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Learning and Development (L&D) best practice, thought leadership and the latest learning technology to be shared at Birmingham’s NEC on 15 & 16 October.
We always talk about the benefits of undergoing Towards Maturity’s Learning Health Check and using statistics to emphasise the effects of benchmarking, but what does its real impact look like on a business? We interviewed Nebel Crowhurst, Head of People Experience at River Island, to find out what role the Towards Maturity Health Check played in helping her develop her organisation into one that facilitates a high-performing learning culture.
This recorded webinar provides a case study from Vodafone and PurpleMedia following their success in designing and implementing a credible and impactful learning solution surrounding diversity and inclusion in the workplace and beyond.
Today, over 98% of organisations are on a mission to transform the impact of their learning strategy and the majority of L&D leaders are focusing on accelerating digital because they believe it holds the key to help more people increase their performance.
In 2018, 93% of learning practitioners wanted to increase employee engagement with learning, but only 27% were successful. With less than a third meeting this goal, it is important to explore how an exemplar organisation turned their learning strategy on its head to achieve just that. Read more about how Mitchells & Butlers teamed up with Kineo to become Gold award winners at Learning Technologies Awards 2018.
With only 21% of learning professionals successfully harmonising learning across their organisation, it is clear that whatever methods we are using at present to take learning to scale are largely failing.
We have reached a pivotal point in the development of the L&D industry, where we need to make some hard decisions and critical changes if we are to remain effective. The actions we are taking at present, are often ineffective as they rarely create any lasting business impact. Right now, we are failing to show the value we possess to business leaders and lacking credibility with learners. So our approach to learning needs to adapt along with the times as we embrace the new year!
The point of learning in the workplace is to ultimately establish and develop skills within learners that help organisations to adapt and thrive. Saying that, with only 15% of L&D professionals reporting to have noticed positive changes in staff behaviour, it is clear that the extent to which learning is having an impact on subsequent actions is insufficient.1 The very nature of the L&D role is to instill new knowledge and behaviours into learners which they can apply in order to do their jobs more efficient and effectively. But at present this is lacking. So how do we ensure the behaviour of our learners change and learning is applied in practice?
Since launching our latest market insight, culture has been the most topical and provoked the more curiosity, yet, only 1 in 5 organisations manage to create a high performing learning culture today, and out of those that do, only 2 in 3 are successful in maintaining it. Although it seems only a few are able to sustain this level of success, it is definitely worth the effort, as learning cultures can result in 9x higher impact on engagement and performance.
Every day your employees face dozens of clients, managers, reports and projects competing for their attention. With 55% of workers saying they lack time to learn, it is clear heading into 2019 that we need to apply some fresh forward-thinking to recapture the attention of the learners and revive their passion for learning.
Emerald acquires Mind Tools and strengthens its position as a leading global learning business. Emerald Group, the global provider of research and learning resources, today announces the successful acquisition of Mind Tools, the digital learning and performance support company.
L&D practitioners discussing with Jane Bozarth they can support the capture and sharing of tacit knowledge, the information that people keep to themselves, that enable them to get things done in their roles.
Towards Maturity announces departure of CEO and founder. Towards Maturity announces that CEO Laura Overton has taken the decision to step back as the business moves to its next phase of growth.
Today is international Women’s Day; the annual occurrence that seeks to revel in how far women have come, and address how far they have left to go in the battle for gender equality. By celebrating what women have achieved, whilst highlighting the continuing inequalities they face, today plays a vital role in shedding light on women, their opinions and their experiences in life. We want to contribute to this insight and explore how you could make work place learning more effective by tapping in to the behaviours and ambitions of women in your company.
Unleash the power of evidence-based practice with Towards Maturity and Opel-Vauxhall Finance. Given the pace of transformation, developing and executing an L&D strategy that underpins the learning organisation of the future is no easy task. Using evidence-based practice allows you to identify tactics and characteristics specific to your organisations that will accelerate you to becoming a high performing learning organisation.
With only 23% of learning practitioners successfully developing a learning culture within their organisation, it is clear more needs to be done to help inform the industry on how they can meet this goal. The first in our LT Exchange 2019 blog series, sharing the highlights from this year’s event.
With the pace of the work constantly increasing and the number of distractions facing learners on the rise, global organisations are struggling to make their online distance learning programmes memorable. Take a look at our case study exploring Speexx award winning learning course.
Professionalising learning and development: The CIPD’s new Profession Map and key L&D development needs
In a world in which the nature of work, the workplace and workforce are changing at a relentless pace, organisations must respond to change. In the context of such rapid change Learning and Development (L&D) functions play a vital role. The transformation of organisations demands the transformation of L&D practitioners, however many L&D teams are struggling to change.
