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Can you tell the difference between these 2 photos? Obviously one was with me and the other one was without me. Welcome back to our #CUHK campus CUHK Business School.

I am seeing more f2f activities of my academia and industry lives. I am having 4 business lunches and 4 classes this week… Really good to see our energy is coming back after a serious Covid surge in Hong Kong. Hope everyone stays healthy and businesses and classes back to normal or even reach another peak.

Let’s “kickoff” another new era for Hong Kong after all these cloudy days. Add oil together. Cheers.

What does #retirement mean to you? Are you ready for your retirement journey? Who are in the #ecosystem and how can we collaborate together to make a difference to prepare Hong Kong people, rich or poor, old or young, for our retirement? How #innovation and #technology can achieve something that couldn’t be done before? and more..

I was so grateful to gather a group of experts in the ecosystem of retirement to discuss in the Mastermind Series of Sun Life Hong Kong. Sun Life has been in Hong Kong for 130 years.. Yes, 130 years since 1892. To keep on innovating, they launched this series to empower their colleagues and advisors to think and act “BOLDER and Beyond”. More to come in the Mastermind Series in the months ahead.

We also did a few polling questions to get feedback from about 600 audiences. One key question is:
Which of the following aspects on retirement is the most important to you?
1. Financials
2. Health
3. Life Style and Social Circle

What is your answer? Close to 70% of our audiences chose #Health. We did have a deep discussion on these 3 aspects and how to balance them. We also explored different retirement ways in key cities around the world as well as #GBA.

Thank you so much to Sun Life’s Clement Lam and all the panel speakers Hedy SatLouis LeeCindy Wong and Raymond Lai to share their thoughts on an important journey that everyone of us does care for ourselves and our families. Appreciate the great support from Alice ChuckShirley MakCarmen Lo and their teammates, and my teammates from CUHK. Have a nice weekend.

#SunLifeHK #BOLDERandBeyond #MasterMindSeries #CUHK
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Just finished conducting a 4 days intensive and fruitful EMBA course on Innovation and Intrapreneurship Management for CUHK. On one hand, I am exhausted. On the other hand, I am very grateful as 83 top executives from the mainland China participated my class on Zoom even under the pandemic situation. Engaging 83 executive students for 4 full days on Zoom (plus conducted in Putonghua) was not easy as you could imagine but we did have a joyful and valuable learning experience together.

Not only the number of students has broken my record of teaching EMBA class, the quality of the students were very impressive. They came from different industries like property, professional services, design, manufacturing, engineering, technology and even agriculture. At the beginning, I had some doubt on how much they wanted to learn innovation and how much effort they would put on a course as they are all busy and uprising bosses and top executives. To my surprise, they were serious and really put lots of effort to learn. Really appreciate their passion and perservance to learn.

Apart from going through core concepts and models, we learned corporate innovations and intrapreneurship by exploring 10 influential and inspiring internationl and Chinese cases. We discussed, debated and learned through this process. It was also my honour to have three elite leaders as my guest speakers to share how they innovate as a startup (Sum Wong from #EventX), a tech giant (Jacqueline Chong from #Amazon#AWS) and a traditional enterprise (Damien Wu#ChinaChem). We all learned a lot from them. Really appreciate it.

Now, I need to relax a bit and get a good sleep. Enjoy the Easter Holiday!

#Innovation#DigitalTransformation#CorporateInnovation#Entrepreneurship#DigitalStrategy#intrapreneurship#Startup
CUHK Business School#CUHK#CUHKEMBA#CUHKChineseMBA#EMBA

We had a nice evening in #Macau, well virtually. Macau is a beautiful place as you can see in the photo below. I had a webinar designed especially for audiences from Macau last night together with my CUHK EMBA teammates. Hope I can see f2f all my friends, students, and partners in Macau very soon.

The topic was Digital Transformation for Traditional Enterprises. I invited Winson C. W., our CUHK EMBA alumnus, and a Macau native, to share his experience with the digital transformation in Macau. I am very proud of what Winson and many other CUHK alumni from Macau have achieved. They are now contributing to the growth of Macau particularly by seizing the opportunities and managing the challenges arising from the GBA. Winson has shared a few local innovation cases led by our alumni, such as Judy Wong (Robi 3), Antonio (集運幫), and Acen 江總(澳覓). It was impressive. Thank you, Winson.

Winson also shared his CUHK EMBA journey, such as, learning from top industry leaders and faculties, picking up new knowledge, theories and models, making new connections, contributing to society, classmates becoming lifetime friends, enriching his global vision, and more. While most of Macau’s young generation has gone through an undergraduate programme, not too many of them have taken further to upskill themselves with an internationally recognized EMBA programme like CUHK. Apart from strategy, marketing, finance, and human capital, we also have a unique focus and strong faculty on #DigitalTransformation#CorporateInnovation#ChineseWisdom, and #Entrepreneurship – the most needed knowledge and skills in the VUCA*Digital Era.

