The unofficial L&D Generous ‘Must Read Learning & Development Books List’ (as voted by you)

The L&D Generous Unofficial Essential Learning and Development Book List

The L&D Generous Unofficial Essential Learning and Development Book List

A big thank you to everyone that read, liked, and made recommendations in response to my ‘What are your top Learning & Development ‘Must Read’ Books?’ post last week.

Here, in no particular order, is the list (so far)…

  • ‘Level Up – Building the highest performance teams’ by Dr Pete Stebbins with Alistair Kerr (thank you for this recommendation Bronwyn Jones)
  • ‘The FISH! Philosophy’ by John Christensen (thank you for this recommendation Danielle Peters)
  • ‘Learning Conversations’ by Sheila Harri-Augstein and Laurie Thomas (thank you for this recommendation Doug Hawkins)
  • ‘The leadership pipeline’ by Ram Charan & Drotter (thank you for this recommendation Jinty Ainsworth)
  • ‘How we Learn’ by Benedict Carey (thank you for this recommendation Karen Dahlstrom)
  • ‘GRIT’ by Angela Duckwort (thank you for this recommendation Francine Paton)
  • ‘Tribal Leadership’ by Dave Logan, Halee Fischer-Wright, & John King (thank you for this recommendation Stephen Rutter)
  • ‘The Future of Professions’ by Susskins (thank you for this recommendation John Westgarth)
  • ‘The Five Dysfunctions of a Team’ – Lencioni (Greg Horne and for seconding that nomination Debra Kraft)

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Learning & Development Cartoon – The Training Binder…

Ok, it’s Friday, so it’s time for some light comic relief before we all break for the weekend.

Here’s a fantastic one from good-old Dilbert that I’m sure all Learning & Development people can relate to…

Learning and Development Cartoons - The Training Binder - L and D Generous

Thanks for reading – have a wonderful weekend and see you next week!

Cheers,

Sam

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About the Author:

Sam Russell is a self-confessed Learning & Development tragic. In his work-life, he’s a long-time Australian Learning & Development consultant who works with clients to design, develop and implement ‘end-to-end’ blended capability development solutions. He’s also a keynote speaker on topics including (but not limited to) ‘The future of  organisation learning’‘Simple strategies for maximising transfer of learning to behaviour’, and ‘Speaking C-Suitese, not L&Dese, to win L&D budget approval’.

To a hammer, everything looks like a nail, and to an L&D professional, everything looks like…

Life through the lens of an Learning and Development Professional - L and D Generous

To a hammer, everything looks like a nail…

Humans being what they are, we all tend to look at life through our own particular lens and interpret things accordingly. This, of course, is no different for Learning and Development professionals, indeed, if you’re anything like me, it seems like everything is seen through ‘L&D Eyes’.

Take my project car for example. I’m no rev-head but I’ve always wanted to fix-up a car, despite having precisely zero skills or experience to do so (you could say that I like a challenge!). Recently, I acquired a 44 year-old busted up jeep and then…well, what then!?!?!

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What are your top Learning & Development ‘Must Read’ Books?

Learning and Development Essential Reading - L and D Generous

My personal Learning & Development library…and, no, I’m afraid I haven’t read them all cover-to-cover!

So, I was in my car on the way to a client meeting the other day listening to the Good Practice podcast and thinking about what I was going to post about next.

I was tossing up between three or four topics that I’d had on my mind lately, one of which was about a ‘Learning and Development essential reading list’, when the conversation on the podcast turned to that very subject…if that’s not a sign, then I don’t know what is!

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Are your organisation’s managers a help or a hindrance with training?

Are your organisations managers a help or hindrance with training - LandD Generous

Whilst there’s clearly a number of factors that contribute to the success of a capability development initiative, in my experience, one of the key things that will ensure success or failure is the managers of the program participants.

If managers don’t see/understand the value of training, if they feel that they’re losing an important team member(s) for the duration of the training who’s needed to get a job done (and they have to pick up the slack), if they don’t understand what their team member(s) will be learning, why, and how it will positively impact on them and the team, and, perhaps most importantly, if they don’t understand and positively embrace the important role they play in coaching and mentoring their team member(s) pre and post training to help them prepare, and then transfer their new learning to their day-to-day work, then I’m afraid Learning & Development will find they have a VERY hard task achieving targeted learning outcomes.

For this reason, it’s essential to have a strategy to ensure that participants’ managers are on board, engaged, and understand their role/responsibility.

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Learning & Development Quote – Pele

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Inspiration via Learning & Development Related Quotes

Ok, I want to semi-regularly post a learning and development related quote to inspire you L&D people out there, or for you to use to inspire the people in your organisation to learn and build their capability.

To kick things off (if you’ll pardon the terrible pun), with the final of the 2018 Football/Soccer World Cup about to happen, I thought it would be appropriate to post a quote from one of the all-time-greats, Pele, who said…

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, study, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing, or learning to do”.

Wise words indeed!

Thanks, as always, for reading – please comment, like, follow, and/or share.

Cheers,

Sam 🙂

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About the Author:

Sam Russell is a self-confessed Learning & Development tragic. In his work-life, he’s a long-time Australian Learning & Development consultant who works with clients to design, develop and implement ‘end-to-end’ blended capability development solutions. He’s also a keynote speaker on topics including (but not limited to) ‘The future of  organisation learning’‘Simple strategies for maximising transfer of learning to behaviour’, and ‘Speaking C-Suitese, not L&Dese, to win L&D budget approval’.

You can contact him via this website or by email at LandDGenerous@yahoo.com or by phone on + 61 (0) 412 299 181.

Have you been to the World’s biggest L&D conference yet?

ATD - The World's Biggest Learning & Development Conference - L&D Generous

A quick confession…

Ok, before I get going on this article, I must fess-up and admit that I didn’t know anything about the ATD conference until David King at the awesome knowledge-sharing platform provider ‘Tribal Habits‘ told me about it, so this article is basically thanks to him…thanks David! 🙂

The Learning & Development Mecca

Ok, pretty much every group has their own ‘Mecca’. In soccer, it’s the (currently underway) World Cup, for hippies, it’s Burning Man, for kids, it’s Disney Land…and, for Learning & Development people, it would seem to be the annual ATD conference in the USA.

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