Welcome to issue #51!

Long time no book recommendations. I took some time this week to put together a list of books I think every L&D should explore. You can find them
here, together with recommendations from some of you (thank you for engaging, btw).

In addition, two other lists found their way to my LinkedIn wall this week:

  • Adam Grant made an amazing list of leadership books you can explore this summer. I already had How to Change on my reading list, but the other ones seem amazing as well;
  • Maria Campbell started this article with the premise that the fun in working in a People function is the diversity of fields you encounter. And the cool thing is that it goes on with recommending development opportunities and books you can explore.

Enjoy and read on,

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Since organizations are changing at an amazing rate, the skill of learning new things is invaluable. But what are some things that people do who can learn new skills? The answer Mckinsey came up with after consulting clients' practices and available research is intentional learning: a combination of growth mindset, curiosity, setting small, concrete goals, and 4 other skills I'll let you discover by yourself.
Years ago, when I first learned about the 4Ps (Product, Price, Placement, Promotion) while learning about basic Marketing strategies, I had no idea I would come to explore them for L&D purposes. Here's how Ashley Sinclair thinks we can apply the 4Ps to learning.
We've explored, strengthen, and put to use many skills during 2020, but the one that got us through was resilience. This article talks about organizational resilience as support of growth and getting through challenges, behaviors attached to it, and ways you can build resilience organizations.
This is definitely worth sharing with everyone in your organization. It touches so many interesting ideas, such as what is a learning project, why you should focus on one project at a time, how to make learning frictionless, making learning relevant for your life, and so many others I find both useful and inspiring.
Earlier this week, Humu hosted another interesting event where Laszlo Bock, Will Doolittle, and Sophie Alpert talked about how they are working to set teams up for hybrid success via customized learning experiences.
Probably many of you are already familiar with Barbara Oakley's course Learning how to learn. The sequel, Mindshift, isn't as popular, but it is definitely as interesting as the first one. This is an infographic covering the key points of the course: using deliberate practice, active learning, mentors, meditation and others too boost your career. 
This NovoEd report explores what happened to learning initiatives in the past year, how L&D pros feel about the shift, and what will happen from now on. In my opinion, one of the most interesting parts of the report is the challenges listed, which we can think of as risks we should be able to mitigate.
Unfortunately, in the midst of the pandemic, a huge chunk of the workforce went through layoffs. One of the consequences is the expanding desire to reskill in new fields and jobs. This new BCG report goes through who was hurt by the pandemic, who fears automation, and people's learning preferences and attitudes towards new career paths.
If you're a data-driven company, DataCamp might already be in your resources portfolio. Earlier this month they took some time to talk about the L&D role in designing data training and fostering a data-driven culture.
I'm a sucker for research papers, so I really appreciated when Anamaria Dorgo shared a really valuable one this week with the L&D Shakers community. The most interesting finding she shared out of the research: "Taking time away from training and reallocating that time to deliberate learning efforts improved individual performance."
Already registered for this free nudges series from Humu and I can tell you they are really interesting. This series explores strategies for how to combat stress and feel better at work.
These researchers identified common factors helping (or hurting) employee effectiveness. Among them were (1) personal factors including mindsets and skills that the individual brings to the job and over which they have some control, (2) factors managed at an organizational level like managing rules, emotional intelligence, and leadership support.
Learning transfer is a challenge for everyone. This infographic explores the challenges of improving learning transfer and some ideas we can practice starting tomorrow to overcome them: (1) think in 3 phases, (2) use 3 strategies to reinforce learning, (3) involve 3 partners to boost accountability.
I guess this is the infographic week because here's another one. This time, related to microlearning. Although I would take everything with a grain of salt, these statistics boosted my curiosity about microlearning research. One I found interesting and I plan to further inquire: the average employee only has time to devote 1% of their working week to development.
In this episode of McKinsey Talks Talent, McKinsey talent experts Bryan Hancock and Bill Schaninger welcome economist and McKinsey partner Susan Lund to discuss the latest McKinsey Global Institute research on the trajectory of jobs, skills, and other workforce trends in the COVID-19 recovery.
Overheard on LinkedIn
"Lectures, information dump & knowledge test, in general content presentation, doesn’t lead to meaningful change in behavior in the absence of activity. Designed action and guided reflection, which looks a lot more like a lab or studio than a classroom, is what we want." 

- Clark Quinn
Visual of the week
Mixing learning methods to build a complete learning experience

Learning designers are kind of like cooks. We need to find the right mix of ingredients in our learning programs to make sure the final product helps our learners reach their potential.
Thanks to Jeff Schmidt, Letitia Stefan, Roi Ben-Yehuda, Robert Ogilvie, Susan Stocker, Joe Stubenrauch, Bas Debbink, Mark Punzal, Skylyr Slavens, Marc García Tamayo, Guy Wallace, and Kira Litvin for sharing Offbeat in the past week.

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