New research shows 29% of learning leaders are overwhelmed and under skilled. The biggest challenges to learning transformation are digital disruption, cultural resistance and L&D readiness. Towards Maturity’s latest report, based on its annual L&D Health Check research and launched at last week’s Learning Technologies 2019, reveals that in a time of constant change, L&D must use an evidence-based approach to work through the barriers to successful transformation.
Laura Overton provides the 5th expert Analyst Angle on the Transformation Journey. In this article she explores the power of using benchmarking to bring the outside in.
The learning profession is hungry for change, but is it ready? With skills and capabilities either static or retracting, L&D readiness is as much about developing a mindset and networks as it is about skills and competency.
An organisation’s learning culture doesn’t just happen. Business leaders, individuals and learning professionals all play a critical role in its development over time.
Specific technologies alone do not correlate to business or learning impact. However, the way they are used can dramatically accelerate the learning transformation journey.
The most significant pivot point of change is at the centre of the curve as organisations move from left to right. This marks the fundamental shift of L&D from producer to enabler, from delivering courses to enabling organisational change.
This year marks Towards Maturity’s 15th anniversary, over which time our research programme has gathered longitudinal evidence from all stakeholders in the learning process; allowing participants to understand how decisions in the past have affected the present, to make informed recommendations for the future.
This annual report directly follows the publication of The Transformation Curve: The L&D journey to deliver lasting business impact, released in January 2018. Here we discuss barriers in L&D’s transformation journey from the left to the right of the curve.
Towards Maturity to launch ground breaking research to help learning professionals accelerate and activate change
Towards Maturity is set to release its 15th annual report, The Transformation Journey, at 5:30pm on 13th February at Learning Technologies 2019, providing powerful new evidence to help learning leaders establish strong foundations for delivering business impact.
Your Ultimate Guide to LT 2019 – all the best conference sessions, free seminars and fringe events in one place!
Book your place on our LT Exchange sessions at Learning Technologies 2019! You chance to join discussions with learning leaders from the LT conference, for free on the exhibition floor.
Qantas Airway, the flag carrier airline of Australia, is on a learning transformation journey. Michelle Ockers, who recently partnered with Towards Maturity as an expert learning analyst, worked with Qantas as an independent strategic advisor in 2017. She engaged Towards Maturity to help Qantas identify how they could create a modern and engaging learner experience.
New evidence from 10,000 workers dispel the myths that business leaders have about how they learn in the modern workplace.
Measuring the benefits of L&D and comms initiatives remains a challenge. Just one in eight learning and development professionals1 believe their organization measures the return on investment of learning programmes. Success can be measured either through quantitative measurement or qualitative change, but whatever approach is chosen, effective measurement is vital to ensure L&D and comms strategies are delivering on objectives and attract future investment.
Micro-learning delivers learning nuggets in easily digestible, bite-sized chunks. Learners can access micro-learning as they need it, on the job. Industry expert Josh Bersin describes micro-learning as an ‘amazing innovation’, explaining that microlearning platforms now let you manage the proliferation of video, assessment, and other small content objects with tools for curation, tracking, recommendations, and AI-based prescriptive learning”.
New research finds 54% of learning is still being conducted solely in the classroom – but change is needed for formal learning to remain effective
Towards Maturity delve deeper into the dichotomy L&D are facing between formal learning and the desire for increased accessibility and availability. Supported by ambassadors, Raytheon Professional Services, this brand new In Focus report uncovers new insight into the most effective ways to improve formal learning by exploring what successful organisations are doing differently.
This brand-new report uncovers new insight into the most effective ways to improve formal learning by exploring what successful organisations are doing differently.
A huge congratulation to all the winners and nominees at the 2018 Learning Technologies Awards, held on Wednesday night in London. We were delighted to join in the celebrations on the night and get together with so many members of the learning and development community!
New Towards Maturity research shows that learning leaders are slow to adopt trending technologies.
Joint Research by Towards Maturity and Skillsoft Reveals the Impact of Leadership Development Technology on Organisational Success
Brand new research from Towards Maturity uncovers how high performing learning organisations are changing their leadership development experiences and how they are leveraging learning technologies to increase access, flexibility and drive real capability impact.
Drawing on 15 years of experience and independent data from over 700+ L&D professionals, 10,000+ learners and 200+ L&D leaders that took part in our 2018 Leadership Pulse survey, Towards Maturity and Skillsoft set to uncover real evidence to highlight where the best opportunities are to develop leadership capabilities.
Towards Maturity is delighted to announce that Michelle Ockers, the highly experienced L&D strategist based in Australia, is joining the business as an expert analyst to strengthen their growing presence in the region.
