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Posted by: on August 14, 2017

Beauty as a business tool

“People should be beautiful in every way: in their faces, in the way they dress, in their thoughts and in their innermost selves.” (A. Chekhov) From my time at Saïd Business School, I remember learning different financial strategies for value creation and shareholder wealth optimisation. I can recall quite few of them but there was no […]

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Posted by: on July 12, 2017

My 17-year journey to mindfulness from the Oxford MBA

When I was doing my MBA (1999-2000) I never thought that my career would take such a varied journey. The MBA programme was great. I think the best part of the programme was that it gave me confidence to take risks that I would probably not have taken. It provided me with a can-do attitude. […]

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Posted by: on July 4, 2017

The best project you can work on (II): Hobbies

As we try to keep up with our working schedules, sometimes it’s easy to fall into routine. It works for some of us but becomes boring for others. Many people need challenges and are happy trying and exploring different things. Hobbies are perfect for curious minds. HOBBIES ARE YOUR INVESTMENT There is a saying – […]

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Posted by: on June 13, 2017

My start-up – Bitequest

It was 2007 and I was attending Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, doing my Masters in Financial Economics. During that time, I was exposed to entrepreneurship and startups. The school had some wonderful resources for entrepreneurs: I got involved with a host of entrepreneurship activities there. I was interacting with local entrepreneurs and also headed the […]

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Posted by: on June 13, 2017

Leading & transforming my business substantially

What is the average life expectancy of an organisation? A study in 1996 by de Rooji calculated the average life expectancy if firms in Japan and much of Europe, regardless of size, at 12.5 years. Another study by Hewitt in 2004 indicated the average life span of companies to be 12-15 years. A study by […]

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Posted by: on June 13, 2017

What it means to go the extra mile

Featuring a letter from an old couple that will make you melt The Letter. Skip to the bottom to see it in context. The other day, we received a large delivery. We were trying to figure out what to do with it as the delivery man wheeled the shrink-wrapped block of boxes into the office. We decided […]

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Posted by: on May 16, 2017

Why you should jolt yourself before the world jolts you

“Let well enough alone”, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” – sure these are pretty good bits of advice, but only if you live and work in stable times. I can’t remember such a time – the past decades have been all about technological and market disruptions and just delivering on one’s job description […]

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Posted by: on May 16, 2017

Leadership from a different perspective

Humanities & leadership Every business school has classes on leadership. Usually these classes use case studies demonstrating times business and government leaders solved difficult issues and talk about incentives, personality types, and communication.  Oxford Saïd, though, has the distinction of being part of a 1,000-year old University. In addition to typical leadership classes, Oxford Saïd […]

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Posted by: on May 16, 2017

I have a story to tell you…

“Once upon a time” we studied the impacts of demographic changes and the introduction of big data as part of our MBA programme. The petabytes of data available to us were plentiful and the our work at identifying trends and correlations based on evidence was a reasonable success, so much so that I fell in […]

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Posted by: on April 21, 2017

How we raised a £100k seed round with a single cold email

When people find out you run a startup, one of the first things they ask is, “Have you raised any money and how did you do it?”. We always like to joke that we raised our seed round with a single cold email. But actually, it’s a true story, and as I told more people, […]

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