“The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice”. I am a social worker by profession, specialising in health care management and social enterprises. I decided to join the CUHK EMBA programme due to its special features in nurturing top-notch management talent in senior executives facing rising managerial complexity in the global environment. One of its pillars is “social contribution,” which encourages business leaders to work towards the betterment of our society. I can make the most of my social work background to help develop the realm of social and business integration.
New York is a “melting pot” of diverse cultures, where I spent a few years for graduate studies. My EMBA life at CUHK is also a “melting pot” of diverse professions. I learn from top distinguished professors and have built a strong network with my classmates, who are outstanding elites from different professions. It was also an unforgettable experience that our marketing project for a social enterprise was selected for the live broadcast of the RTHK programme “New Thinking in Management”. I was one of the hosts of the programme and interviewed the CEO of a social enterprise in our project.
My global knowledge has been further strengthened by my participation in the “Greater China EMBA Elite Study Week” in Taiwan, where I met with other EMBA students from Peking University and National Taiwan University; as well as in the 5-day intensive programme on leadership training at the Judge Business School of the University of Cambridge.
Learning is a journey, not a destination. My learning on the EMBA programme of CUHK is the high road to pride, self-esteem, and self-enhancement. To maximise our learning, we need to attend both Saturday and Sunday classes every two weeks. I am proud of my choice and have a high level of self-actualisation. As Margaret Thatcher said “Happiness is not doing nothing. Happiness is to be overloaded the whole day, become exhausted by the evening and realise you did something worthy.”
Life is the compelling zest of high adventure. To be an outstanding and transformational leader, we need to make a lifelong attempt to acquire practical wisdom: “It is just like riding a bicycle – in order to keep balanced, you must keep moving.”