Future Proof Your Career

By John Fitzgerald

Future Proof Your Career is aimed at professional people working for organisations that are going through change. The author describes his audience as those who feel uncertain about their future – he asks, have you plateaued? Are you too busy to look up? Too stressed in your role? Too afraid to let go? Is it time for you to change direction, be more ambitious for your career, and succeed on your own terms?


This book is also a wake-up call for long-serving professionals – particularly those in their 40s and 50s, who, if they just keep doing what they are doing, think that they will make it to 60. Don’t get caught in "the gap between when you expect to finish working for your employer and when they decide it’s time for you to go, however talented you are.".




 A Brain For Business - A Brain For Life

By Shane O'Mara

Behaviour change is hard, but Shane O’Mara shows that by adopting strategies that are well-founded in the science of brain and behaviour individuals and organisations can adapt to the demands of the modern world.

The brain matters in business. The problem is that our brains have many biases, heuristics and predilections that can distort behaviour and decision making. The good news is that we know more about how these work than ever before.




The Future of the Professions 

By Daniel and Richard Susskind 


The Future of the Professions sets out two futures for the professions. Both rest on technology. One is reassuringly familiar. It is a more efficient version of what we have today. The other is transformational -- a gradual replacement of professionals by increasingly capable systems. 

In an Internet society, we will neither need nor want lawyers, accountants, doctors, teachers, architects, consultants, the clergy, and many others to work as they did in the 20th century.


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The Oxford Handbook of Talent Management 


The Oxford Handbook of Talent Management offers academic researchers, advanced postgraduate students, and reflective practitioners a state-of-the-art overview of the key themes, topics, and debates in talent management. 

The Handbook is designed with a multi-disciplinary perspective in mind and draws upon perspectives from, inter alia, human resource management, psychology, and strategy to chart the topography of the area of talent management and to establish the base of knowledge in the field. Furthermore, each chapter concludes by identifying key gaps in our understanding of the area of focus. 

The Handbook is ambitious in its scope, with 28 chapters structured around five sections. These include the context of talent management, talent and performance, talent teams and networks, managing talent flows, and contemporary issues in talent management. Each chapter is written by a leading international scholar in the area and thus the volume represents the authoritative reference for anyone working in the area of talent management. 

Learning in the Workplace by Donald H Taylor 

Knowledge was once power - difficult to find, slow to transmit and coveted. Now we can access almost the sum total of human information with a swipe of our thumbs. The impact on the knowledge economy has been vast, leaving learning and development (L&D) professionals wondering how to keep pace. Many organisations naturally turn to technology to ensure workplace learning at scale and at speed, but stumble when it comes to successfully deploying and using it. 
Learning Technologies in the Workplace examines 16 years of learning technology implementations to find the secrets behind the most successful.


Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future


 From the authors of “The Second Machine Age”, which is a must-read-book for every CEO who truly wants to understand exponential and reinvention.

The Core Message

AI is going faster than expected, machines are getting smarter and smarter, we are all connected, platforms are taking over, open innovation and co-creation are the names of the game, there is wisdom in the crowds and it will happen in your industry too. Using the usual examples (which is in itself is an indication that the platforms are taking over and winners take all) such as Airbnb, Facebook, Google, Uber, Alibaba, Amazon and Kickstarter.


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The Business Case for Learning: Using Design Thinking to Deliver Business Results and Increase the Investment in Talent Development 

(Patricia Pulliam Phillips and Jack J. Phillips)

We’ve all probably seen it: When the IT organization is directed to cut costs, one of the first things to go is the training budget, and learning and development fall by the wayside. The reason is simple: Training tends to be seen as a cost, rather than as an investment.

It’s difficult to fault business executives for that. Any investment needs to be tied to business objectives, and deliver business results, and the return on investment of learning and training can be murky, at best. But according to Patti and Jack Phillips, CEO and chairman, respectively, of the ROI Institute, it doesn’t have to be that way.

In their new book, “The Business Case for Learning: Using Design Thinking to Deliver Business Results and Increase the Investment in Talent Development,” the Phillipses discuss how to demonstrate learning and development ROI to even the most skeptical business executive.

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Archive - Book of the Month

Each month we select the most interesting, useful or inspiring new book relating to training & development and human resources, and provide a short review so that you can get a quick idea of the essentials.