Contributors to the April 2020 issue of TD magazine offer their book recommendations.
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
The best part of my job is facilitating our team-based simulation events around the world, and the most interesting part of that opportunity is watching how people communicate, strategize, and make decisions under conditions of ambiguity. Thinking, Fast and Slow focuses on our two modes of thought: the fast, instinctive, and emotional; and the slower, more deliberative, and more logical. It will change the way you evaluate decisions and has the capacity to completely change the way you think.
Millennials, Goldfish & Other Training Misconceptions by Clark Quinn
Quinn debunks the learning myths that litter our profession. Are you up against someone who insists that you base your learning design on learning styles, left and right brain differences, or other popular misconceptions? This book explains the claims, the evidence, and what really works.
e-Learning and the Science of Instruction: Proven Guidelines for Consumers and Designers of Multimedia Learning, 4th Edition By Ruth C. Clark and Richard E. Mayer
The authors map principles of cognitive science to proven results in learning design, making clear even the most counter-intuitive best practices.
Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson
Anyone who loves the American spirit of working smarter, not just harder, will be inspired by this story of one of our greatest founders.
Make Your Bed and Sea Stories By Admiral William McCraven
Both of these books contain words of wisdom – how to think and how to behave – for anybody of any age about how to manage yourself and how to conduct yourself admirably in your working relationships up, down, sideways, and diagonal.