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Book Capsules, October 2020

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Birds of All Feathers: Doing Diversity and Inclusion Right
Michael Bach
Page Two, 224 pp., $15.95

From the book's metaphorically tinged title to the ensuing bird humor throughout, Bach presents diversity and inclusion in a highly palatable fashion. Those who have a role in shaping organizational D&I strategies and employers who seek to create more inclusive workspaces are Bach's intended audiences. Understanding that most people consider organizational support of D&I initiatives the right thing to do, he challenges readers to dive deeper and discover the why behind it all. Bach weaves personal experiences with research and foundational information that could help organization-wide D&I efforts soar.


Hyper-Learning: How to Adapt to the Speed of Change
Edward D. Hess
Berrett-Koehler, 288 pp., $27.99

Hess shares his take on hyper-learning, defining it as continual learning, unlearning, and relearning. He posits that it is necessary to keep up with change and to stay relevant in the digital age. The first half of the book focuses on creating a hyper-learning mindset, choosing and embracing the relevant behaviors, and adopting daily hyper-learning practices. For the second half, Hess focuses on how to humanize the workplace to optimize this learning method. His workbook approach—complete with chapters designed for active learning with reflection and activity prompts—makes this exploration of the topic an interactive and enlightening experience.

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The Association for Talent Development (ATD) is a professional membership organization supporting those who develop the knowledge and skills of employees in organizations around the world. The ATD Staff, along with a worldwide network of volunteers work to empower professionals to develop talent in the workplace.

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