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ATD's Handbook for Training and Talent Development

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Now in its third edition and grounded by the Talent Development Capability Model, ATD’s Handbook for Training and Talent Development offers an up-to-date view of the growing roles of talent development professionals, our changing world of work, and the critical need for business alignment.

Edited by Elaine Biech, the third edition is divided into eight sections comprising 57 chapters authored by 100 expert practitioners—the brightest thinkers in the field—who share foundational and advanced perspectives and information. The handbook offers an in-depth exploration into growing professional expertise and personal skills, virtual learning and remote work, trends affecting TD, managing organizational and career change, growing roles in TD, and understanding organizational impact and business alignment. Ninety online tools are available to download, and there is also a glossary and references.

A Who’s Who of Talent Development Experts and Leaders


Section I: The Foundations of Learning and Development: Tacy Byham
Contributors: Lorrie Lykins • Becky Pike Pluth • Jonathan Halls • Preethi Anand

Section II: Planning a Career in Talent Development: Beverly Kaye
Contributors: Morgean Hirt • Rich Douglas • Catherine Lombardozzi • Ryan Gottfredson • Travis Waugh • Jean Greaves

Section III: Training and Development Basics: Bob Pike
Contributors: Angel Green • Ingrid Guerra-Lopez • Sharon Boller • Brian Washburn • Crystal Kadakia and Lisa Owens • Hadiya Nuriddin • Mhairi Campbell • Nancy Duarte • Jeff Davenport • Jim Kirkpatrick • Wendy Kirkpatrick • Jack Phillips • Patti Phillips

Section IV: Enhancing and Supporting Talent Development: Elliott Masie
Contributors: George Hall • Jennifer Hofmann • Maureen Orey • Emma Weber • Diane Elkins • Cindy Huggett • Cindy Clay

Section V: Required Forward-Focused Proficiencies and Attitudes: Rita Bailey
Contributors: Wendy Gates Corbett • David Macon • Greg Owen-Boger • Dale Ludwig • Michael Wilkenson • Dianna Booher • Maria Morukian • Alex Adamopoulos • JD Dillon

Section VI: Expanded Roles of Talent Development: Kimo Kippen
Contributors: Wendy Axelrod • Barbara Goretsky • Halelly Azulay • Jenn Labin • Laura Francis • Kim Barnes • Bev Scott • Andrew Sobol • Tammy Bjelland • Lou Russell

Section VII: Aligning the Learning Function to the Organization: Ken Blanchard
Contributors: Jack Zenger • Joe Folkman • William Rothwell • Angela Stopper • Aileen Zaballero • Jim Kouzes • Barry Posner • Kevin Cope • Norma Dávila • Wanda Piña-Ramírez • David Vance • Emily Wood

Section VIII: Talent Development’s Role for Future Success: John Coné
Contributors: Holly Burkett • Tonya Wilson • Andy Trainor • Dave Forman • Christie Ward • Jennifer Stanford • Karl Kapp • Jessica Briskin • Larry Wolf

Book Details

  • ISBN: 9781953946348

  • Pages: 960

  • Publication Date: May 2022

  • Formats: Hardcover, PDF

  • Product Code: 112206

About the Authors
Elaine Biech, CPTD Fellow

Elaine Biech, CPTD fellow, believes excellence isn’t optional. Her passion is helping others achieve their passion. She specializes in maximizing individual, team, and organizational effectiveness using her expertise in OD, training, and consulting. Elaine has designed and delivered thousands of training courses and apps. Highlights of her career include designing and implementing the first process improvement programs for the Newport News Shipbuilding Company and McDonalds; designing and facilitating the first creativity program for Hershey Chocolate; and facilitating one of the world’s first virtual training sessions in 1985 for NASA.

Elaine’s been called a titan of the training industry and has published 89 books, including The Art & Science of Training, which was a Washington Post number 1 bestseller. She has presented for 38 consecutive years at ATD’s International Conference & EXPO, and has been featured in dozens of publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Management Update, the Washington Post, and Fortune.

Elaine has been active with ATD since 1982—she’s served on the national board of directors, designed ATD’s first training certificate program, was ATD’s inaugural CPTD Fellow designee, and most recently was the principal author of ATD’s TDBoK Guide™. A talent development thought leader, Elaine was the recipient of ATD’s 1992 Torch Award, 2004 Volunteer-Staff Partnership Award, 2006 Bliss Memorial Award, and the 2020 Distinguished Contribution to Talent Development Award. In addition, she was the recipient of ISA’s 2001 Spirit Award, 2012 Outstanding Contributor Award, and 2022 Thought Leader Award. She was also the recipient of Wisconsin’s Women’s Mentor Award and sponsors several scholarship funds. Elaine currently serves on the board of directors for ISA, the Association of Learning Providers, and the board of governors for the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL).

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Tools for Section I. Learning and Development Basics


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Tools for Section II. Planning a Career in Talent Development


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Tools for Section III. Training and Development Basics


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Tools for Section IV. Enhancing and Supporting Talent Development


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Tools for Section V. Required Forward-Focused Proficiencies and Attitudes


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Tools for Section VI. Expanded Roles of Talent Development


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Tools for Section VII. Aligning the Learning Function to the Organization


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Tools for Section VIII. Talent Development's Role for Future Success


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Audiobook Companion File


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E-Learning Design Document Template-1


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