambitiousbusinessguy: Spending my summer starting a business
The best way for work to not feel like work is to own what you do. I think that’s why the best organizations and managers seek to instill a sense of ownership in their employees. The entrepreneurial endeavor takes ownership to the extreme by combining intense personal responsibility with complete impact. Everything that is accomplished depends, in large part, on you.

This summer, I led the launch of an edtech startup, The Graide Network, and discovered that deep sense of ownership for myself, along with many other lessons about business. And I got hooked.

https://kelloggmbastudents.wordpress.com/2015/10/15/spending-my-summer-starting-a-business/

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FROM Yudanashi: The Importance of Perspective
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On Monday I tried out for the Oxford University Fencing Team and while biking across a bridge I caught sight of Magdalen college’s dreaming spires and it hit me. I was fencing again … at a club next to the track where the 4-minute mile was broken … in a town older than the Aztec empire … while studying at the greatest university on the planet. No matter how anything else goes in my life, “I am at Oxford.”

With that reminder came two key insights:

First is that I gained the perspective that I needed to have as I go through job rejections, internal school issues, and intense study session and that I need to constantly remind myself about this perspective.

Second, I realized that with the privilege that I have been given by nature of studying at Oxford comes a great responsibility. Next week I’ll address the responsibility portion but this week I want to focus on how I plan on maintaining this perspective.

As you saw from my post two weeks ago, things at Oxford can get very busy. Almost everything here is focused around learning and expanding your mind, usually over drinks, and always amidst some of the greatest minds around. Church is no exception to this and Church is quickly becoming the avenue I use to maintain this perspective.

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There are over 150 pubs in Oxford and I wouldn’t be surprised if there were even more churches. Each college has a church some grand, some cozy and in keeping with my goals for the year I have been to a handful of services already this term. My favorite by far is the Sung Eucharist at Christ Church. Their cathedral is beautiful, the choir angelic, the organ inspiring, and the service is motivating. What offers a continual reminder of perspective is that the preacher is a theologian, an academic and a believer in making the sermons start in real life and apply scripture to it.

For instance a few weeks ago he opened the sermon with a run-down about how a Management Consultancy pointed out the importance of a shared mission at a firm, from the librarians, cafeteria staff, janitors, and other employees all the way up to the CEO. It was a lesson in leadership development that touched upon the mission of the Church. It was another lesson (in my already filled schedule) that, because it was coming from a completely different angle re-energized me and served as a reminder to focus on the bigger picture.

So far, this same experience has repeated itself at services across the university and it is one way that I am going to maintain my perspective each week. I invite any who read this blog to come to services with me or at least take advantage of what this city has to offer in order to maintain the perspective that “I’m at Oxford.” For future students reading this, consider this just another reason why Oxford is quite possibly the best global program to get your MBA. Stay tuned for next week when I talk about the responsibility that this perspective demands and how I hope to meet it.

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FROM Farhanc85: The Path of Evolution
Albert Camus said “At 30 a man should know himself like the palm of his hand, know the exact number of his defects and qualities, know how far he can go, foretell his failures-be what he is. And, above all, accept these things.” Albert Camus the Nobel laureate also propagated “absurdity”.
I am 30, at Oxford I am encountering my defects and qualities, I have no idea how far I will go; the possibilities are endless. I cannot foretell my failures; I believe I have increased my risk appetite so I will fail and rise again. I remember telling my wife certain interactions and she suggested this topic to me, so here I am on the path of evolution. Like always she sets me right.
It was one of the toughest decisions of my life to do an MBA, the endless hours of balancing GMAT and work, giving up on socializing and the toughest of all to be in a long distance relationship. “Is it worth it?” that’s the obvious question. The only satisfactory answer that I get to that question “I learnt something new today”. So far, the learning through peers has been simply amazing. Although, in my last post I spoke about class participation, I think my class is just fine. There are people from such diverse background. One of the most interesting discussions was during Leadership lecture, where we started with a case study and ended up discussing purpose and impact.
Case studies, group assignments, job applications, sports, workshops and social events these are some aspects of MBA that I am balancing right now. Besides this there are current MP’s visiting oxford to discuss policies with students? The head of McKinsey comes to the business school to give the final message. There are so many things happening around that we have lost track on. I am learning something new everyday.
So what’s my path of evolution at 30? It consists of crawling, walking, running and going forward. Keep on finding my defects, improving them, not worrying to much about future failures but being aware about it and above all challenge the status quo.
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FROM Financial Times MBA Blog: Challenges of scaling a startup business school.
Saïd Business School is a later-stage start-up, says MBA student Stephen Morse, and still adapting to its success

