Who moved my skills?

Who moved my skills?

Organisations are facing unprecedented levels of change as they seek to remain competitive and gain new markets. One of the critical challenges facing organisations is the acquisition of skills in this new landscape.

La Vie en Rose, does seeing ‘life in pink’ matter?

La Vie en Rose, does seeing ‘life in pink’ matter?

Learning can be defined in many ways, but most psychologists would agree that it is a relatively permanent change in behaviour that results from experience. The three major types of learning described by behavioural psychology are; classical conditioning, operant conditioning and observational learning. In order for learning to stick and becomes the new normal, all three types require self-driven will. Therefore, how people view the world through their lens matters.

Speexx gears up for annual Speexx Exchange conference in Berlin

Speexx gears up for annual Speexx Exchange conference in Berlin

It’s that time of year again—the annual Speexx Exchange conference in Berlin is right around the corner! This leading industry event on talent management practices brings together learning and development (L&D) practitioners from around the world for a full day of networking, sharing and learning.

Towards Maturity Learning Health Check season extended to Monday 16 September. Early 2019 results highlight that only 7% of L&D leaders report that their organisation encourages and provides time for reflection*

Towards Maturity Learning Health Check season extended to Monday 16 September. Early 2019 results highlight that only 7% of L&D leaders report that their organisation encourages and provides time for reflection*

By popular demand, the 2019 Learning Health Check season has now been extended until Monday 16th September. There is still enough time to complete your review and revisiting regularly can also help learning professionals to measure progress year on year, highlight areas where improvement is needed and provide evidence to build a business case for change.

We all have blind spots, why does being aware of yours add value?

We all have blind spots, why does being aware of yours add value?

When it comes to organisational culture, performance and learning, blind spots (or as they are often referred to ‘not seeing the light’) are usually found at the root of most of our problems with work today. These problems shape our day to day conversations, thinking, mood, judgement, decisions-making, or fundamental lack of them. These issues can make or break your workplace experience.

Going Beyond Ticking the Box

Going Beyond Ticking the Box

With 56% of organisations reporting that a lack of learner engagement is hindering the success of compliance within the business, it is clear that something needs to be done to highlight the value of these programmes to learners in order for them to engage with the content and retain the information.

Challenging Perceptions

Challenging Perceptions

The corporate learning market is rapidly evolving to meet the ever-changing demands of work and worker. The C-suite and L&D leaders can no longer ignore that over 90 percent of organizations do not realize the full value of their investments.

All you need is Evidence

All you need is Evidence

Every year over $400billion is spent on corporate learning globally, yet only 15% is proven to stick. Investments in learning are continuing to grow year on year but performance impact is not changing. The industry is still struggling to provide real proof of impact, in fact, for the first time our Index is tracking a significant decline. This is causing leaders to have low confidence levels in L&D.

The Towards Maturity Journey: FirstPort

The Towards Maturity Journey: FirstPort

Having clear evidence is a vital starting point in identifying where improvement is needed and backing up your business case for change. We spoke with Emma Smith, Head of Talent at FirstPort Limited, a residential property management company. She had used the Towards Maturity Learning Health Check in a previous role and has now brought this tool to her new organisation in order to help transform their workplace learning culture.

The Towards Maturity Journey: Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company

The Towards Maturity Journey: Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company

Towards Maturity Learning Health Check provides an ideal starting point for organisations wanting to improve their development, by giving clear evidence and comparisons with high-performing learning cultures. To get a real idea of how the Health Check has a proven business impact, we spoke with Robin Lilly, Capabilities and Leadership Development Director of Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company, to hear his experiences.

L&D – Evidence matters but there is an art to gaining buy-in!

L&D – Evidence matters but there is an art to gaining buy-in!

The L&D profession is under pressure to transform and become future-fit in order to stay ahead of the demands of work and workers. The profession is finding it hard to influence and allow their expertise to gain traction, with 78% of L&D professionals saying that their leaders have traditional expectations of L&D that are difficult to challenge.

The Towards Maturity Journey: River Island

The Towards Maturity Journey: River Island

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.

Digital – Does evidence-based L&D matter?

Digital – Does evidence-based L&D matter?

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.

Case Study: Best Learning Technologies Project 2018 (UK commercial Sector)

Case Study: Best Learning Technologies Project 2018 (UK commercial Sector)

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.

3 old habits that L&D need to leave behind

3 old habits that L&D need to leave behind

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.

3 secrets for ensuring behaviour change

3 secrets for ensuring behaviour change

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?

3 fresh ideas to reinvigorate busy learners

3 fresh ideas to reinvigorate busy learners

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 that we need to apply some fresh forward-thinking to recapture the attention of the learners and revive their passion for learning.

Women in Work and Learning

Women in Work and Learning

A spotlight on insights gathered surrounding female learners in the workplace. Through an analysis of over 10,000 work-place learners, it is apparent that there are three key areas where women differ from their male counterparts.

