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better at L&D?
I'm writing this in a hotel in Warsaw, having
delivered a keynote yesterday about the
future of Learning and Development. Over
breakfast this morning with a colleague,
conversation fell to books.
It was a delight to swap our favourite recent
reads. For me, they included: Ben Macintyre's
The Spy and the Traitor (non-fiction), And
Suddenly You Find Yourself by Natalie Ann
Holborow (poetry) and any number of books
on L&D and business. I also picked up some
excellent recommendations to add to my own
We talk a lot about how flows of data have
exploded in the internet age, but very little
about what makes up that data. A film has a
data footprint measured in gigabytes or more,
while a book will take up no more than a few
kilobytes in electronic format. This makes
books, I'm convinced, the most informationdense medium known to humanity.
Not only do they contain a lot of information in
a small amount of data, well-written books
can also provide a wonderful depth of context,
so much so that across a wide range of
potential activities for self-improvement, I
believe reading (books, magazines and
research in particular) is probably the best use
any L&D professional can make of their time.
And there's something else: the tremendous
pleasure to be had in becoming completely
absorbed in reading.
Want to be a better L&D professional? Pick up
some reading today.
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Donald H Taylor
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