Occupation: Director of Hong Kong Academy of Leadership Ltd
Member since: April 2015
Why did you join AmCham Hong Kong?
We believe that AmCham is a great channel for us to let more people know of our presence. As a member, we find that we are lucky to have all kinds of support, advice and great resources. It is also great to meet other AmCham members from various organizations who are also passionate about educating our next generation.
Can you tell us a bit about the Hong Kong Academy of Leadership?
Hong Kong Academy of Leadership was established as the exclusive representation of FranklinCovey Education here in Hong Kong. We offer ‘7 Habits’ trainings and solutions to principals, teachers, families, children and young adults. Our mission is to inspire educators, through the ‘7 Habits’ principles, in order to unleash our children’s potential. We also believe the ‘7 Habits’ are the principles that every individual can rely on through the different hurdles they might face at different stages of life. If we internalize these habits and apply them to issues, we will find ourselves becoming positive and confident.
How is business?
We just actively started our business at the beginning of this year. We are still actively promoting the 7 Habits to schools, teachers and parents. We received very positive feedbacks from parents and got very good responses to our afterschool programs and family fun days. We are still working hard on the educators. We understand they do believe in the 7 Habits principles but they have all kinds of concerns in running programs in school e.g. funding, cultural or internal school issues.
What is the Leader in Me?
Built from The 7 Habits, The Leader in Me is FranklinCovey’s whole school transformation process. It teaches 21st century leadership and life skills to students and creates a culture of student empowerment based on the idea that every child can be a leader. Instead of seeing some kids as smart and some less so, The Leader in Me paradigm sees that every child is capable, every child is a leader. The 7 Habits creates a common language among teachers, students and parents. When everyone begin using the same language, you get a compound-interest effect.
Name three ideal traits that make a great leader?
I look at this very simply. A great leader should always possess a positive mindset, hold high integrity and be able to influence other people positively.
What do you like best about working with young people?
I spent most of my life working with adults. Working with children and young adults is a totally different experience. Their openness, creativeness and innocence shown in their behavior and during our conversation inspire me in a different way. Working with children of different age groups, cultures and family backgrounds gives me a very good idea of what the children need. Having visited schools in different countries and meeting those children, I can clearly see what children in Hong Kong need – confidence and proactivity.
What are some of your goals?
Children in Hong Kong are facing a lot of pressure and becoming less happy as they grow up. I hope to develop our children with self-confidence, willingness to take up responsibilities and proactivity so that they know they are in-charge of themselves. I would like to strengthen and develop them with interpersonal skills and a win-win mindset. I also hope that after parents see these positive changes in their kids they could release some pressure from them, creating more harmonized families and resulting in less social problems.
What are you currently reading?
I am currently re-reading The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Dr. Stephen R. Covey. It’s really interesting to read the book again because it inspires me from a different perspective especially since I am at a different stage of my life.
What’s your favorite thing about Hong Kong?
I like the food. There are so many types of cuisines that we can try. Recently, a lot of restaurants have been shifting their focus to food art which makes eating even more enjoyable.