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December 2020


President's Message
December 2020


Dear members and friends,

As the fateful 2020 comes to a close, the fourth wave is upon us in Hong Kong and this will surely be a very different Christmas and New Year season than we normally experience. As much as we remember the challenges and trying circumstances, we can choose to look back on the blessings (in disguise) and appreciation. For HKICC, it was a year of being adaptive and adventurous, trying out new ways of doing things in adapting to the new normal…although as our Strategic Foresight session showed, the development of L&D in different domains are inevitable, but the circumstances have made it quicker and more acceptable. 

Looking forward, I envision HKICC to continue supporting our members and the coaching community by being diverse and inclusive, giving a platform for our members to learn and shine. Quoting the metaphors from the Future of Coaching CD event, we are more like a fish market with similar but unique offerings catering to the needs and tastes of different clients, rather than the anything goes Wild Wild West or the mad dash Gold Rush.

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September 2020


President's Message
September 2020


Dear members and friends,

Hope you are all holding up well and staying healthy. As the third wave seems to be coming to a close, it’s both disconcerting and reassuring that we have been in this predicament for nine months now and this new normal seems to be sinking in. As surprise, anxiety and anger subside, people the world over come to embrace more acceptance, resolve and resilience (my hope anyway). Until we have a more long-term resolution to this COVID situation, it’s great to see people become more adaptive and creative in carrying on their lives as much as possible and we as coaches continuing to support our clients to adapt the best way they can.
In order to take care of our clients, we also need to look after ourselves as I have recently discovered. With a particularly bad headache last week, I went to see my Chinese doctor and although he did his magic to make it go away, he reminded me to take care of both my physical and mental health, as the headache was the result of persistent subpar sleep quality. This time it really hit the alarm bell hard and it made me very aware of the impact of my prioritising of work over sleep. I’ve since put in place measures to make sure of my 8 hours of sleep, as well as cutting out sugar and caffeine. So the message is, re-examine our daily habits and see what we can do to be more physically and mentally fit. The economic fallout from the COVID situation is probably just beginning and we would need much stamina and energy to support our clients as well as ourselves.
Reporting on the activities of HKICC, Selina has been tirelessly organising a Coach Development event every month and the last one by Leona Wan on Hack the Box has been very well received. We have also started the new Level Up series to support our members in developing their coaching business. It’s still not too late to join as after the successful first session by Dora and Phyllis there are still three more sessions coming up, and you can find the sign-up details below. On another exciting note HKICC has been invited to contribute an article under the banner “Coaches’ Lens” every fortnight to the online version of the iMoney magazine (in Chinese) and the first piece “Finding the Diamond in You” was published on 15/9 written by our VP Coaching Outreach, Education and Advocacy Alvin Ng (https://inews.hket.com/article/2753690?r=cpsdlc). He will be reaching out soon to the membership for article contribution.
In terms of collaboration, I would like to report that Think Broader, the initiative we have created with IACHK and ICFHK to support youth helpers in Hong Kong last year, have recently delivered our first online Think Broader workshop to over 60 student advisors of HKUST in four sessions. With the success of the online delivery after a period of adjustments, we shall start to call on those of you who’ve volunteered to be facilitators at our last Dec launch as we secure more opportunities. Please stay tuned and sorry for the silence.
On another note, with all of our events having moved online, we now have participants joining our events from outside of Hong Kong regularly and as such we are also planning to bring you different learning opportunities from organisations outside of Hong Kong. The first will be the Shanghai Coaching Circle (TSCC) which is a non-profit platform established in 2007 to enhance coaching skills and foster professionalism of its members from around the Shanghai region in monthly speakers or sharing events in English. Their next event will be on Oct 19 on “Search Inside Yourself” and its relevance to coaching. We shall post more information on our Facebook and LinkedIn pages when we further information. Please “like” or “follow” to keep in touch.
On the membership front we are in the process of reviewing how we can better serve you. We are looking at enhancing benefits for our members and growing our HKICC family by spreading the word about our community, support, learning and development culture across Hong Kong and beyond. We will be reaching out for your input in the coming months, and whenever you have ideas for us please do get in touch:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Last by not least, we would like to welcome the following new members to HKICC and thank those who renewed since our last newsletter

New: Benjamin Fong, Carmen Ng, Fatma Madiouni, Jenny To, Linda Chen, Meiling Tsang, Michael Kwong, Montana Chan, Nadine Slater, Samuel Demarais, Siru Heino, Stephanie Kroeker, Tony Williams

Renew: Adeline Man, Andrea Roth, Cara Chu, Christopher Chan, Elsa Tang, Fonnie Wong, Gladys Wong, Linda Sim, Margie Poon, Paek Sook Hyung, Rebecca Szeto, Takemura Shizuka, Vicky Lee
As a volunteer-led organisation embarking on a year-long project to refresh HKICC to support you in moving forward, we would like to invite those who appreciate and benefitted from our work to join the HKICC leadership and working committees to bring these worthwhile initiatives into reality. We are currently looking for members to fill various roles but are also open to what you would like to offer. Please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details.
Thank you and stay healthy.

