Your Career

Your Career

What Are You Reading?

The Life of Patrick Henry

By William Wirt

I find that biographies help me to understand history better. More importantly, it helps me to understand myself better. Reading about the successes and failures of people who lived before helps me to understand that I’m not as far removed from some of them, which means that I could probably do more, better. It is always a challenge.

Patrick Wraight, director, Academy of Insurance

Career Development’s (R)Evolution

By Beverly Kaye and Lindy Williams

I appreciate how the authors resurface the “three stakeholder partnership” as a constant in the midst of enormous and wide-sweeping career development changes in organizations today. In my conversations with learning leaders, everyone seems to be looking for the next shiny object in terms of career development, while career development “constants” are right in front of them the whole time (they are just harder to change). To the authors’ point, companies owe it to themselves to spend more time focused on some of the basics: internal processes, such as better equipping managers, which in turn impacts the coaching outcomes we focus on in our work vis-à-vis the three-stakeholder partnership model. This continues to show how increasingly important the manager role is in the employee experience and reaffirms the timeless value of coaching as a career development tool. Soft skills training will become increasingly important in an artificial intelligence era, since, at the end of the day, it is still people who are running organizations.

Nadia Nassif, founder and CEO, Springboards Consulting

The Black Swan

By Nassim Nicholas Taleb

I am reading this for bringing more insight into our workshop on foresight. I am also reading “The Systems View of Life: A Unifying Vision” by Fritjof Capra and Pier Luigi Luisi.

Sahishnu Majumdar, AGM Training, ACC Limited

Humility is the New Smart: Rethinking Human Excellence in the Smart Machine Age

By Edward D. Hess and Katherine Ludwig

This book identifies the skills needed in the Smart Machine Age: critical thinking, innovative thinking, creativity and high emotional engagement with others. The book offers information about building these skills.

M.J. Hall, learning performance designer and coach, content manager, and learning SME, Association for Talent Development

Chief Learning Officer wants to hear from you: What’s at the top of your reading list?
Send your submissions to Ave Rio at

Chief Learning Officer wants to hear from you: What’s at the top of your reading list?
Send your submissions to Ave Rio at