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Posted by: on August 29, 2018

Unions and Management: A Displaced Friendship

As an outgrowth of the Great Depression and subsequently, World War II, Americans were more unionised than ever before in history with one of three Americans represented by unions.[i] Yale University economist Charles E. Lindbloom was one of the first to sound the alarm on what he perceived to be the emergent threat of unionism on […]

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Posted by: on July 23, 2018

Dealing with the Media During Turbulent Times

Following on from the panel discussion on crisis management that sparked my previous blog crisis planning during turbulent times, I’m now going to explore dealing with the media during turbulent times; how best to work with them and how to build better relationships that ultimately reflect positively on an organisation. The media – how should we […]

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Posted by: on June 18, 2018

Crisis Planning During Turbulent Times

I recently participated in a robust panel discussion on crisis management at the Raymond A. Mason School of Business at College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, where the students had just wrapped up a five-day simulated business crisis relating to a fictitious national restaurant chain dealing with an outbreak of E.coli. Below are […]

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Posted by: on December 4, 2017

Spare some change? How about helping someone make one?

Homelessness in the UK is a huge growing issue.  In Oxford alone, the number of people rough sleeping in the city has almost doubled over the last year. At the same time, there is so much goodwill out there, and a huge willingness to help people who are rough sleeping. I decided that if everybody […]

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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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