Warmest regards,

Nicholas Wai

September 2020

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HKICC Management Committee Corner

HKICC Management Committee Corner

As we welcome on board our new VP Membership, here's a quick introduction of Linda Sim :-

Linda Sim - VP Membership

One of my favourite quotes, by Lao Tzu, ancient Chinese philosopher & writer, is…

‘Knowing others is wisdom. Knowing yourself is enlightenment’.

The reason I love this quote so much is that it helps to form the foundation of my coaching relationships. I believe that having self-awareness is the key to living the life you want, achieving the goals you set, and creating the relationships required to get there.

Born and brought up in Hong Kong, I have 24 years’ experience in coaching, training and facilitating across Sales & Marketing, eCommerce and Loyalty on 4 continents, encompassing a 20-year corporate career with Cathay Pacific, and overseeing their loyalty programme and membership.

I have always had a love for my customers and a strong desire to help them achieve what’s important and makes them happy. With this in mind, and working closely with the HKICC family, I hope to contribute towards what you need, want and value in the membership space. All ideas are appreciated, so please feel free to share with us! Together let’s STRIVE forward...


It’s a pleasure to be part of the HKICC team, and I am grateful for the opportunity of collaborating with you all, and look forward to serving you as best I can.


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May 2020


President's Message
May 2020

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February 2020



        President's Message

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Our first Coach Development Program in 2020

A full house at HKICC’s first Coach Development Program in 2020! Thank you Coach  Katerina Kirillova-Stanley’s insightful sharing on Metaphorical Associative card (MAC), a tool which has been adopted by psychotherapists to work within coachees’ emotional, mental and physical spheres creating a free, secure and non judgemental environment.
Participants got to understand the theoretical foundation of MAC and were given practical algorithms of the cards for their self transformation.
Also welcome our 5 new members!

It was a great kick off event for #hkicc on Jan 16 with 21 coaches actively participated. Applying the magic of  Metaphorical associative cards, coaches found the coaching sessions more fruitfully deep diving to reflect inner voice of clients thoughts. The theme of self managing at the beginning of the year trigger coaches to empower themselves for new beliefs and actions. 
Coming on Feb 22 will be learning to  disrupt ourselves and March 19 embracing self care.
Please come and join us. Don't miss the chance to transform to where you want to be.
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Planning for 2020 & beyond

We are grateful to have Angela Spaxman (our Founding Member) to facilitate the discussions and guide us through.  


 What a passionate, energetic and committed group here spending a day to review our goals, to strategise what are the priorities for 2020 & beyond, and to nail what we need to get done soon!

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President's Message 
December 2019

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Interim President's Message April 2019

Dear members and friends,

I cannot believe it’s already April and the second quarter of 2019. We at HKICC has been taking on the challenges of creating a more relevant and sustainable community for you. I am happy to report that we have made encouraging progress and anticipating lots more to come.

 As President who serves the International Coaching Community in Hong Kong, I feel very strongly about the importance of having a strong and supportive community, as I and my fellow coaches would agree, that we would not be where we are without the support of each other, learning and having fun together, and most importantly the help we get when we face challenges, picking us up to do better all over again.
That’s why we started hosting the Coaches’ Roundtable in February this year for both experienced and novice coaches to share wisdom on a different coaching topic. We have also initiated a Coaching Lab from late March for new Cantonese speaking coaches to support them in their coaching journey. Last but not least, the very popular Let it Shine Series has been enhanced and will be brought back in May this year for those who have learned coaching skills and are looking to learn how to start their coaching careers and businesses.
There’s more:

  • The First HKICC Coaching Symposium “Deep Immersion into the Sea of Coaching” which will take place on April 27, 2019, will bring three wonderful speakers to share with you their coaching specialties.  This will take the place of both the monthly Coach Development for the month and the Spring party we announced earlier. Please see our separate email for details. We are looking for a number of volunteers to help us lead this event better so please contact Selina Wong at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We welcome and appreciate your participation. 
  • Riding on the success of our first Outreach programme for 2019, Stanley Chiu, VP of Public Relations, has secured a very worthwhile pro-bono coaching programme with the Golden Bauhinia Women Entrepreneur Association (GBWEA), coaching their members who mentor underprivileged female university students. We have just met for orientation on April 3. 
  • To better understand your needs so we may serve you better, we will be sending you a survey soliciting your input. Please look out for it and be generous with your suggestions. 
  • The HKICC Annual General Meeting (AGM) is scheduled for May 2019 and we are very excited about the special speaker we have invited. More details will be available soon. 
  • Further ahead, we are thrilled to be joining forces with the International Association of Facilitators (IAF) and the International Association of Coaching (IAC) in late October to bring you a facilitated dialogue regarding the future of learning and development including coaching.

