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TD is ATD's award-winning monthly magazine that covers industry best practices, emerging technologies, and trends. It is available to ATD members as part of their dues, and by subscription as well as single-copy sales.

In addition to the printed magazine, TD is available to download on your mobile device via the ATD Publications app or view on your desktop browser.

In this issue

2017 BEST Awards

Building Talent: The Very BEST of 2017

Profiles of the 40 organizations honored with a 2017 Association for Talent Development BEST Award for using talent development as a strategic business tool to get results.

#1 BEST Award Winner: Western Union

The Relentless Pursuit of Better

Helping instill a bold, new corporate culture is a challenge for any learning organization. And that's before it transforms its own courseware catalog.


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Editor's Note

To be the BEST

In this annual issue of TD, which celebrates the Association for Talent Development's BEST Award winners, many words come to mind: finest, outstanding, first class, supreme, and second to none. Whichever descriptor you choose to use, there is no denying that these award winners excel above all others in their talent development initiatives.


A Well-Oiled Machine

Valvoline’s efficient and comprehensive talent development program helps employees move quickly up the career ladder.


A New Era Dawns for TD

Turning learning into a desirable brand was just one of IBM's goals as it set out to reinvent its learning organization.


From Service Provider to Business Partner

This multinational company's L&D team guided employees through a major change in how they do business with clients.


Taking the Transformation Reins

A long-established racing club is undergoing an organizational transformation so it can clear those high fences ahead.


A Certified Success

When this manufacturer launched an ambitious seven-year plan, the training and development team helped turn the vision into reality.


Learning in a Minute

Connecting with the Millennial learner requires a holistic approach that includes short and entertaining content accessible on mobile devices.


Internal Care

A robust in-house certification program and strong peer support makes for healthy, happy employees—and patients.


Learning Tailor-Made

How do you measure someone's passion for performance? Finding the answer is part of this company's independent learning initiative.


A Marathon, Not a Sprint

In a period of rapid growth, this manufacturer uses training and succession planning to sustain its momentum.

Web Exclusives

Change Is Like Lyft

Accept change because it'll take you to points further in your career.


Training Upgrade

Here's guidance for improving your training content and delivery.


Don't Evaluate the Garbage

Many learning programs focus on the numbers business leaders don't care about.



TD Pros See Safety Training as More Than Compliance

Banking on Customer Service

Word Wiz: Upskill

Backseat Bosses

Cool Tool: Google Course Builder

Don't Lose Out: Strategies for Developing Your Top Talent

What's Your Work Model Preference?

Keeping Pace With Change

Long View

Cynthia Clay

Cynthia Clay has trained, coached, and mentored hundreds of emerging leaders. In addition to serving as president of NetSpeed Learning Solutions, she is an author and speaker. Clay is known as an expert in integrating classroom and e-learning experiences.


Talent Development Goes Old-School

Apprenticeships are making a comeback to fill the U.S. skills shortage.


Take Your Leadership Training Home With You

Corporate training can be a win-win for leaders professionally and personally.


Making the Most of MOOCs

How to overcome common challenges of introducing massive open online courses to your learning portfolio.

Learning Blueprint

What the Best Leaders Do to Stimulate Growth and Performance

Conversations lead to engagement and satisfaction.


Personalization: The Next Big E-Learning Trend

Microlearning and cloud-based options also are predicted to trend upward.

Upward Bound

Explorer With a Penchant for E-Learning

Heidi Hess-Bynum has a passion for learning that has led her from teaching to training to e-learning.

Workplace Rx

Take My Pulse

How FICO improved its employee engagement score by replacing annual workforce surveys with quarterly pulse checks


Productivity Rules the New World

Reinventing Talent Management: Principles and Practices for the New World of Work by Edward E. Lawler III

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