The Best Summer Reads To Help Your L&D - Part 2

There’s nothing quite like sitting down in the sun with a good book. Whether you’re away on holiday, or just taking half an hour over lunch to sit out and read, why not make the most of your reading time to help enhance your learning and development, learn some new tricks to help run your business, or understand how to work with your team better?

We’ve pulled together a list of some of the best books to read over summer to kick back with, enjoy, and get your brain working - here's part 2 of our list. You can see part 1 here. 

Men’s Health / Women’s Health
Key theme - Wellbeing

A little bit of lighter reading here, but just as important as the rest. Dipping into Health magazine can be great to unwind and think a little bit more closely about your own health and wellbeing – especially if you’re kicking back on a beach somewhere.

Tips on exercise, diet, mental health and more can really help kick-start a rejuvenated you over the summer – and with it being monthly, it’s a great little reminder to help you keep on top of these things.

Black Box Thinking - Matthew Syed
Key theme - Learning from your mistakes

Admitting our mistakes and learning from them can be tough, especially in the workplace where we can feel our every action could have consequences for more people than just ourselves. Fear of failure as a barrier can also become crippling in the workplace – you need to be able to make mistakes in order to learn from them, so shifting your perceptions prior to taking action is also important.

Black Box Thinking gives you the mindset and tools to be able to deal with mistakes, learn from them, improve for the future, and develop a positive relationship with failure.

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Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning - Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger, Mark A. McDaniel 
Key theme – Becoming a more effective learner

How can you make your learning and development even better? By learning to become a better learner.

Make It Stick teaches us that we don’t necessarily understand how to really learn – and we can become a lot smarter a lot quicker if we go about it the right way. The methods that were used in our schooldays were great for passing the exams set for us, but were they really the most effective at giving us knowledge?

As with the other books we’ve listed here, there’s practical advice that you can apply straight away, and shift your learning and development up a gear or two.

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Aesop's Fables - Aesop
Key theme - Too many to list! 

No matter the problem, there’s likely to be a fable that can give you a bit of advice; Aesop wrote a whopping 725 fables in the 6th century BC. The Tortoise & The Hare, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, and The Lion and the Mouse are just a few that have become common in the modern lexicon, but there are hundreds more that are well worth a read through.

Each is only short, so you can dip in and out at leisure, and there’ll always be a lesson to be learned or reminded of – whether for your work or personal life.

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Feeling inspired and ready to learn more? Why not take a look at our fully-funded ILM and City & Guilds courses, running throughout the South West from September onwards?

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