Top 10 Picks of 2021 for L&D professionals– Must Reads and Must Listens

Top 10 Picks of 2021 for L&D professionals– Must Reads and Must Listens

Hungry for knowledge that will up your game in 2021? We’ve compiled a list of 10 must-see resources for L&D professionals: 

Blended Learning (What Works in Talent Development) 

Learning expert Jennifer Hofmann delves into the latest adult learning studies and combines her findings to create a unique collaborative learning approach. This ATD Press published book focuses on time-tested practices that will deliver strong results. Ms Hofmann gives pro-tips, resources and tools to help you locate concepts and implement a blended learning strategy. 


Association For Talent Development 

The ATD YouTube channel features a range of short, professional interviews with experts in the L&D industry. The videos rarely run longer than 5-minutes, allowing you to get quick information bites whenever you need them.


HR Leaders 

Learn from the leaders of the modern business world. This YouTube channel is an excellent resource for learning professionals. With a broad library, the channel covers an array of topics in HR and L&D departments. HR Leaders go in-depth on several interesting tops with interviews lasting up to an hour. 


Fixing Feedback 

Feedback is an essential part of the workplace. No matter how good you are at your job, you will receive some feedback at some point. But, how we have been giving feedback could be wrong. Georgia Murch offers a practical guide to fixing feedback in the office. This book will help you identify useful feedback, how to properly take feedback on board and other critical communication skills to improve the efficiency of communication in the workplace. Following these tips can enhance your work capability and create a more effective and determined workforce.


The Learning & Development Podcast

Airing once a fortnight, this podcast is run by L&D professionals, for L&D professionals. Host David James discusses the most current topics in the profession and brings in a list of guests to help along the way. James has 20 years of industry experience and acted as Director of Talent, Learning & OD for The Walt Disney Company. 


Good Practice Podcast

Tune in to the Good Practice Podcast, which focuses on critical issues in L&D and HR industries. Learn about the most pressing and topical industry topics. Some of the topics already covered are evidence-based practice, the impact of technology, responsive eLearning and several more.

Beyond L&D 

This podcast/video series goes into how modern teams use enterprise learning to drive business performance. Several industry leaders make guest appearances to cover some of the most important lessons in L&D. As the name suggests, this podcast doesn’t spend time on the basics; it goes beyond and provides an in-depth discussion on important topics. 


Workplace Learning: How to Build a Culture of Continuous Employee Development 

As technology improves, we must capitalise on it and evolve with the learning landscape for us to build successful work cultures. This book is a comprehensive analysis of how L&D professionals must create a culture of workplace learning that encourages employees to develop constantly. Nigel Paine writes about the importance of moving away from traditional learning approaches and offers several new sharing and learning techniques.


How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens

Benedict Carey goes into our brains’ inner workings and how we absorb and retain information in different ways. He discovers that we learn at a rapid pace from the moment we are born; however, in our zeal, we have strayed away from instinctual and evolutionary learning techniques. Carey analyses the preconceived idea of learning that has been drilled into us since childhood and asks the question, “is there a better way to learn”? 


Leading Change 

Most of this list consists of pretty recent content, but we think every L&D professional should take time to read the revolutionary work of John Kotter. Kotter’s now-legendary eight-step process for managing change with positive results is a must-read for all professional leaders. Everyone knows Kotter’s famous lesson – “to make change, one must first acknowledge and understand the need for change”. If you haven’t read this business’ guide yet, you must pick up a copy. 


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