Category Archives: 2016 Class posts

Work-life balance and the EMBA

Work-life balance and the EMBA

Lillian Zagoya-Lopez has found it possible to study for her EMBA almost anywhere… at any time!

Very often I’m asked how I manage to study in a different country whilst keeping a full-time job. It is certainly not easy, but the EMBA has taught me that I actually had more time than I thought. So where and when does EMBA study happen? Everywhere and at all times: in between meetings, during lunch, after a swimming session, in a plane, at the airport, just before a concert or party, in the middle of flamenco rehearsals or whilst getting ready for a date.

My life hasn’t stopped because I’m studying, but the EMBA has definitely enhanced it.  An added value of this programme is that you become – if you weren’t already – very skilled at prioritising.  A cloud of tasks to complete becomes a single stream of ‘one thing at a time’, where ‘done’ is better than ‘perfect.’

If your personal and/or professional life is booming, or if you’re under a thunderstorm, your EMBA studies continue.  A WhatsApp channel functioning 24 hours a day can always give you a smile, and is the perfect place to express yourself or ask for help.  For me, it’s a window to a happy world right there in the palm of my hand.

How Diana Henderson (EMBA 2016) studies…
… and introducing Tucker, Brooke Chadeayne’s (EMBA 2016) studying companion.

FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) is probably the worst of feelings to have since starting this life-changing adventure. When you join the class, you want to know every bit of gossip, go to every party and participate at every event.  However, sometimes this is not possible and you remind yourself that you’re an adult and that you’re supposed to deal with this feeling better.  You’ll make sure to get involved next time!

SUPPORT is the amazing feeling of having a crazy idea that someone else in the class believes in.  Whether it’s creating a new company, getting a new job or going to an event dressed as hipsters, someone will be there to encourage you.

NERVES are what you feel before an exam having not studyied for many years. You arrive at the School for some last-minute revision, before raising your head to discover the entire class is doing the same.  All those successful professionals are just as scared as you, and you smile thinking of how an exam can look scarier than managing large teams, or even millions of pounds.

SMILE is what you always wear each time you visit Cambridge, and what I definitely wear when I remember that I have 10 months more to go before this adventure is over.

The silent power of leadership

The silent power of leadership

Diana Henderson writes about the importance of emotional intelligence as a leadership tool. Humility, deep listening skills and insight into people & team dynamics are some of the soft leadership skills that differentiate good from great leaders. Leadership is not simply charisma but also the capacity to understanding the culture of your team; the heart… Continue Reading

Like students.  Like bosses.  Like comrades – EMBA International Business Study Trip

Like students. Like bosses. Like comrades – EMBA International Business Study Trip

Mena Thamburatnam enjoyed the International Business Trip to Silicon Valley in March, one that developed her skills and those of her “superhero” classmates. I look through the cross-hairs of my rifle scope. I’ve been in stealthy pursuit of my quarry for over two hours. The next 30 seconds will need my undivided attention. But my thoughts… Continue Reading

The hidden face of the Côte d’Azur?

The hidden face of the Côte d’Azur?

Vanessa Marcie invited classmates to her native Côte d’Azur to discover a region of investment potential beyond tourism. A few weeks ago, I welcomed a dozen students from the Cambridge EMBA 2016, to the Côte d’Azur. My challenge: changing their perception of the Côte d’Azur. The Côte d’Azur is well known as a touristy place.… Continue Reading

The world is not flat, but uphill – EMBA International Business Study Trip

The world is not flat, but uphill – EMBA International Business Study Trip

Lillian Zagoya recollects her IBST to Silicon Valley alongside, amongst others, a “joyful entrepreneur from Hungary”, an “always smiley ex-captain of a Rugby team”. It’s 6:40am, and I ran through the rain to catch a spinning class at 7am. I can’t see much except for the backs of my 4 friends: a joyful entrepreneur from… Continue Reading

People power and innovation – EMBA International Business Study Trip

People power and innovation – EMBA International Business Study Trip

Brooke Chadeayne returns from the Executive MBA International Business Study Trip to California, having experienced how innovation and people power lie at the heart of success in Silicon Valley. The International Business Study Trip focused on exploring Silicon Valley as a cluster of innovation and entrepreneurship, with distinctive institutions and culture.  To that end, two themes about innovation… Continue Reading

“Let’s not send the police, let’s send HR” – EMBA International Business Study Trip

“Let’s not send the police, let’s send HR” – EMBA International Business Study Trip

Del Seymour, the founder of start-up Code Tenderloin, spared a day to show Cambridge Judge Executive MBA participants like Melissa Stringer what’s really important. Last week, Cambridge Judge Business School orchestrated one of the best weeks of my life. My 80 classmates and I met up in San Francisco, to spend an intense seven days… Continue Reading

Ideas born in the USA – EMBA International Business Study Trip

Ideas born in the USA – EMBA International Business Study Trip

Tom Martin returns from the Executive MBA International Business Trip to San Francisco, California, ready to change the world. Ideas born in the USA I’m sat in San Francisco International Airport wondering what just happened … I think my world has just been turned upside down. We’ve just spent a week together on the International Business… Continue Reading

Community spirit and family visits

Community spirit and family visits

During her most recent study weekend at CJBS, Brooke Chadeayne continues to be inspired by her classmates’ community spirit, and enjoyed sharing the Cambridge experience with her family.   Sitting for the Quantitative Exams Executive MBA exams at Cambridge are intimidating but this cohort stands together.  The January cycle kicked off with three hours of exams on Management… Continue Reading