Contributors to the April 2022 issue of TD magazine offer their book recommendations.
Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else
by Geoff Colvin
This book centers on the concept of deliberate practice and how top performers excel in what they do—not because they are born with it but because of how they show up and practice outside of their comfort zone. For revenue teams, this is a crucial skill, because it is in the practice of the activities they dislike the most or those that they are not strong at that they will be able to generate better results.
Strengths Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams, and Why People Follow
A quarterback throws the ball and is not expected to catch it. This book highlights that that's the fundamental lesson most teams and departments still need to learn. What does that mean for talent development? Not everyone should be expected or trained in the same way and with the same content as everyone else.
The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work & What to Do About It by Michael E. Gerber
The book is written for small businesses, and every training department can be viewed as and operate as a small business unit for the organization. It’s critical to innovate, document, and orchestrate every aspect of the department.
Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief
by David Kessler
Given COVID-19, I found this book so timely because people have been grieving for so many reasons. It personally spoke to me because I have been searching for meaning from losses in my life.