Learning & Development

6 Books Every L&D Professional Should Read

As an L&D professional, you’re more than likely always on the hunt for new and interesting information that will help you be better at your job and more valuable to your organization. Here are six books you’ll want to consider reading as soon as possible.


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Learning Technologies in the Workplace: How to Successfully Implement Learning Technologies in Organizations

This book is by Donald H. Taylor and was published in 2017. While many organizations turn to technology to answer many of their issues, they don’t always necessarily implement it in the right ways. And this book provides the reader with insight into the best ways to incorporate modern-day learning technologies into his or her existing organizations.
The book also offers real-life examples of organizations that have implemented learning technologies successfully, where all organizations have four common factors in common. Click here to learn more about the book, its author, and where you can buy it.

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

This book by Benedict Carey, published in 2014, focuses on how L&D professionals can unleash the power of their individual learners across their organizations. Carey covers important landmark studies to uncover the truth about how our brains really absorb and retain information.
It’s received almost four out of five stars on Goodreads and has received a lot of praise from psychologists and other professionals. Use the information in this book to really get inside your learners’ heads so you can develop material they will enjoy and retain.

An Everyone Culture: Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organization

This book, by Robert Kegan, Lisa Laskow Lahey, and others, published in 2016, is an essential read for those L&D professionals who are interested in creating a learning organization with intention.
If you’re invested in creating an organization where employees are engaged and deliberately invested, browse through case studies inside this book to gain insight into how you can produce results at your own organization. This book has also received over four out of five stars on Goodreads and wide acclaim in various industries.

Books by or About Notable CEOs

To gain insight into how some organizations became successful and the approaches and tactics used by their CEOs, read:

  • Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life without Losing Its Soul by Howard Schultz, published in 2011. Check it out on Goodreads.
  • Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder by Arianna Huffington, published in 2014. Check it out on Goodreads.
  • Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, published in 2011. Check it out on Goodreads.

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