Learning Transformation in the Health sector. Join learning leaders from across the health sector at our special event and share how learning transformation can help galvanise and transform the health sector.
Based on insights revealed by its own Transformation Curve research, published in January 2018, Towards Maturity is announcing a new focus on Learning Analyst services to help accelerate change and real impact in the learning industry.
We speak to Teresa Rose, Learning and Talent Expert at E.ON to see how the Learner Intelligence Programme provided Evidence for Change.
Brand new research from Towards Maturity, supported by ambassadors Cognician, provides a guide to help L&D professionals build and create habits in their organisation, as a means to shape behaviour change and create a real business impact.
The ability to change behaviour through habit creation is crucial to becoming a top performing organisation, particularly as learners have the skills to build new capabilities quickly and ‘unbuild’ old behaviours that are no longer relevant. But how do you actually create habits in the workplace?
West Midlands police force serves a population of almost 2.8 million. With a shrinking force dealing with increasing demand, a real change needed to happen if the officers were to remain effective in their roles.
As learning professionals, we want to design interventions that lead to lasting change. Shifting behaviour involves a process that continues long after the programme finishes. Our research has shown that mature learning organisations are more successful at integrating learning and work, but they don’t abandon formal learning. One of their strategies is to design learning campaigns and programmes that build and encourage new habits.
In the final installment of our ambassador round up series, we speak to Peter Casebow, CEO of Good Practice, about his thoughts on the Transformation Curve.
In order to achieve true and lasting transformation, organisations need to take it one step, one stage at a time, says Piers Lea, chief strategy officer at LEO and Learning Technologies Group plc, and a Towards Maturity ambassador. It’s also what the latest Towards Maturity benchmark report ‘The Transformation Curve’, says when it outlines the four stages of maturity – Optimising Training, Taking Control, Letting Go and Sharing Responsibility.
L&D is in the midst of a rapid transformation driven by fundamental changes in work, the workforce and the workplace. In this fast-changing environment, how can we embed successful leadership development to future-proof our organisations and gain a competitive advantage?
Read about the two things that Ken Govan, from our ambassadors Cegos, particularly likes about ‘The Transformation Curve’, the latest Towards Maturity benchmarking report.
Someone who knows a thing or two about transformation is John Helmer, Director of Marketing at Lumesse Learning. “There’s rapid disruption of business models in this digital age. As something is becoming mature, that’s the stage that you need to move towards the next development.”
Jenny Lycett thinks it’s high time that everyone owns learning, not just the L&D department. “I think there are plenty of benefits from organisations seeing L&D as a shared responsibility and I think this is a huge change from what we’ve seen in the past,” she says.
Towards Maturity release first Data Pulse report exploring L&D’s relationship with data and how it can be used more effectively.
Earlier this year, Towards Maturity conducted their first L&D Data Pulse, with participation from over 150 L&D leaders in a variety of sectors and organisations of all sizes. This focused review, supported by Kineo, Filtered and HT2 Labs, explored the importance of measuring and using data in order to improve learning across businesses, with this brand-new report analysing why it is important to use data effectively, outlining pathways to success and real impact.
What does L&D’s relationship with data look like today? With over 150 L&D leaders from a variety of sectors and organisations of all sizes taking part in the Towards Maturity L&D Data Pulse, this report analyses why it is important to use data effectively and outlines pathways to success and real impact.
Some avoid it like the plague, many are ambivalent and others embrace it fully. Whatever our position, we can’t avoid the L&D ‘F’ Word.
“When they revealed ‘The Transformation Curve’ and I saw how they had interpreted the data into a model of maturity, I was blown away,” says Stephanie, director of learning solutions at Bray Leino Learning and a Towards Maturity ambassador. “It left me feeling excited for the future of learning and development”
Due to a high volume of requests, we’ve extended the Health Check until Tuesday 14th August 2018, so there is still enough time to take your review!
Something that Clive Shepherd really likes about ‘The Transformation Curve’ is the fact it highlights that the road to transformation is not a straightforward, predictable or smooth one. “The report recognises that progress occurs in waves,” says Clive, founding partner at the learning organisation, More than Blended, and one of Towards Maturity’s ambassadors.
Although we would all like progress to be linear, constant and straightforward, it rarely is. Sometimes – often even – we need to stop and take a step back in order to go forward. Robert Wagner, Director at the CIPD Qualifications & Apprenticeship provider DPG plc tell us more.
Are you taking the right next steps in your transformation journey? Digital transformation is at the top of most business agendas and for some time L&D leaders around the globe understand the need to change to keep up.
