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ATD's Best On Series
The Best On Series is designed for today's busy professional who needs a condensed resource to guide them through the highlights and cornerstones of a particular topic. Each "Best On" volume is a collection of ASTD book chapters, Infolines, research report excerpts, T+D magazine articles, and blog articles, threaded together with expert commentary to deliver an insightful and linear reference piece. Each "Best On" book is delivered electronically upon check-out.
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    ATD's Best on Case Studies

    ATD’s Best On Case Studies includes two full-length case studies, which feature interviews, photos, and detailed program descriptions. It also offers discussion questions for both case studies, which can help talent development leaders apply the lessons learned in their own organizations. The questions are also a valuable tool for faculty and students studying talent development. The collection also provides top lessons for talent development leaders from Accenture’s chief learning officer.

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    ATD's Best on Science of Learning

    As talent development professionals, understanding how adults learn and retain information is crucial. Following scientific and research-based practices not only ensures we are creating the best possible outcomes for learners, it also gives credibility to the learning function.

    The 16 selections from books, TD at Work and Infoline issues, and TD magazine articles included here cover a range of topics related to the science of learning—from foundational models to increasing retention to results-based evaluation.

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    ATD's Best On Coaching

    Coaching is widely misunderstood, often mistakenly equated with mentoring. There are thousands of books, articles, and courses offering suggestions about the best ways to coach people, filled with forms, assessments, step-by-step programs, surveys, and feedback processes.

    These are all valuable resources, but the key to coaching is understanding that the focus is on helping people develop expertise and confidence as a facilitator. This publication is for talent development professionals who manage the learning function, internal coaches and consultants, subject matter experts, and individuals interested in establishing a coaching culture in their organization.

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    ATD's Best On Innovation

    Leaders need to set the tone for developing and maintaining an innovative culture within their organizations and are expected to lead by example. Having an innovative mindset and being an innovative leader is vital for talent development.

    In this Best on Innovation, readers will learn about innovation and why it is a critical component to an organization’s bottom line. The 17 selections from T+D articles, ATD books, and one Infoline issue focus on four key aspects of innovation: developing innovative cultures in organizations, fostering innovation in individuals, promoting leadership in innovation, and promoting innovation in teams and communities.

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    ASTD's Best On Change Management

    In the ever-evolving business world, change is becoming the new normal. Businesses are constantly reinventing themselves, job descriptions are being rewritten, titles are changing—the list goes on and on. But sometimes a change that is intended to save or rejuvenate a business, leads not to success, but utter collapse. The number one reason? A poor change management plan (or lack of one altogether).

    Having a well-thought-out road map for change dramatically increases the chance that a change initiative will be successful. Good change efforts take time, research, and a lot of planning. There's no one right way to do it, but there are many resources available for creating the change initiative that is right for you and your business. ASTD's Best On Change Management will help you on your way.

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    ASTD's Best on Talent Management

    ASTD’s Best On Talent Management is a compilation of the most popular T+D articles, Infoline issues, and book chapters in the talent management space. A robust talent management strategy is vital for today’s workforce, and this bundle of leading content will show you how to make talent the business of your organization. Learn the definition of integrated talent management and how to implement initiatives at both the strategic and operational levels. Next, read about specific talent management functions, including onboarding, engagement, and retention. Finally, peruse a variety of case studies from organizations such as 3M, Mercer, and Cisco, which illustrate best practices and lessons learned.

    ASTD’s Best On Talent Management is a compilation of the most popular T+D articles, Infoline issues,and book chapters in the talent management space. A robust talent management strategy is vital for today’s workforce, and this bundle of leading content will show you how to make talent the business of your organization

  • ASTD's Best On Career Development

    Career development starts at the beginning: What degrees should you pursue to better your chances to enter your dream job’s field? What should you put into your portfolio? What should you do in an interview? Career development doesn’t stop after you’ve been offered the job. Between yearly evaluations, promotions, and the day-to-day grind, you’ll need to constantly prove your value to your organization. By creating a personal brand and leveraging your strengths, you’ll be primed to move through your career trajectory. For Organizations, encouraging career development not only helps keep people in their jobs, it also keeps them happy.

    ASTD's Best On Career Development is a collection of 14 selections from ASTD books, Infoline issues, and T+D articles geared toward furthering your professional development and that of your employees. It will help you understand how to get where you want in your career, how to stay there, and how to continue to grow professionally.

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    ASTD's Best On Measuring & Evaluating Learning Volume 2

    “How do we know it worked and gave us the desired results?” It’s a question that remains evergreen for trainers, no matter how advanced the field becomes or how many quality standards, scorecards, and methodologies we invent or reinvent. Measurement is a training professional’s best friend—from needs assessments where we identify critical gaps in results, to knowledge tests when we verify that that supposedly “sticky” learning module really was just that.

    This is the Second Volume of ASTD's Best On Measurement & Evaluation collection custom designed for sharpening and refreshing your measurement and evaluation skillset. Like the first volume (2012), this collection is filled with examples, activities, and all the how-tos you need to prove the value of training and training results on the job. You’ll find pages of basic steps for designing surveys that actually provide data you can use, measuring in the face of time and cost constraints, collecting needs assessment data, writing and scoring knowledge exams, and mastering the multiple choice question. And as with all the Best On collections, you can read it from front to back, or start wherever you like!

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    ASTD's Best On Informal Learning

    This installation of ASTD’s Best On series collects our best content related to the area of informal learning. Informal learning reflects the way people naturally learn from one another and use knowledge and tools at their disposal to find answers for themselves. Informal learning has always been a part of workplace learning and development. And the more we understand informal learning as a community, the more it will become a meaningful component of learning strategy, regardless of industry, geography, or company size.

    This collection includes key book chapters, articles, and Infoline editions on how to design, measure, and support informal learning. And as always, you can read the Best On series in the way that best suits your learning needs—read it from front to back, or start wherever you like.

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    ASTD's Best On Measuring and Evaluating Learning

    Learning and development professionals today are constantly asked to prove the value of any training program – whether it’s to implement a brand new program, or to justify the continuance of a longstanding one. Here, you’ll find the basics about evaluation (such as Kirkpatrick’s four levels), a the discussion into measuring return-on-investment (ROI), and also the unique perspective of what CEOs are interested in when it comes to measuring and evaluating training programs.

    This collection includes an extensive library of examples, ideas for different activities, and all the how-tos and methods you need to prove the value of training and training results on the job.

  • ASTD's Best On Delivering Training

    This collection contains specially selected content from a number for resources including books, Infoline, T+D magazine, Learning Circuits, as well as research reports.

    The chapters and articles presented here include explanations, tips, and advice on the following: developing quality online learning courses, using technology to organize your learning content, launching the use of social media within your organization, operating your business within a virtual world, and delivering learning via smartphones and the mobile web, among many more.

  • ASTD's Best On Learning Technology

    This collection contains specially selected content from a number for resources including books, Infoline, T+D magazine, Learning Circuits, as well as research reports.

    The chapters and articles presented here include explanations, tips, and advice on the following: developing quality online learning courses, using technology to organize your learning content, launching the use of social media within your organization, operating your business within a virtual world, and delivering learning via smartphones and the mobile web, among many more.

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