Now a call for help: to effectively execute these activities, we need more hands than the board members and VPs who work tirelessly to build this community for you. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you can spare your time to help build the coaching community:

  • project volunteers for the symposium on April 27 (Sat)
  • membership liaison
  • social media and engagement
  • project management

Please join us in putting our initiatives to work for you, our members and community, learning and growing together.
Starting from this president message we would also like to showcase one of our board members or VPs every time. Our first feature will be on Elsa Tang, our Treasurer and much more:

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Message from the HKICC Committee

The Committee of HKICC wishes you a Year of Prosperity, Joy and Well-being!


Please watch out for more upcoming news about our activities and events this year.  We love to hear more from the members and the community how we can support you from the perspective of professional coaching development, enhancement of industry and practising standards, and the collaborations with the industry players, corporates and associates.

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Interim President's Message Dec 2018


Dear HKICC members and friends,

Looking at the simmering harbour while writing this on a lazy Saturday afternoon, I feel blessed and thankful for this rare moment of peace and tranquillity as we approach the end of 2018, a memorable and eventful year for me. I am very honoured to be the interim President of the HKICC, excited to be married to Vanessa in May, and to top it all off, am expecting a new family member in the coming few months.

As I start thinking about how to get ready for our little one, we at HKICC is also busy thinking about the changes and refinements we need to make to better serve you our members. Trailing on the success of our cosy and warm Christmas Party a few weeks ago (many thanks go to Noor in co-ordinating this, who sadly will be stepping out as VP of Strategic Planning to concentrate on developing her business) , we are planning a first-ever Chinese New Year gathering (tentatively on the evening of Thursday, 21 February 2019 so please mark your calendar) to welcome the Year of the Pig with exciting new initiatives for new and experienced coaches:

  • We will organize the third Let it Shine series, as well as a coaching support group The Coaching Lab for new(er) coaches.
  • Angela Spaxman, first President at HKICC, will lead a HKICC Coach’s Roundtable series for more experienced coaches to share experience, ask questions, and support each other.
  • We will start the latest Community Outreach Project with KELY, a non-governmental organisation which aims to provide support to youths between the ages of 14 to 24. We have to thank our member Eileen Tong as the brilliant project lead and also our past president Carole Lewis who will serve as mentor coach to our coaches
  • Stanley Chiu, newly appointed VP of External Affairs, is committed to promoting coaching amongst different professional and business communities in Hong Kong
  • Additional new and renewed initiatives will include refining Membership Benefits to attract and support coaches

With our many initiatives we are continually looking for passionate and proactive members to be either project leads or VPs to help us better serve your community.  If you are interested or have any suggestions please do let us know.

I look forward to a fruitful year ahead at HKICC, and I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a healthy, rewarding New Year.


Nicholas Wai
Interim President, HKICC

Ps: join us in advocating professional coaching!

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5 steps that make Executive Coaching a performance tool (and not a luxury item)!

A recent conversation with a friend and senior HR leader brought me face to face with the (mis)perception of executive coaching. The upshot of the discussion was that Coaching doesn't fit in when the organisation is in the rough and tumble of business, trying to keep wheels turning. That coaching is like a reward, something that's done when the hard work is over and it’s time to kick back, relax and smell the roses!

This conversation took me back to a time not too long ago when I was part of a team tasked with diagnosing a business decline. To cut a long story short, the results of an otherwise healthy business unit had nose-dived and the debris told a story of CEOs inability to hold their team accountable and manage poor performance. This was surprising as much as it was disturbing. The appointment was part of an intricate succession plan and the person was known for their sharp intellect, business acumen and change skills.

The incident rang a number of alarm bells. Was our talent identification flawed? Are we looking at the right behaviours and in the right places for our leaders? What could we have done differently? More importantly, what can we do for this not to recur? The one that caught our eyes was a deep-seated belief that senior executive appointees were ready now and ‘fully developed’ for what they are stepping into. That they will learn on the job whatever 'soft' stuff the role threw at them. That 'development' was about preparing for future roles than enhancing performance in current ones.

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Building your inner coach | Brett Ledbetter | TEDxGatewayArch

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Fortune Coach Limited - Self Development

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Does your Self-Esteem get challenged in your relationship?


Self Esteem Within Families 


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Coaching for Coaches - Most Important Trait to Have as a Life Coach

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President's Announcement - February 2016

All of us on the HKICC Management team hope that you are having a great start to the year and wish you peace and joy during the upcoming Chinese New Year holiday.

We have 2 special announcements we would like to make before the holiday starts:

New Mentor Coaching Initiative
New VP Positions Available – Call to Action


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A Coaching Journey

I found the following in my Inbox and was intrigued: ‘Why are we providing coaching to NGOs free of charge which otherwise cost thousands of HK dollars per hour basis?

Because we want more small to medium sized NGO leaders to experience the power of coaching, a tool of growing importance. And we believe that by enhancing the effectiveness of leaders, in turn, they will create an even bigger impact to the community they serve.

We also believe that the most powerful coaching arrangement ideally starts from the leadership team of the organization. And the success of coaching is highly depending on the willingness and the commitment of the selected coachees’

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