Unleash the power of evidence-based practice with Towards Maturity and Opel-Vauxhall Finance

Unleash the power of evidence-based practice with Towards Maturity and Opel-Vauxhall Finance

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.

How can L&D influence learning culture? – LT Exchange 2019

How can L&D influence learning culture? – LT Exchange 2019

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.

Professionalising learning and development: The CIPD’s new Profession Map and key L&D development needs

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.

Analyst Angle: Pivot points of change

Analyst Angle: Pivot points of change

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.

Analyst Angle: Fifteen years of isolating the facts from the hype

Analyst Angle: Fifteen years of isolating the facts from the hype

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.

The Coaching Culture Story Revealed by Learner Intelligence

The Coaching Culture Story Revealed by Learner Intelligence

Qantas Airway, the flag carrier airline of Australia, is on a learning transformation journey.  Michelle Ockers, an expert learning analyst, worked with Qantas as an independent strategic advisor in 2017.  She utilised the Learner Intelligence programme to help Qantas identify how they could create a modern and engaging learner experience.

The Transformation Journey at a Glance

The Towards Maturity Transformation Journey at a glance. ENDS About Towards Maturity Towards Maturity is an independent research company that provides expert advice and support to help organisations accelerate business performance through learning. It leverages the...

Snapshot of L&D Capability

For L&D to enable a new future of learning, they have identified the key skills and capabilities they will need for the transformation journey, and those that are in place today. ENDS About Towards Maturity Towards Maturity is an independent research company that...
Measuring the benefits of your communication and learning & development strategy

Measuring the benefits of your communication and learning & development strategy

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.

Boost workforce development through microlearning

Boost workforce development through microlearning

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

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.

In Focus: Beyond Blending

In Focus: Beyond Blending

This brand-new report uncovers new insight into the most effective ways to improve formal learning by exploring what successful organisations are doing differently.

Learning Technologies Awards 2018

Learning Technologies Awards 2018

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!

Driving Leadership Capability

Driving Leadership Capability

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’s Transformation Journey

Towards Maturity’s Transformation Journey

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.

In Focus: How to Build and Change Habits in the Workplace

In Focus: How to Build and Change Habits in the Workplace

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?

Embedding Change at West Midlands Police

Embedding Change at West Midlands Police

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.

Top Tips for Building Habits

Top Tips for Building Habits

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.

Organisations need to take Transformation One Step at a Time

Organisations need to take Transformation One Step at a Time

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. It’s also what the ‘The Transformation Curve’, says when it outlines the four stages of maturity – Optimising Training, Taking Control, Letting Go and Sharing Responsibility.

Where is the inflection point?

Where is the inflection point?

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.” 

It’s high time that everyone owns learning

It’s high time that everyone owns learning

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.

First Data Pulse report released

First Data Pulse report released

First Data Pulse report released exploring L&D’s relationship with data and how it can be used more effectively. Earlier this year, an L&D Data Pulse was conducted, with participation from over 150 L&D leaders in a variety of sectors and organisations of all sizes.

L&D’s Relationship with Data

L&D’s Relationship with Data

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.

‘The Transformation Curve’ provides the future roadmap for L&D

‘The Transformation Curve’ provides the future roadmap for L&D

“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”

The Road to Transformation is Not Straightforward

The Road to Transformation is Not Straightforward

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.

Small Steps Leading to Real Change

Small Steps Leading to Real Change

“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.

E-combating disease in sub-Saharan Africa

E-combating disease in sub-Saharan Africa

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.

In Focus: Bridging the Divide

In Focus: Bridging the Divide

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.

Successful Strategies to Crack Staff Engagement

Successful Strategies to Crack Staff Engagement

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’s L&D Pulse

Towards Maturity’s L&D Pulse

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.

How to align learning with the business

How to align learning with the business

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.

The New-Year e-results quiz!

The New-Year e-results quiz!

The late, great Dutch footballer, Johan Cruyff once said, Quality without results is pointless. Results without quality is boring.  As we slip into 2018 this is an excellent place to turn our thoughts to our own e-learning. However beautiful our company strategy, is...
LT 2018 – The Exchange Programme

LT 2018 – The Exchange Programme

Join global experts and practitioners to uncover practical tips for improving your learning strategy. The eXchange programme provides a free opportunity to join Informal, face-to-face group discussions with the top conference speakers at Learning Technologies on 31st...
Celebrations at 2017 Learning Technologies Awards!

Celebrations at 2017 Learning Technologies Awards!

At Towards Maturity we like the ethos: “What life expects of us is that we celebrate,” and at the Learning Technology Awards Gala event on the 29 November we joined 800 people to do just that! The event, that celebrates everything that is praiseworthy within learning...

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