Challenge what the future holds

“Nobody said it was easy, no-one ever said it would be this hard…” As I was writing my latest assignment, I felt like either Chris Martin or Spotify could read my mind. Yes, doing the MBA is a real challenge, but challenging in ways I hadn’t anticipated. The content and teaching is thought provoking, the…

Myths of Leadership

Myths of Leadership by Jo Owen Now, from my memory, this is the first book review I have written since I had to choose one for my Year 5 English homework. As you may have gathered from that opening sentence alone, I wouldn’t describe myself as much of a book worm. You’ll only ever find…

The Map that is your life – doing an MBA (part 3)

Is it what you know or who you know? As part of my MBA Blog triptych, this final instalment deals with the part of my MBA journey that included researching, writing my dissertation and implementing my newly-found know-how into my daily life (yes, not just into my life as a solopreneur, but also areas that…

Machines (Back to Humans) or: Who leads whom?

At this year’s Henley Global Masterclasses, I was immediately pulled in by the motto “Championing humanity in a Digital World”. That’s due to two factors: I recently submitted my Henley MBA on the impact of digitisation on the music industry with its benefits (data transparency) and threats (staff redundancies) and the need for freelance or…

Expect the unexpected! Doing an MBA (part 2)

Of course the MBA journey is different for everybody. And, of course, the key learnings are different for everybody. On Saturday 21st April, at Henley’s MBA Open Day, I was part of the alumni panel. I was surprised how many of my fellow alumni mentioned that some of their key learnings were similar to my…

My Flexible MBA: 6 Months In

Around this time last year, Facebook (which seems to know me unnervingly well) insisted that I answer a question. I say it “insisted” because I tried to resist: yes, I’d been browsing MBA programmes and researching the effects of identity in the workplace, but no it was not a good time. In fact, by any…

Once in a lifetime – doing an MBA (part 1)

Are you smart enough? I spent more than 10 years in C-suite jobs in the music industry. I didn’t get there by being smart, or using my know-how alone. A lot of it involved using my heart, not just my head, trusting my gut and also a little sprinkling of luck.  Being in the right…

Winter Olympics for freelancers

Why do people become freelancers & which one of their knowings deserves a gold medal? Have you ever asked yourself whether it’s what you know or who you know that makes you a successful freelancer? Or have you actually considered taking the why into consideration? Do people choose to become freelancers or is the choice made for…