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.
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
Thank you and stay healthy.