After so many years, I've made what some people would call a "crazy" decision. Going back to spend time being a student, however this time, admittedly, a mature one. The course I've signed up to follow is being held in the grounds of Selwyn College, part of the University of Cambridge. One of the oldest and most recognised universities in the world. What could have possibly inspired me to do such at thing in the autumn of my career? Well, the reason is a very simple one: brush up on my professional knowledge , and get some more insights into the chosen subject. At the same time I'm curious to discover what a world famous university is like, and what has changed, or not, in university life. Cramming my brain with case studies, theories, practical work, discussions and debate during the day. And no doubt spending time in the evenings discovering the buzz in downtown Cambridge. I 'm expecting that it will be a "sysyphian" task combining my leadership consulting practice day job with the extra studying hours that will be required to successfully complete the qualification. At the same time it will give me the opportunity to review my own belief systems and challenge some, perhaps outdated, preconceived ideas. The very famous management, and personal enhancement guru, the late Stephen Covey in his famous book: "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People", states that the 7th Habit is all about; "Sharpening The Saw", focusing your efforts on renewal both mental and physical. I'm really hoping to engage all my efforts in both of those activities! Follow this blog for a full account of my unique experiences...
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