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L&D Professionals Play Vital Role in Organization Development


(Alexandria, VA) September 19, 2023—The Association for Talent Development (ATD) announces the publication of ATD’s Organization Development Handbook, the first resource to address the intersection of the learning and development (L&D) field with organization development (OD).

Organizations are increasingly asking L&D professionals to take on OD initiatives, for many reasons. Challenging economic times as well as times marked with disruption and change often result in organizations looking for ways to maximize the contributions and engagement of employees, streamline processes, improve efficiencies and effectiveness, and attract and retain talent. This is where the goals of both OD and TD professionals often align naturally and why it is critical that learning professionals understand the impact of their work through an OD lens.

Edited by L&D and OD authority Brian J. Flores, this volume brings together in-house experts and consultant contributors from the OD field, including those who crossed over from L&D to OD. It provides the foundation that every L&D professional should have in OD. Readers will learn how to apply organization development principles to their multiculturalism, upskilling and reskilling, soft skill development, and succession planning processes and programs.

L&D professionals can play a vital role in building organizational agility. When they understand what technical and workplace transformations the organization may have to undergo to keep pace with the competition, L&D professionals can ensure that members of the organization—including themselves—are ready to adapt, reskill, and assume new roles. L&D teams can enable their organizations to respond well to disruptions by managing change, leading skilling initiatives, and encouraging employees to adopt a growth mindset. They will not only better support OD colleagues and initiatives but can also directly improve their learning programs and initiatives with sound OD knowledge.



About the Editor
After a 13-year career focused on L&D in roles at Apple and Performics, Brian James Flores pivoted to organization development roles with Zoom, CommerceHub, and most recently Zebra Technologies, where he is a talent management and OD advisor. Brian drives results by leveraging his experience in L&D in his OD work. A sought-after thought leader, he enjoys speaking engagements at industry events and on media platforms.

About ATD Press
The Association for Talent Development (ATD) is the world’s largest association dedicated to those who develop talent in organizations. ATD’s members come from more than 120 countries and work in public and private organizations in every industry sector. ATD Press publications are written by industry thought leaders and offer anyone who works with adult learners the best practices, academic theory, and guidance necessary to move the profession forward. For more information, visit


ATD’s Organization Development Handbook
ISBN: 9781953946546 | 336 Pages | Paperback

To order books from ATD Press, call 800.628.2783.

For more information, please contact Kay Hechler, ATD Press senior marketing manager, at [email protected] or 703.683.8178.

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