Our Recommended Christmas Reading 2016

by | Dec 12, 2016 | Articles | 0 comments

Here are some last minute stocking fillers penned by our wonderful Towards Maturity Supporters for all L&D professionals looking to push the boundaries in 2017. Feel free to share!

Performance-Focused Smile Sheets: A Radical
Will Thalheimer 

In this book, Will Thalheimer carefully builds the case for a new methodology in smile-sheet design and shows how to write better questions, more focused on performance and how to deploy smile sheets to our learners to get valid feedback.

Find out more or buy this book

 

Turning Learning into Action: A Proven Methodology for Effective Transfer of Learning
Emma Weber

With standard training approaches, less than 20% of learning is transferred back into the workplace and used to deliver positive business results. In this book Emma gives a new, step by step methodology as a proven solution to this problem.

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Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning
Peter Brown, Henry Roediger and Mark Mcdaniel

Recommended by Donald Clark, this book is a great resource for L&D professionals needing to get back to basics. Drawing on recent discoveries in cognitive psychology and other disciplines, the authors offer concrete techniques for becoming more productive learners.

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Black Box Thinking: Marginal Gains and the Secrets of High Performance
Matthew Syed

Recommended by Harold Jarche; Black Box Thinking is a new approach to high performance, a means of finding an edge in a complex and fast-changing world. Drawing on case studies, real-world examples and cutting-edge research on marginal gains, Matthew Syed tells the inside story of how success really happens – and how we cannot grow unless we are prepared to learn from our mistakes.

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Building Leadership Development Programmes: Zero-Cost to High-Investment Programmes that Work
Nigel Paine 

New out – in this book Nigel Paine details case studies from around the world that offer unique insights into the process of building effective leadership development, looking at a range of approaches from almost zero cost options to high end investment that actually works.

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More than Blended Learning: Creating world-class learning interventions
Clive Shepherd

A classic that keeps on giving by Clive Shepherd! One for all you instructional designers and learning leaders who know that there is more to blended learning than an eLearning classroom sandwich. Clive takes you through how to prepare a great experience that has lasting impact on behaviour and attitude. The models are easy to follow and the practical case studies bring it all to life!

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70:20:10 – Towards 100% Performance
Charles Jennings, Jos Arets and Vivien Heijnen

70:20:10 requires a change in mindset, because instead of relying solely on learning, it shifts the emphasis towards performing. It highlights the original purpose of the human resources development profession, which is to help people and organisations to perform better.

This doesn’t happen on its own. The paradigm shift requires L&D professionals to adopt a new set of roles, because if you keep on with business as usual, of course nothing will change.

This book is about how you can improve the performance of people and organisations by using 70:20:10, and how it changes the role of the L&D professional.

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Unlocking Potential: Releasing the potential of the business and its people through learning
Towards Maturity

Finally, if you haven’t seen our landmark report yet, this is a must-read. And it’s free!

Using data collected from over 600 L&D leaders and 5,000 learners from around the globe, Unlocking Potential is full of success tactics used by top performing L&D teams, highlighting strategies that L&D professionals can use to gain business buy-in and deliver results.

Download it for free

 

Do you have any Christmas reading suggestions? Let us know in our LinkedIn community, New Learning Benchmarks

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