ATD's Handbook for Training and Talent Development, 3rd Edition

  • 18h 6m
  • Elaine Biech
  • Association for Talent Development
  • 2022

ATD’s Handbook for Training and Talent Development is the premier resource and compendium of everything a training and talent development (TD) professional needs to know to start, build, and navigate a thriving career.

Now in its third edition and grounded by the Talent Development Capability Model, this is more than a revised volume. This edition 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 dives deeply 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.

TD professionals, keep this practical, companionable volume close by; it’s the reference you will always turn to.

About the Author

Elaine Biech, president of ebb associates inc, a strategic implementation, leadership development, and experiential learning consulting firm, has been in the field for more than 30 years helping organizations work through large-scale change. She has presented at dozens of national and international conferences including 34 consecutive ATD National Conferences. She has been featured in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Management Update, Investor’s Business Daily, and Fortune. She is the author and editor of 86 books, receiving national awards for two of them.

Among her extensive body of published work are many ATD titles, including the flagship publication, The ASTD Handbook: The Definitive Reference for Training and Development (2014). Elaine is the principle author for ATD's Body of Knowledge (TDBoK). Other ATD titles include Skills for Career Success (2021), ATD's Foundations of Talent Development (2018), What Works: Starting a TD Program (2018), ATD's Action Guide to Talent Development (2018), The Art and Science of Training (2017), Change Management Training (2016), New Supervisor Training (2015), The Book of Road-Tested Activities (co-published with Pfeiffer, 2011), ASTD Leadership Handbook (2010), ASTD’s Ultimate Train the Trainer (2009), 10 Steps to Successful Training (2009), ASTD Handbook for Workplace Learning Professionals (2008), and Thriving Through Change: A Leader’s Practical Guide to Change Mastery (2007).

Elaine specializes in helping leaders maximize their effectiveness. Customizing all of her work for individual clients, she conducts strategic planning sessions and implements corporate-wide systems, such as quality improvement, change management, reengineering of business processes, and mentoring programs. Elaine is a consummate training professional, facilitating training on a wide range of workplace and business topics. She is particularly adept at turning dysfunctional teams into productive ones. As a management consultant, trainer, and designer, she provides services globally to public and private sector organizations to prepare them for current challenges.

A long-time ATD volunteer, she served on the association’s national board of directors and executive committee. She is the recipient of four national ATD awards including the 2020 Distinguished Contributor Award, 2006 Gordon Bliss Memorial Award, 2004 Volunteer Staff partnership Award, and the 1992 ASTD Torch Award. In 2012, she became the inaugural CPTD Fellow Program Honoree from the ATD Certification Institute. She wrote the first ASTD Training Certificate Program and has designed five additional certificate programs. She was the 1995 Wisconsin Women Entrepreneur’s Mentor Awardee, served on the Independent Consultants Association’s Advisory Committee, and on CCL's Board of Governors and Executive Team. She currently serves on ISA's Board of Directors. Elaine believes that excellencee isn't optional.

In this Book

  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • Luminary Perspective—Our Job Is to Deliver Breakthrough Moments
  • The Evolution of Talent Development
  • Critical Adult Learning Basics in Action
  • A Learning Science Strategy—Deepening the Impact of Talent Development
  • The Business Case for Learning
  • Luminary Perspective—Talent Development Mindsets
  • The Talent Development Capability Model
  • Give Your Career a Boost With Certification
  • Thriving in Your Career—Powerful Plans for Lifelong Learning
  • The Irreplaceable Growth Mindset
  • An Oath of Ethics for Learning and Development Professionals
  • What’s EQ Got to Do with a TD Career?
  • Luminary Perspective—Train to Add Value and Make a Difference
  • ADDIE—The Origin of Modern-Day ISD
  • Using Evidence to Assess Performance Gaps
  • Design Thinking for TD Professionals
  • Innovative Design—Uncovering the Art of the Possible
  • We Need It Personalized, Accurate, and NOW!
  • Delivering As if Learning Depended Upon It!
  • 21st-Century Media Skills—Put Learning Where the Work Is
  • Using Story Structure to Influence
  • Implementing the Four Levels of Evaluation
  • Impact and ROI—Results Executives Love
  • Luminary Perspective—Talent Development Changes in a Changing Time!
  • The Journey to Learning Experience Design
  • Keys to Designing and Delivering Blended Learning
  • The Many Aspects of Accessibility
  • Learning Transfer—The Missing Link
  • Critical Tools to Support the Fundamentals of E-Learning
  • Designing and Delivering Virtual Training
  • Luminary Perspective—Slowing Down to Go Fast
  • Essential Skills for TD Professionals
  • Initiating a Talent Development Effort
  • Working Effectively With SMEs
  • Perfecting Your Facilitation Skills—The Facilitative Trainer
  • Communicating With Executive Leadership to Gain Buy-In
  • Integrating DEI Principles Into TD Initiatives
  • Digital-Age Requirements for Talent Development Professionals
  • Luminary Perspective—Make Your Future Happen—Plan Beyond Your Current TD Role
  • Building Your Organization’s Learning Technology Ecosystem
  • Equip Your Managers to Become Masters of Development
  • Talent Development’s Role in Strategic Workforce Planning
  • From Ward to Steward—Enhancing Employee Ownership of Career Development
  • Implement a Mentoring Program That Works
  • Consulting on the Inside— Roles, Competencies, and Challenges
  • Becoming a Successful Consultant— From Startup to Market Leadership
  • Building Teams and Understanding Virtual Teamwork
  • The Trifecta— Project Management, L&D, and Talent Development
  • Luminary Perspective—Be the Leader People Want and Organizations Need
  • Learning and Development’s Role in Achieving Corporate Vision
  • Structuring TD to Meet the Dynamic Needs of the Organization
  • The Five Fundamentals of Learning Leadership
  • Building Your Business Acumen
  • Supporting Your Organization’s Onboarding Efforts
  • Determining Talent Development’s Organizational Impact
  • Best Practices for a Talent Development Department of One
  • Luminary Perspective—The Future Is Closer Than You Think
  • 6 Essentials for a Thriving Learning Culture
  • Sustaining Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • How L&D Can Partner With Executives
  • Organizational Design Practices That Can Make or Break Your Organization
  • Agility for the Future Workforce
  • Developing a Change-Ready Organization
  • Emerging Technology and the Future of Learning
  • Talent Development’s Role in Aligning People Analytics With Strategy