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Top 10 Leadership and Learning Resources 2017

by Ken Thompson, 15 June 2017

Top 10 Leadership and Learning Resources

I am delighted to share my Top 10 Leadership and Learning Resources for 2017.

The resources are listed in purely alphabetical order: 

  1. Businessballs
  2. Center for Creative Leadership (CCL)
  3. Chief Learning Officer (CLO) Magazine
  4. CIPD Learning
  5. Management Study Guide
  6. Mind Tools
  7. Skills You Need
  8. Training Journal
  9. Training Magazine
  10. Training Zone Magazine

All content is free but in some cases you will need to register or provide an email to access the content.

A short overview of each resource with web links and recommended "Standout Sections" follows below:

1. Businessballs

Businessballs is a free ethical learning and development resource for people and organizations, run by Alan Chapman, founded and based in Leicester UK. Businessballs.com launched at the end of 1999. The concept began a few years earlier as an experimental online collection of learning and development ideas. The website is now used by about a million people each month. Alan originally created the Businessballs name for juggling balls in his training and development business. The philosophy of the website is intended to be ethical, practical, innovative, compassionate and enjoyable.

Website: http://www.businessballs.com

Standout Section: eLeadership Academy grade

Weblinks: http://www.accipio.com/eleadership/

Businessballs has partnered with Accipio, an Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) and Chartered Management Institute (CMI) centre, to offer FREE audio-visual interactive eLearning modules aligned with internationally recognised qualifications (ILM or CMI). Modules include the Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Leading Change and Leadership Behaviour. Accreditation fees apply.

2. Center for Creative Leadership (CCL)

Founded in 1970 as a non profit, CCL is a top-ranked global provider of leadership development with 10 office locations and 500+ faculty and staff members.

Website: https://www.ccl.org/

Standout Section: Articles, White Papers and Research Reports grade





A wealth of great "Thought Leadership" material including Serious Games and Gamification.

3. Chief Learning Officer (CLO) Magazine

Chief Learning Officer is a multimedia publication focused on the importance, benefits and advancements of a properly trained workforce with award-winning content catering specifically to executives in the enterprise learning market.

Website: http://www.clomedia.com

Standout Section: Latest - Learning Delivery grade

Weblinks: http://www.clomedia.com/latest/learning-delivery/

Excellent and concise articles on current hot topics such as graduate training, corporate universities, experiential learning, evolution of e-learning and unconscious bias training effectiveness.

4. CIPD Learning

The CIPD is incorporated under Royal Charter and the only professional body in the world that can confer individual Chartered status on HR and L&D professionals.

Website: https://www.cipd.co.uk/learn

Standout Section: Knowledge Hub grade

Weblinks: https://www.cipd.co.uk/knowledge

Factsheets, Podcasts and Reports on the following important leadership areas:

  • People management fundamentals
  • Strategy and planning
  • Organisational culture and behaviours
  • The Changing context of work

5: Management Study Guide

MSG is a leading global provider of management & skill based education addressing the needs of over 1.2M members across 198 countries with over 150 courses prepared by top notch professionals from the Industry.

Website: http://managementstudyguide.com/

Standout Section: Library grade

Weblinks: http://managementstudyguide.com/all-subjects.htm

A rich library of articles covering Management Basics, Management Functions, Organizational Behaviour and People Management.

6: Mind Tools

Established in 1996, Mind Tools helps more than 25,000,000 people each year from many different levels within organizations – ranging from senior executives and business owners to young professionals and career-starters. Many top, global organizations also use Mind Tools material to increase productivity, improve management and leadership skills, and support organizational development initiatives.

Website: https://www.mindtools.com

Standout Section: Toolkit - Leadership Skills grade

Weblinks: https://www.mindtools.com/pages/main/newMN_LDR.htm

Great Practical tools for leaders covering General Leadership, Understanding Power, Leadership Styles, Emotional Intelligence, Becoming a Leader, Young/Future Leaders and Crisis and Contingency Planning. 

7. Skills You Need

SkillsYouNeed is passionate about providing high quality information and resources that help you learn and develop the skills you need to make the most of everyday life. For the L&D practitioner, SkillsYouNeed offers comprehensive sections on Personal Skills, Interpersonal Skills, Leadership Skills and Learning Skills.

Website: https://www.skillsyouneed.com

Standout Section: Leadership Skills grade

Weblinks: https://www.skillsyouneed.com/leadership-skills.html

Great resource on the 4 core areas of Leadership:

  • Understanding Leaders
  • Planning and Organising Skills
  • Leading People
  • Change Management

8. Training Journal

TJ is the largest L&D online community and content publisher for training professionals. TJ hosts the well-respected TJ Awards and the groundbreaking #TJwow discussion webinars. With 50 years in publishing, TJ is one of the most experienced L&D publishers in the market.  

Website:  http://www.trainingjournal.com/

Standout Section: Blogs grade

Weblinks: http://www.trainingjournal.com/blogs

A fantastic array of blogs by numerous practitioners in the field covering important 'state of the practice' topics in L&D and leadership.

9. Training Magazine

Training magazine is a 53-year-old professional development magazine that advocates training and workforce development as a business tool. The magazine and its web site delve into management issues such as leadership and succession planning; HR issues such as recruitment and retention; and training issues such as learning theory, on-the-job skills assessments, and aligning core workforce competencies to enhance the bottom-line impact of training and development programs. All of the content is written exclusively for the site by training, human resources, and business management professionals from a variety of industries.

Website: https://trainingmag.com/

Standout Section: Podcasts grade

Weblinks: https://trainingmag.com/podcasts

A series of 7 podcasts, produced by Ottawa-based writer/audio producer Kevin McGowan in partnership with Training magazine, includes one-on-one interviews with fascinating people in the training/learning and development world. The podcasts focus on training technologies, projects, career paths, and more and aim to provide listeners with a unique view into training and knowledge development.

10. Training Zone Magazine

With over 100,000 members, TrainingZone.co.uk is the UK's largest online community for L&D and training professionals.

Website: http://www.trainingzone.co.uk

Standout Section: Hot Topics grade

Weblinks: http://www.trainingzone.co.uk/hot-topics

Well-written articles on topical themes in Leadership, Behaviours, Culture and Communication.

Please email me your favourite leadership and learning resources and I will add your suggestions to this list.

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