“Small steps leading to real change” is what Martin Baker, CEO and founder of The Charity Learning Consortium says about our report ‘The Transformation Curve’. One of the key messages of the report is that transformation happens in stages and that organisations have to keep taking small steps in the right direction.
This article describes how The Medical Research Council developed a bespoke e-learning curriculum for frontline workers at the research unit in The Gambia (MRCG) involved in combating disease in West Africa.
It’s ten years since our team of ambassadors started working with us at Towards Maturity, sharing their L&D insights and expertise and supporting us on our benchmarking journey.
Learning and Development professionals around the globe are invited to find out by using the new Towards Maturity Health Check launched at the Learning and Technologies Summer Forum in London.
Towards Maturity release new report based on evidence from over 600 learning professionals and 10,000 learners to solve the communication divide
In today’s digital workplace, always-on technology offers new challenges to learning and organisational development professionals catering for the evolving needs of the modern workforce.
At a time when L&D are talking about UX and learner centric design more than ever before, their staff have unprecedented access to technology and communities.
What do charities with highly engaged staff and volunteers do differently? Research with learning leaders in the charity sector, conducted by Towards Maturity, reveals lessons that practitioners from all sectors can learn from.
Towards Maturity are delighted to announce that Filtered, providers of an online education platform and Kineo, a global workplace learning company are now the official sponsors of Towards Maturity’s Pulse on using data within L&D.
This article describes how Action Against Hunger Nigeria provided e-learning to equip their frontline staff to effectively project manage and tackle an enfolding humanitarian crisis in Nigeria.
This new report, In Focus Driving Performance & Productivity: Why Learning Organisations propel and sustain more impact, supported by the CIPD, investigates how L&D in high performing organisations connect with business leaders, engage learners, and in turn promote a culture of inclusion.
New research shows that organisations who embrace learning are seeing a 24% increase in productivity and performance
Our recent research, The Transformation Curve, reveals that high-performing learning organisations, on average, are seeing a 24% increase in productivity and performance as a result of learning done well.
The global online launch of Towards Maturity’s Transformation Curve report provides learning teams with a new approach to digital transformation.
4 lessons from charity sector organisations with high learner engagement that help you improve productivity, staff retention, and organisational culture.
How to align learning with the business is a constant and evolving question for L&D professionals and it’s a question that Krystyna Gadd of How to Accelerate Learning helped to answer during her session at the Learning Technologies 2018 speaker exchange.
How would Booking.com use AI to ensure that its e-learning enabled the company to develop its staff and enjoy its exponential world growth?
Laura Overton, CEO of learning research company Towards Maturity, has been named as the most influential person in the global elearning sector.
Industry thought-leaders speaking at the Learning Technologies Conference joined our LT Exchanges to tackle some of today’s big questions around technology. What, how and where can it be applied?
Micro learning is one of the hot new trends this year, but as with any new learning technology, it comes with its challenges for implementation.
Consider the 3 ‘P’s – Purpose, Principles and Personas and put users at the heart of your learning content design strategy.
One of the biggest shifts in learning technology is in the development of increasingly collaborative platforms. So how do we best harness these solutions and create a culture of knowledge sharing?
Day 1 of Learning Technologies and Fabrizio Conrado reports on the key challenges and opportunities that surfaced during the exchange with David Kelly.
L&D needs to be helping drive business transformation, creating a culture of agility and continuous learning that ensures organisations are at the forefront of change.
With the world facing a biodiversity crisis, ZSL saw the urgent need to provide online conservation courses that would equip and raise up a new generation of conservation leaders across the world.
This unparalleled time of change for organisations offers a great opportunity for L&D to shift from delivering courses to delivering strategic value. This report maps out the destination – and the roadmap of how to get there.
PR: New research signposts the route to business transformation in 2018
2018 is another year of opportunity for L&D leaders. Laura Overton discusses how the fearless can set a new direction that will impact their organisation’s growth, transformation, productivity and performance.
Stephanie Morgan, Director of Learning Solutions at Bray Leino Learning, shares five top tips to build learner engagement and more.
This month we are capturing the essence of some of these case studies by featuring a treasure trove of tops tips that could transform your e-learning program into a class act!
The modern learner makes fast decisions about how and where they will learn – but with content still a major barrier for today’s learners, how does the modern L&D leader provide and facilitate good choices?
The actual number of organisations reporting achievement of some benefits in this year’s annual benchmark is still very low. So what is lacking, what are the current risks and how can we take strong steps forward?
As we look towards a new year it is important for us to reflect on the current state of the L&D landscape and understand what success in business looks like in a constant world of change and disruption.
New research from Towards Maturity and CrossKnowledge reveals that 91% of managers want to learn but only 61% have the time to do so.