To better contribute to Macau’s future growth in GBA, EMBA is a good option for the next generation of leaders in Macau to pursue. Here is a link for more.
https://lnkd.in/fWQzDKq

See you all soon in Macau and have a great Easter Holiday with your family. Take care!

#Macao
#CUHK#CUHKEMBA#EMBA
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#VUCA#Volatility#Uncertainty#Complexity#Ambiguity
Pong Yuen, Howard LamAndrew ChanChun SoKen Lin

Glad to have Mr. Clement Lam, CEO of Sun Life Hong Kong, be my guest on the RTHK radio programme – New Management Thinking 管理新思維. Really appreciate Clement’s sharing and time, and my RTHK partner Jenny Lee. We talked about how insurance companies innovate. While we are seeing some progress in this space, there are still quite a few internal and external challenges to making changes and innovations to this legacy industry. What have we discussed? 1. Sun Life has been in Hong Kong for more than a hundred years (130 years to be exact). Clement shared his experience of how to change the culture of a well-established company with many professionals and legacy culture to encourage and embrace innovation. 2. Leveraging and investing in startups (for example, Sun Life invested in Bowtie) and collaborating with the ecosystem are other topics that we discussed. 3. We also talked about opportunities and challenges for insurance companies in Hong Kong and the GBA. 4. We exchanged ideas on acquiring, cultivating and retaining the right talents, especially for young generations. 5. Leveraging slashers in the Gig and Sharing Economy is becoming a trend and more companies are making use of it. And a lot more.. If you would like to learn more from our discussion, please tune in RTHK1 this coming Sun (Apr 17) from 2 pm to 4 pm. https://lnkd.in/f-X8RaN Update: You can listen to it here now https://lnkd.in/gYddhHHW #insurance #insurtech #healthtech #fintech #startup #ecosystem #Bowtie #RTHK #香港電台 #管理新思維 #NewManagementThinking 永明金融 #SunLife #SunLifeHK #GigEconomy #SharingEconomy #GBA #GreaterBayArea CUHK Business SchoolCUHK EMBA#CUHK #CUHKEMBA #EMBA Andrew Chan Pong Yuen, Howard Lam Chun So

Please join me to learn from my master mentor, Professor Andrew Chan, on a very interesting theme “Leadership in the New Normal: East * West Perspective”.

Professor Chan has been the professor and mentor for many renowned leaders in the East and in the West. It is a great chance to learn from his decades of wisdom and experience.
https://lnkd.in/gR4yMKqV

It is part of our CUHK EMBA Master Class and Info Session. It will be on Feb 25 from 7:30pm to 9:00pm through Zoom. For more information and registration, please click this link. See you then.
https://lnkd.in/g6dE3D9r

#EastMeetsWest #WestMeetsEast
#CUHK #CUHKEMBA
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Pong Yuen, Howard Lam
Dominic Chan
Chun So

Starting from the Year of the Tiger, I will take up another role at CUHK as the Associate Director of our EMBA Programme https://lnkd.in/fWQzDKq on the top of my current roles at CUHK and other roles in the innovation and technology industry. Together with our strong faculty and teammates at CUHK, I hope my experience and networks in the innovation and technology ecosystem can further empower our EMBA alumni and students on their digital transformation journey. Here is my webpage at CUHK https://lnkd.in/gPq7W8ye.

Really appreciate many mentors and colleagues at CUHK, as well as EMBA alumni and students to make my journey meaningful, impactful and joyful. In particular, I would like to thank Professor Pong Yuen, Howard LamAndrew ChanKalok ChanWaiman CheungDominic ChanGrace LiangJohn LAI and Chun So, Jean Yuen and many others of CUHK EMBA team in my CUHK journey. Thank you.

Apart from teaching EMBA, Chinese EMBA and MBA courses, and corporate training on digital transformation, corporate innovation, entrepreneurship, AI, FinTech, Platform and emerging technology subjects, I am also a founding member of and actively participating in a few key innovation and technology initiatives of CUHK as follows. Feel free to communicate with me to find out more.

Corporate Innovation Index
https://lnkd.in/gzykEWCF

Deep Tech Venture Launch Programme
https://lnkd.in/ge45dMPp

Digital Leadership Series for Executives
https://lnkd.in/gZBZmjp

Mini-MBA in Innovative Leadership
https://lnkd.in/g6Pe4bUM

I look forward to continually cultivating the next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs in the digital economy through our EMBA programme and other capacities of mine in the innovation and technology ecosystem.

I wish you all and your families have a healthy, happy and fruitful year of the Tiger.

#CUHK CUHK Business School
#CUHKEMBA #EMBA CUHK EMBA
#CUHKMBA #MBA CUHK MBA
#Innovation #Technology #Entrepreneurship
#DigitalEconomy #DigitalTransformation
#AI #BigData #FinTech #ESG #Platform

Grateful that Hang Seng Bank, one of the major banks in Hong Kong, is determined to become a data-driven leader in the financial services. Appreciate the vision and leadership from the bank’s senior management to make this happen. It really sets a great example for Hong Kong companies to treat data as their strategic asset and how data play a game changer role in the Digital Economy.

