Community Discussion: What Are Your Favorite L&D Books? featuring Zsolt Olah

August 11, 2019

Zsolt Olah has read a lot of books. AND he’s read a lot of L&D books. In fact, over a twelve-week period he read over 100 books in preparation for writing his own book, Engage the WORL&D!: A whimsical, brain-picking “meme-oir” from a creative digital learning strategist. So it comes as no surprise that Zsolt published a popular article about L&D Book Recommendations on

So this is why Zsolt was a perfect guest for our Community Discussion on “What Are Your Favorite L&D Books?”.

As a quick summary, here are the distilled recommendations Zsolt has for reading. Consider it “highlights” from his original article.

Be sure to listen to the podcast or view the TLDCast episode below for more detail about why he recommends each of these books.

Learning (And Doing Business)

The Accidental Instructional Designer: Learning Design for the Digital Age
Bean, Cammie

Make It Stick
Brown, Peter C.

How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens
Carey, Benedict

Design for How People Learn (Voices That Matter)
Dirksen, Julie

Map it! The Hand-on Guide to Strategic Training Design
Moore, Cathy

Disruptive Learning: Discover Your Inner Learning Rebel
Tipton, Shannon

Show Your Work
Bozarth, Jane


Ebook: Design Thinking (Innovation Trends Series)
BBVA Innovation Center

Designing for Behavior Change: Applying Psychology and Behavioral Economics
Wendel, Stephen


Critical Thinking: Tools for Taking Charge of Your Professional and Personal Life
Paul, Richard

Thinking, Fast and Slow
Kahneman, Daniel


Play to Learn: Everything You Need to Know About Designing Effective Learning Games
Boller, Sharon, and Kapp, Karl

Game Thinking: Innovate smarter & drive deep engagement with design techniques from hit games
Amy Jo Kim


The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies
Brynjolfsson, Erik

Learning in the Age of Immediacy: 5 Factors for How We Connect, Communicate, and Get Work Done
Carson, Brandon


Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences
Gardner, Howard

The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It
McGonigal Ph.D., Kelly


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