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Wendy Tan, CSP

A near death experience in my thirties led me to see life differently. From a to-do list person organising life in blocks of 15 minutes, I was forced to slow down to find alternatives to a fragmented life. In this journey, I discovered the ideas of wholeness. I drew from the wellsprings of Eastern philosophy and Western management science. I define wholeness as a sense of completeness within ourselves and the world around us. I conceptualised the ABC pathways towards wholeness – Anchoring, Balancing and Clearing. To share these ideas, I published my book, Wholeness in a Disruptive World: Pearls of Wisdom from East and West. Then I realised, a book, like a baby, needs nurturing, so I learnt keynote speaking to share these ideas on large platforms.

To date, I have shared these ideas with thousands of people. My book is also a recommended reading in organisational change masters programs in the USA. I have also become a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), a designation conferred by the National Speakers Association as the international measure of professional platform competence. I love to connect with my audience, even through Zoom or Teams screens. My speaking style is authentic, inspiring and thought-provoking. I love it, in the course of my keynotes, people have a new balloon of thinking pop up in their mind, see a different possibility and are inspired to act, so they thrive and contribute in their work and lives.

With wholeness as a foundation, my curiosity shifted to learning. I ask myself, “In times when machines are getting smarter and faster, what about human beings? How are we learning?” This led me to return to my first love, psychology, a doctoral program with the Nanyang Technological University. Not only was I researching on learning, I am the experimental subject in learning as I sat through hours of, let’s just say, stimulating statistical analyses lectures. I proudly tell my children that I have 5As out of 6 subjects. More importantly, I found the levers of learning agility – Motivation, Attitudes, Process and Workplace learning conditions and have published some of my findings in TD, Human Resources, OD Practitioner, with another book in the works.

As an entrepreneur, I seek to build the next generation learning ecosystem to help professionals thrive in the future of work. I am grateful my work has won the InnovPlus Spark and HRO Today Thought Leadership Awards. People ask me how I can be a PhD student, grow my business in Flame Centre, be a mother for three school-going children and contribute to various causes. The simple answer is wholeness, it continues to be a foundation for my life to thrive in today’s disruptive world. And also a love of learning with a sense of purpose to contribute to the problems confronting the world in today’s uncertain times.

Look forward to partnering with you!

Latest Articles


Guess…which is the strongest workplace learning condition?

Published on 11/04/2021 under Leadership, Organisation Development, Peak Performance

Guess…which is the strongest workplace learning condition? Having a manager who coaches and gives feedback Being in a team that shares resources and challenges ideas A Learning-rich job that compels you to do new things Organization factors such as access to learning resources The strongest workplace learning predictor to learning and growth is a learning-rich […]


Beyond 70/20/10: Accelerated Learning Process

Published on 11/04/2021 under Leadership, Organisation Development, Peak Performance

Beyond 70/20/10 Those in the learning world take 70/20/10 as a gospel; to learn a skill and pick activities that help you learn from: 1. Experience 70% – e.g., projects at work 2. Exposure 20% – e.g., mentors & experts 3. Education 10% – e.g., degrees and courses My contention is these learning activities do […]


Developing Whole Woman Leaders

Published on 11/29/2017 under Health/Wellness, Leadership, Personal Development,

It is a known fact that we have fewer woman leaders at work. Many organizations in Singapore respond by promoting diversity and having women leadership programs. However, it’s women themselves who decide if they want to step up. I interviewed women leaders for my book, “Wholeness in a Disruptive World: Pearls of Wisdom from East […]


White Paper: Organizational Learning as a Strategic Lever in Disruptive Change


Article published in TD: Skills Mastery in 4 Steps


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