Apr 052009

You don’t get to know the rules; deal with it. For most of my academic life, I had some idea of what the grading policy would be for my work-I always lost all the penmanship points, but got most of the rest of them. You could, of course, use this to game the system-you’d get […]

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Apr 012009

The most important lessons are learned, not taught. You can only be taught so much in life, but most of what’s important you’ll have to learn yourself. A lot of people were frustrated in our core Financial Reporting course-the accountants were upset that the course was teaching that their science was all tricks, smoke, and […]

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Apr 012009

What you learn at Oxford’s Business School (The most important parts of which they don’t teach you) In my final set of posts about Oxford, I take a look back, six months out, and reflect on what I learned at Oxford. I suspect that some of this applies to all business schools, though much of […]

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Dec 172008
You are most welcome

On the ground It’s official. I’m here, on the ground, in Kampala, and have been for 2 weeks. I’m enjoying the 25 degree heat and humidity– it’s like New Orleans in April all the time, although it (sometimes) cools down at night. A little. And it’s “real” Africa. This is not South Africa or even […]

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Oct 172008
On the road... if you call it that.

As I type this, I’m in the back of a truck bouncing over a very serious dirt road, looking out over the river that’s the border between Namibia and South Africa. It’s been a hectic few days: We arrived in Cape Town to hang out with Zeenith et al for a few days as well […]

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Oct 132008
SA Wedding

Fran├žois and Dorita are married. They looked lovely, and there was much rejoicing. Good looking Verloren von Themats But the bride wins Blessings on the happy couple Arriving in style to dinner… And dancing with style all night… Update For those of you who care, we’re probably not climbing Kilimanjaro. A bit too little time, […]

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Oct 102008
200 paintballs, 16 friends, 6 sharks, 5 bits of food porn, 4 days, 3 houses, 2 getting married, 1 flight, too many excellent meals, bottles of wine...

Where I am Tuesday AM I got off the British Airways 747 in Cape Town, South Africa, for Francois and Dorita’s wedding. I immediately ate Biltong, got some Rooibos tea, and drove out to Stellenbosch, where I dropped my bags and packed up for a paintball game. Yes, it is exactly as cheesy and goofy […]

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