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Posted by: on May 30, 2018

20 years later

How did a single comment become the guiding principle behind my work? “Well, that is a nice trick to improve the efficiency of solar panels. Sadly, it won’t be of any use unless we stop increasing the overall energy consumption of society.” This caught my attention as I was sitting in my research lab’s weekly […]

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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 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

Three things we need to save our world from climate change

“There is the natural tendency that all of us are vulnerable to, to deny unpleasant realities and to look for any excuse to push them away and resolve to think about them another day long in the future” – Al Gore on climate change. This statement is true in my life. At the age of […]

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Posted by: on April 21, 2017

Living exceptionally – Step 1: Saïd Business School

A common human desire is to live a better life. It is why we strive hard, work, educate, travel and raise our children to dream. I am no different, although in some ways, the admission that I want to live a better life makes me bristle. It feels like a ‘western world’ and spoiled kind […]

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