Apart from data and technology parts, Data Literacy is equally critical for the success of a data-driven enterprise. Apart from English and Chinese, do you speak #Data? According to Gartner, Data is the second business language in the Digital Economy. Every employee, not just data team and IT team, needs to speak data to communicate with, argue with and persuade customers, colleagues, bosses, investors, partners, literally everyone around you. This is one of the top Future Skills ranked by almost all leading research firms.

It is my pleasure and honour having this opportunity to lead and deliver our Data Literacy Empowerment Programme #DLEP to the bank. DLEP aims to democratise data literacy to the majority of the workforce through a series of data literacy executive roundtables, experiential workshops, group projects, mentoring sessions, hackathons and more for the bank. It emphasizes on data mindset and culture, data storytelling, machine learning applications and hands-on experience. Thanks to the trust and support from Hang Seng Bank’s senior management especially the leadership from Patrick Khong, CDO of HASE, my CUHK’s teammates and OpenCertHub Academy’s data experts.

Higher customer expectations on digital experience and keen competition from data savvy banks and FinTech startups are some of key drivers for us to create this DLEP programme. In fact, it happened in not just financial services but also most of the major traditional industries.

If you would like to know more about our DLEP to ride on the journey of becoming a data-driven enterprise, I am happy to share my thoughts with you.

#CUHK#ABIP#CUHKEMBA#CUHKMBACUHK Business School
#HangSengBank#HASE
#FinancialServices#Banking#FinTech
#DataLiteracy#DataDriven
#BigData#AI#MachineLearning
#DataMindset#DataCulture#DataStoryTelling
#OpenCertHub#OpenCertHubAcademy

Thanks to Joe Wan, CEO of #Tricor, for his experience sharing on talents cultivation in the digital era. Also, appreciate  for delivering the workshop on Leadership and Workforce Transformation in the Digital Era Programme. It was a part of our Digital Leadership Series for Executives initiated and designed by me and a number of industry experts and professors for #CUHK.
https://lnkd.in/gZBZmjp

Here are a few key takeaways from Joe’s sharing.

1. How important is “#WHY” and “#PURPOSE“.
We have to help our colleagues know why he or she is here and how important and relevant their contribution is to the company and themselves. If that alignment works well, people will not just stay but also do their best in their jobs.

2. Listen to all levels of employees
Willing to listen to different levels of staff and answer all kinds of questions directly from staff from levels down will earn trust and pick up ideas that senior management can never think of.

3. Transform every employee to be a #startup
Encouraging #intrapreneurship and innovation from the bottom also encourage talents to join you and stay and grow with the company. Joe has supported their teammates to open a cafe which is now in their building and other places.

4. Take exit interview seriously
Not only finding out more about why a colleague leaves, but also offering staff, who are leaving, a final chance to stay. Joe said in the Exit Interview, “If you stay, I can waive the advanced notice for your next resignation if any.” That sincerity is really building another level of trust even the staff finally left. Alumni groups can be very powerful these days as ecosystem collaboration is the key to success in the digital era.

5. Respect each other
Joe asked and enforced every manager to treat their staff with respect. For instance, it is fine for a manager to shout at their staff but never one stands up and the other sits down. A simple gesture means a lot.

All these tips applied well in particular to the young generation. I learned a lot from Joe and Teddy. To thank Joe, I also shared a copy of my book #數碼力大提升 to him.

#CUHKEMBA #CUHKMBA #APIB
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#DigitalLeadership
#DigitalTransformation
#DigitalEconomy
#DigitalWorkforce

It was the Friday night before the Christmas. People will usually go out shopping, gathering and having fun. Really appreciate the participants who came tonight to my talk to learn about digital transformation. I saw not only some new faces but also my #EMBA students who came with their other halves to learn together. Thanks Anita Chan, Cecilia, .. Impressive and encouraging.

Also thank those on Zoom like my DBA learning partner Fareeda Cassumbhoy. Hope all of you got some inspiration from my talk and at the same time enjoying your favorite wine at home in Friday night.

Today’s talk was a CUHK EMBA Sample class organized by our EMBA directors Pong Yuen, Howard LamChun So and their teammates. Thanks for their effort and the great learning attitude of our participants. Over 250 registrations for this session. Wow… we are back!

I asked every participant to drop down 3 words as tonight’s key takeaways. Words like #Data#Innovation#Customer#Urgency#Relevancy#Ecosystem#Platform, and more came out. I was impressed by how much they were inspired in only a little bit over 60 mins. Really appreciate their effort.

How about you? What are your three magic words on digital transformation?

Thank you to all and have a great weekend. Let’s get ready to celebrate Christmas Eve next week.

#DigitalTransformation
#CUHK #CUHKEMBA
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