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Archive for October, 2010

Just emerged from delivering six MBA Starter workshops in a row… a bit shell-shocked, but then again actors on many stages do this and much more for longer. Aside from the four delivered at Henley, there was Trinidad and Ireland. Still, it will be nice to take things if not easy, then at least a bit differently for a while. The next hurricane season isn’t until March next year, so time to focus on other things.

The PhD has been on the back-burner for nearly two months, which is a real scare as I’m supposed to have my proposal fully functional by now, and will need to explain my progress up in Lancaster at the end of November.

Henley’s been buzzing recently, mainly with the numerous Stage Starters for the MBA.  We’ve been trying to drum up internal interest in getting teams to participate in our Grand Quiz Night on November 26th.

The Linkedin Group has been growing slowly, with now over 5,400 members, and the Personal Development Group has also started well.

Been listening to quite a lot of BBC Six Music lately. It’s pitched just right for me, and I am sorry I am late to its discovery. Just enjoying something by the Clash (Equaliser) now, and trying to find “Still Walking” by Throbbing Gristle on iTunes (it’s not there…).

Just been browsing my book on Amazon, and note that it’s sales rank is around the 1.4 million mark. Huh. BUT, just noticed too that someone is selling it for £1.27 plus p & p, so it’s officially a BARGAIN! Order here.

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Today was the Henley Graduation ceremony, which is probably the 11th one I have attended (including my own).  There are always two ceremonies, though the timings have been moved in such a way that somehow everyone turning up for the second ceremony got to munching the sandwiches and finger food for those still attending the first one.

The whole of Henley is turned over to the graduation when it happens, and rooms normally set aside for teaching or group work find themselves hosting gownings, photographs, impromptu reunions, creches and myriad other activities that only make sense at Graduation. It really is nice to see everyone enjoying themselves, and family and friends taking in some of the atmosphere of the place. This year Chris Bones remembered to get those graduating to stand and applaud their families, which was really good.

Ironically, since I am no longer the Programme Director and get to sit at the back on the stage, not the front, this was probably the first graduation where I have known big chunks of the graduating members from start to finish on the MBA.  Nice to see Ginette Luxford, who has run our MBA in New Zealand for some time, actually picking up hers (at last!!), and great to see two members who are serving RAF officers in full dress uniform, gongs and swords for the day.

The Vice-Chancellor made a good speech, well delivered, I thought. His final message “Be bold and  make a difference” was couched in terms which were uplifting.

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