Give yourself a pool break this weekend by reading these top five stories from for the week of June 2.

1. The Problem With Leadership Development: If leadership programs do not produce the bench strength, performance and behaviors desired, one or more of six problems could be the culprit. Gordon Curphy, Robert Hogan and Robert B. Kaiser have the story.

2. How to Run Learning Like a Business: Using the language of business — standardized processes, measures and reporting — will go a long way to transform management of learning functions.Tracey Wik has more.

3. MIllennials: Separating Facts From Fiction: Generational gaps have an impact in the workplace, but leaders are generally quicker to blame them for office differences than they should be. Editor Ladan Nikravan has more in her Ask A Gen Y blog.

4. Three Trends Shaping Learning: MOOCs, digital badges and competency-based learning are changing the way learning leaders think about and create learning. Michael Plater has the story.

5. Qualcomm: Mobile-Friendly Learning: Building targeted apps and enabling widespread development options via mobile devices ensures Qualcomm’s global workforce gets the learning they need wherever they are. Editor Rita Pyrillis has more from one of this issue’s LearningElite winners.

On Another Note …

People, by and large, hate work.

That’s according to an editorial from The New York Times over the weekend. According to the op-ed, people are experiencing vast amounts of burnout, thanks to things like leaner workforces, increased work demands and a deluge of information overload making people constantly respond to work requests around the clock.

What’s the solution? As the article’s authors state:

“Employees are vastly more satisfied and productive, it turns out, when four of their core needs are met: physical, through opportunities to regularly renew and recharge at work; emotional, by feeling valued and appreciated for their contributions; mental, when they have the opportunity to focus in an absorbed way on their most important tasks and define when and where they get their work done; and spiritual, by doing more of what they do best and enjoy most, and by feeling connected to a higher purpose at work.”

Read more here.

Also, the 20 best business books to read this summer, thanks to the folks at Business Insider. Read here.


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