Newsletter No. 538

赖汉荣 博士于马来西亚土生土长,曾在亚洲和美国等地留学,来港于大学讲授国际与亚洲商业和管理,至今近廿 载。2018年,他获颁博文教学奖,为从教以来第九个教学奖誉。今期《中大通讯》邀得这位学生眼中的「良师益友」 畅谈对教育的热爱、广结人脉的诀窍,以及钟情邱吉尔的原因。 Born and raised in Malaysia, Dr. John Lai began teaching international and Asian business and management in Hong Kong after years of study in Asia and the US. On being awarded the University Education Award in 2018—the ninth accolade in his two-decade teaching career, he spoke with CUHK Newsletter about his passion for teaching, the importance of networking—and his particular fondness for Winston Churchill. 你的教学深受学生欢迎,可否谈谈最注重培养学生什么态度? 我认为出来做事讲求的专业精神和良好工作态度需要在学 校培养起来。其中一样是守时,因为这是对人基本的尊重。 对自己的学习负责也是我所重视的。我要求他们上课专心致 志、全情投入,用心聆听且不断反思所学。没有比在进入职 场前培养好专业精神和良好习惯更重要的事情了。 为何如此热衷教育? 一切源自十七岁那年。一晚我躺在床上,仰望天花,突然意 识到自己的梦想是在大学教书,向学生言传身教。我希望 能与人真切交流、建立深醇真挚的关系,互相启发,相得益 彰。最近,一位交流生传来一句名人隽语:「庸师说教、良师 解惑、明师演示、大师启发。」这正是我一直以来追求的目 标—导引和启发学生,继而点亮他们的人生,这给我最大 不过的满足感。 教育上有哪位楷模? 我的两位同事—两年前荣休的 范建强 教授,以及 牧野成史 教授引领我涉足教育行政,在制度上推陈出新。范教授亲身 演绎优秀的行政离不开信任和自主;牧野教授则鼓励我放 怀跨步,怀着雄豪之志「开创新局」。 如何做到与学生和校友均保持紧密联系? 广结善缘、与人建立诚挚关系需付出时间和心力,但一切 都值得。我身处多至数不清的WhatsApp群组,藉此与学生 和旧生们保持联系。我也常与他们畅叙,互道工作和生活近 况。他们给我的灵感和启发,我也会在上课时提及,让学生 参详汲养。 你强调学习旨趣在于顺性和发现自我,而非名利和权力的追 逐。这好像与大众眼中的商学教育背道而驰? 商学教育以至教育本身的精神是鼓励学生反思和明了自己 的人生志向。名、利、权有份定义我们的人生,但自我发现却 是无比珍贵的历练过程—它让我们在生命各方面都有所 长进,稳步迈向成功。说到底,做自己热爱的事相当重要,这 样我们才可每日愉悦起床,迎接新挑战,从中学习和成长。 你对满有潜力成为未来企业家的学生有何寄语? 世途多艰,并不会对人有所迁就或怜悯。但「踏出舒适区,生 命才真正开始」,勇于适应、变通和接受挑战,人生才更见精 采。失败乃常事,但只要记取教训,愈挫愈强,自能坐看云 起,收获丰盛。肯德基创办人哈兰·桑德斯和特斯拉之父伊 隆·马斯克都是经历无数挫败才成功的。 你书架上有全套邱吉尔的《第二次世界大战回忆录》,你爱读 政治书籍吗? 我热爱阅读,对各种科目和题材都有兴趣。政治与商业密 不可分,与我任教的国际和亚洲商业更是关系千丝万缕。 我仰慕政治家的才识和手腕,探求他们使国家走向强大之 道。他们的领导才能和感召众人的人格魅力很值得领袖和 教育家借镜学习。当然,他们雄辩滔滔、文采风流,读来已 滋味无穷。 Dr. John Lai — u — 管理学系 Department of Management — u — 管理学理学硕士课程联席主任 Co-director of Master of Science in Management programme 08 # 5 3 8 | 1 9 . 0 5 . 2 0 1 9 口 谈 实 录 / V iva V oce Appreciation for your teaching is well captured in the minds and hearts of students. What are some of the principles you preach? I believe in reinforcing workplace professionalism and developing good work attitude. One thing that springs to mind is my insistence in inspiring habits of punctuality, which translate as an outward representation of respect for others. Taking responsibility for their own learning is another of my core values. Students should be focused and engaged in class, ready to listen and constantly reflect on the knowledge that is imparted. It is of utmost importance to develop good workplace habits and professionalism before entering the workforce. Why are you so passionate about education? My passion was ignited when I was around 17. I was lying in bed, looking up at the ceiling when I realized I wanted to teach in university and impart my knowledge to students. I wish to inspire and be inspired through the meaningful conversations I have and relationships I develop with people. Recently, an exchange student sent me a quote, ‘The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.’ This quote aligns with what I’ve always aimed to do. To me there is no greater satisfaction than to teach, inspire and make a difference in someone’s life. Do you have any role models in education? My two colleagues, Prof. Dennis Fan who retired two years ago, and Prof. Shige Makino have inspired my move from teaching to administration. Dennis exemplifies how the core values of trust and autonomy are the soul of good administration, while Shige emboldened me to step forward and ‘make a difference’. You have close ties with students and alumni. Can you share some of the keys to success in this area? I believe in developing meaningful relationships and close acquaintances. With that in mind, I try to stay in close touch with alumni and current students even if it means having many WhatsApp contacts and groups. I truly treasure these relationships and try to get together with them once in a while to see how they are doing at work and in life. I often receive a great deal of inspiration from them and channel that inspiration to my students in the classroom. Your emphasis on interest and the process of self-discovery rather than money, power and fame deviates from the supposed values of business education? The essence of business education and education in general is to encourage students to critically reflect and develop a better understanding of what they would like to do in life. Money, power and fame are not unimportant, as they define us to a certain extent. But the process of self- discovery is much more invaluable as it drives our constant improvement in any aspect of life, and success will follow. At the end of the day, following your passion is important as it makes us wake up every single day and throw ourselves at the different fun challenges ahead of us, while learning and growing in the process. Any advice for your students, the entrepreneurs-to-be? The world is full of challenges and will not make it comfortable for you. However, ‘Life starts at the end of your comfort zone’. Learning to adapt and taking on challenges will make your life more meaningful. Failing will likely be a norm, but it is learning to fail forward that is the key to a better life. Failures are merely lessons that teach us to come back stronger after every hit we take and to move forward in overcoming the challenges. Think about KFC founder Harland Sanders and Tesla’s Elon Musk. Success only emerges after repeated ‘lessons’. You have a whole set of Churchill’s The Second World War on your shelf. Are you a fan of political books? I am an avid reader and take an interest in a wide range of disciplines. Politics and business are closely intertwined, and the former relates to the subjects I teach—international and Asian business. I admire politicians’ tact and study how they make their countries great. Their leadership and ability to inspire people to work towards a common goal are examples we can all learn from to become leaders and educators. Their rhetoric, of course, is a pure joy to read. Amy L. Photo by ISO Staff

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