Intro & CV

Tan Sri Dr. R Palan

I wanted to study Medicine, but I ended up gaining a degree in Chemistry and only worked briefly as a chemist. Later, I studied Medical & Psychiatric Social Work but never worked for long in the field. I then studied Psychology, again only to work briefly in the field. Finally, I studied Human Resources Management & Development, a field in which I ended up working all my life, as a training and consulting specialist. I am probably known much more as a training and an HR specialist than as an entrepreneur.

While it may seem that I was wandering pointlessly through several fields, I must emphasise that it is not true. Each of the fields taught me something. Chemistry taught me to think in a very analytical way; professional social work ingrained in me a deep caring for people, psychology taught me empathy and management taught me the art of getting things done with and through people.

As a training and consulting specialist, I learned the skills essential for running a professional services business, an experience that led me to author several books. Recognising the need to focus on nonlinear revenue streams and scalable business models, I moved into software development in the area of Human Resources Management & Development. I then moved into management and scaled up into corporate management. Many a time, I have been tempted to join the world of politics. Somehow, I have managed to ward of the temptation even though the world of connecting with people from various countries through diplomacy still remains something close to my heart.

Through all of my journey, at heart, I have remained committed to the ‘learning‘ business. My goals in life are to help people learn and perform and to ensure that everyone has access to affordable and quality learning. While I maybe an entrepreneur today, due to my background, I consider myself more as a ‘social entrepreneur,’ committed to helping the world become a better place for future generations.

The amusing thing is I am still recognised as a Training and Human Resources specialist which is probably due to the commitment that I have for people development.

I have been doing what I do consistently for a fairly long time. On my journey, I’ve balanced various roles: as a learner, teacher, trainer, adviser, speaker, writer, researcher and entrepreneur with a social zeal. I have been involved with many initiatives around the world, with the corporate world, community organisations, social and political organisations.

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