“The time is always right to do what is right” – Dr Martin Luther King Jr

8 August 2021

Two years ago this time I left a company where I served for 13 years. I learned leadership nuggets from local and global leaders. I went through the entire cycle of the executive search process that I gained experience in helping organizations and individuals find the right fit for each other. What’s more fulfilling is to see organizational growth under the right leadership; and individual success in the right workplace. It’s beyond revenue achievement and career development.

Last year this time I left a company where I held a regional leadership position for its business expansion in Asia. In a start-up environment, I had oversight of sales, marketing, operations, people, and finance. I gained an insight into how a business should be run while facing Covid-19. I learned about making tough decisions and be assertive during trying times. What’s more meaningful is to prioritize personal well-being more than career achievement when health is affected.

I had a good 3 months break between these two jobs. As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr says, “The time is always right to do what is right.” While I was pursuing my coaching certification program, I founded Chat Point with the idea of creating a safe environment for strategic conversations. On a personal note, I was able to spend a lot of time with my father before his sudden departure on the first day of my new job. It’s a reminder about the importance of family. After accomplishing my mandates with the start-up, I left to focus on coaching. At the same time, I completed my lay counselling program. I also completed two leadership programs at both national and international levels while I was appointed to be a treasurer of an NGO. I was also part of an organizing committee and Zoom digital team for virtual programs.

It’s been a year since I became a member of ICF. I have learned so much through some of the great projects initiated by ICF Malaysia. I wouldn’t have the experience of assigning 97 breakout rooms during International Coaching Week 2021; I wouldn’t have the opportunity to polish my Bahasa and Mandarin for coaching, and I wouldn’t have come across so many professional coaches. Today, August is the start of my new role as ICF Malaysia’s membership director.

In March, I was engaged by a global talent mobility company to support clients with career transitions and talent development needs. This is meaningful as I work with candidates to help them see the possibilities in their careers. I thought I might have less work as compared to my full-time job. God opens new doors. He has been gracious. I don’t feel lonely as a solopreneur. It’s been fulfilling as I get to work with many great people for a great purpose despite different channels. I’m glad that I can learn and serve in different capacities so that I can inspire, improve and impact others.

What is your purpose in this season? How strong is your sense of purpose?

Fennie Chong, ACC

fennie.chong@gmail.com

Fennie is a career and executive coach. Her coaching focuses on realizing one's potential and strengths to help fulfill their career ambitions. Naturally, she is curious about people, their motivation, thoughts, and feelings. Through coaching, she helps people gain clarity, confidence, and competence. Her vision is to inspire change, improve…read more

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