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New post 03 Nov 2015, 19:01
FROM uwengdori - Current Student: What I’ve been up to
I don’t believe it.

2nd year MBA is already almost half way there!

Compared to 1st year, 2nd year goes real, real fast and I need to find a job too.

Let’s just go over how my 2nd year looks like so far.

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  • Gym
Nope. I paid for this membership (part of tuition fee) and I’m making such a great use of it. It’s just that now that I’m only taking three classes this term,  I come to school less often, which is pity (excuses excuses excuses).

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2. Morning and evening class

One class is at 630pm and the other is at 7am…I’m not kidding. 7AM!!

which means I wake up at 530am, try to do my morning thingys (?), and come to class like a zombie…passionate zombie though as this is the class I’m actually learning from (network and digital strategy).

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Meanwhile, I’ve also been doing some job researches for gaming companies, fixing my resumes, do a few coffee chats. I really should start kicking.

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New post 05 Nov 2015, 03:01
FROM Financial Times MBA Blog: Socially Responsible Investing – the new normal?
"Investors are setting the agenda on ethical practices and how certain information is published by companies. Transparency is crucial and integration of ESG through a holistic risk management approach can impact financial performance. ESG is not static, its an evolving space." - Fionna Ross, Aberdeen Asset Management, Edinburgh.

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FROM Farhanc85: The Path of Evolution
Albert Camus said “At 30 a man should know himself like the palm of his hand, know the exact number of his defects and qualities, know how far he can go, foretell his failures-be what he is. And, above all, accept these things.”
I am 30, at Oxford I am encountering my defects and qualities, I have no idea how far I will go; the possibilities are endless. I cannot foretell my failures; I believe I have increased my risk appetite so I will fail and rise again. At 30, I am at the path of evolution.

It was one of the toughest decisions of my life to do an MBA, the endless hours of balancing GMAT and work, giving up on socializing and the toughest of all being in a long distance relationship. “Is it worth it?” The only satisfactory answer that I get-“I learnt something new today”. So far, learning through peers has been simply amazing. Last week, in a Leadership fundamental class, our class was discussing a case about Nordstorm. As a retailer, I was fascinated by different perspective about a leading US retailer. During the course of lecture, we had a very healthy debate on the impact and purpose of retail and FMCG giants. We had a spectrum of views on the definition of Impact and Purpose. The professor was so fascinated by the discussion, he asked us to carry on the discussion and later focus on the Nordstorm case study. That’s facilitative learning.

For our team assignments last week, I worked with a specialist from a major oil company, an entrepreneur, an advisor from big 4 and a digital media specialist. I learnt something new working with them. I am glad that I am working well with my teams and able to contribute to peer learning. 

Beyond the business school, over the weekend I am visiting retail stores and trying to understand from retail staff how the UK market works.  It gets easier to connect the dots when I look backwards now. During my time as a retailer, I remember staff feedback regarding merchandising, visuals and making the retail environment more customer-centric. These feedbacks formed the core of improvement agenda for retail businesses.

So what’s my path of evolution at 30? Sorry Albert Camus, my path still consists of crawling, walking, running and going forward. I will work on finding my defects, improving them, not worrying too much about future failures but being aware about them and above all challenge the status quo.

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