12 Top Deck Tips for Christmas

by | Dec 6, 2014 | Articles

Find out what our Top Deck – the top 10% of L&D organisations who are delivering the biggest results from this year’s annual benchmark report Modernising Learning:Delivering Results – do better than anyone else to achieve success.

The Towards Maturity Model has long provided a benchmark for effective learning practices with the top quartile of the Towards Maturity Index™ consistently delivering more for less. It is clear, this year more than ever before, that we need to understand what the top performers are doing that makes a difference. In 2014 we take a fresh look at the learning leaders – the top 10% of the Towards Maturity Index™ (we refer to them as the Top Deck). Across the board, these organisations are twice as likely to achieve the benefits that they seek from a modernised learning strategy and report 30% fewer barriers than average across the 2014 sample.

The business impact of their programmes is so much higher that the rest that there are many lessons to be learned by all. Whatever they are doing is working, so here’s our ’12 Top Deck Tips for Christmas’.

12 Top Deck Tips for Christmas:

 Tip 1: 2-way business alignment Part 1 

100% of the top deck fully align L&D team activity with the strategic goals of the organisation (compared with 56% on average)


 Tip 2: 2 way business alignment Part 2

82% of the top deck regularly review their programmes and check that they support and enhance organisational goals (43% avg.)


 Tip 3: Customer activated learning Part 1 

97% of the top deck are proactive in understanding how learners currently learn what they need for their job (36% avg.)


 Tip 4: Customer activated learning Part 2

89% of the top deck agree that their staff can choose to learn at places convenient to them (44%)


 Tip 5: Transform traditional training Part 1

85% of the top deck say their L&D staff consider the ‘course’ as only one of many options for building skills and performance (53% avg.)


 Tip 6: Transform traditional training Part 2

85% of the top deck blend their use of several different learning technologies (from social media for collaboration to content delivery) (21% avg.)


 Tip 7: Support a learning culture within the workflow 

88% of the top deck understand the support systems  available to their staff (eg help desk, peer support, manager support)(47% avg.)

82% of the top deck say their managers recognise the value of on-the-job learning (52% avg.)


 Tip 8: Integrate learning and talent 

97% of the top deck agree that their organisation welcomes innovation and contributions from their workers (52% avg.)


 Tip 9: Support flexible learning for flexible working

82% of the top deck say, “We know what technology enabled learning our IT systems can deliver” (43% avg.):

  • 91% of the top deck use mobile learning (74% avg.)
  • 85% use third party social media tools (49% avg.)

 Tip 10: Simplify

88% of the top deck agree that individuals can access clear information on learning opportunities available to them (44% avg.)


 Tip 11: Respond faster

97% of the top deck say their learning initiatives are delivered in time to meet the needs of the business (47% avg.)


 Tip 12: Equip L&D as agents of change 

82% of top deck organisations agree that their L&D staff are confident in incorporating the use of new media in learning design (28% avg.)


For more top tips on how you can make significant headway in modernising your L&D strategy, make sure you read our 2014-15 Benchmark Report, Modernising Learning:Delivering Results, or read our fast facts summary if you’ve only got 5 minutes. It’s worth more than your time.

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