Our Ultimate Guide to Learning Technologies 2017

Our Ultimate Guide to Learning Technologies 2017

Towards Maturity will be at stand H24 of the Learning Technologies Exhibition this year. Read on to find out what we’re up to, download our Ultimate Guide and be in for a chance to win £1,000 worth of Sector Benchmark Group membership at the show.

Industry Responses to Unlocking Potential

Industry Responses to Unlocking Potential

On 17 November, we launched our annual Learning Benchmark Report – Unlocking Potential. At the VIP preview, we asked people how the insights shared in this year’s report can help businesses get more out of learning. Hear what they have to say and see who’s blogged about the report so far.

Our Recommended Christmas Reading 2016

Our Recommended Christmas Reading 2016

Here are some last minute stocking fillers penned by our wonderful Towards Maturity Supporters for all L&D professionals looking to push the boundaries in 2017. Feel free to share! Performance-Focused Smile Sheets: A Radical Will Thalheimer  In this book, Will...
From A to B: How to Transform Formal Learning

From A to B: How to Transform Formal Learning

This guide will give you clear guidance about how to do three things: improve the learner journey through formal learning, use technology to improve the effectiveness of face-to-face training and design formal learning to speed up the application of learning.

What Not to Miss at this Year’s World of Learning

Towards Maturity are proud to support the World of Learning Show that takes place on 19-20 October 2016 at the NEC, Birmingham. In this guide, we feature what caught our attention as we took a look through the broad range of sessions on offer.

From A to B: Creating a strategy that supports learning in the workflow

From A to B: Creating a strategy that supports learning in the workflow

Early indicators from this year’s Benchmark show that L&D leaders want to support staff where it matters most – directly in the workplace. The vast majority (91%) of those who benchmarked early this year are looking to integrate learning into the workflow. That is a rise up from 80% last year- so how do we make that work?

The Millennial Challenge: Can We Make Them Stay?

The Millennial Challenge: Can We Make Them Stay?

The average Millennial employee only stays with a single employer for an average of three years. A business that isn’t making the most of the opportunities that this bright new talent provides will ultimately fall behind, so being able to overcome the Millennial challenge is vital. What can L&D do?

Practitioner Tips from the CIPD L&D show

Practitioner Tips from the CIPD L&D show

Preparing for the future of learning – Practitioner tips from the CIPD L&D show
At the CIPD L&D show last month Laura Overton (Towards Maturity) and Derek Bruce (ABN AMRO) discussed how L&D staff can prepare for the future of learning. The L&D profession has come a long way in the past five years. We are better able to create engaging online content, more aware of technology enabled learning, and are working to ensure they are more aligned to the needs of the business. Still, there is more to be done, and we as L&D know it.

9 Top Deck Tips to Prepare You for the Future of Learning

9 Top Deck Tips to Prepare You for the Future of Learning

Modern Business is becoming more global, fast paced, complex and fluid. Modern staff are increasingly connected, curious, tech-savvy and self directed. Are today’s L&D teams prepared for what that means for learning in the future? Here’s 9 tips inspired by Top Deck L&D teams.

What Not to Miss at the CIPD L&D Show 2016

Read on for our recommended stops at the fast approaching CIPD Learning & Development Show at London Olympia. We highlight some of the best bits coming up – here’s what not to miss and where you can find great giveaways. If you’re looking to make the most of your valuable time at the show, we’ve got the schedule for you.

Learning Impact: A Progress Update

Learning Impact: A Progress Update

Making an impact with learning and development has been the bedrock of our research programme since 2003. How can L&D impact both organisational and business performance and what are the tactics of the most successful organisations?

How To Improve our Performance Consultancy Skills: Key Takeaways from the CLC Seminar

Nigel Harrison is a performance consultant with over 30 years’ experience in helping organisations to set up internal consulting groups using workshops, coaching and problem solving. At the CLC Members’ Seminar on 17 March 2016, we were inspired by his thoughts on how to improve performance consulting skills. Aimee Young writes about how learning leaders can challenge the ‘quick fix’ syndrome when being asked to come up with business solutions.

Training Journal Interview reveals the History and Values Behind Towards Maturity

Training Journal Interview reveals the History and Values Behind Towards Maturity

In February, our CEO and Founder Laura Overton was featured in Training Journal’s ‘Spotlight On…’ series of interviews – if you’re curious about the history of Towards Maturity and how it has become an independent voice in the world of L&D, the article provides some key highlights in our journey and explains why Laura founded the organisation.

The Four Responsibilities of the Learning Professional

A note from Laura Overton: ” We invited Clive Sheperd, author of More than Blended Learning to share this guest blog as part of our #MakeItHappen campaign. Clive has been a long-standing supporter of Towards Maturity providing independent insights that have ensured our reseach continues to evolve. We wholeheartedly endorse the challenges he is making to the industry and establishing a professional attitude is an essential element of equipping our teams for change’

Building a Global Learning Culture

Building a learning culture that impacts individual and business performance is the holy grail of most L&D leaders. How do we shift the mindset of business leaders and learners- especially when they are scattered around the globe? How do we transition from delivering online courses to creating an environment that stimulates sharing, communication and learning as a matter of course?

Towards Maturity Impact Indicators

Towards Maturity Impact Indicators

Everyone is talking about using learning innovation to help deliver more with less but how does your approach compare with others? Does it really deliver? Here is the history behind the Towards Maturity Impact indicators, along with 3 tips for using them to build business buy-in.

Make an Impact in 2016: Starting with LT16

If you want to know how to make an impact in 2016 – check out what Towards Maturity are up to at Learning Technologies. Despite the fact nine out of ten learning professionals are looking to transform learning culture and improve business agility, productivity...

Adventitious Learning at Café Africa

As a part of Towards Maturity’s world tour for 2015, we had the pleasure of participating at LRMG’s Café Africa event. Held in Mauritius, it was a great venue for bringing great people together.

Congratulations to the 2015 E-learning Awards Winners!

We booked out a table to celebrate with the L&D industry’s finest in 2015. Over 700 guests gathered last night at the e-learning awards to celebrate the very best of learning for work. After an evening of riské comedy intros and a lot of epic music, we were informed on the winners drawn from the biggest ever shortlist of 145 projects.

7 Mindset Shifts on Learning from the CLC Conference

We joined the Charity Learning Consortium and over 100 charity sector L&D professionals for their annual conference and awards ceremony at the Grange City Hotel in London. Each presenter challenged us to think differently about our role as L&D leaders. Here are 7 key mindset shifts that L&D needs to make based on the things presented throughout the day.

Embracing Change: The L&D Leader’s Perspective

Dave Buglass, Head of Capability and Learning at Tesco Bank ‘The most significant question for an HR professional to ask a business leader is, “How can I help you deliver what’s really important to the business?”’

Most Businesses Not Yet Benefiting From Technology-Enabled Ethics and Compliance Training

London, UK: Today, Towards Maturity announced the findings of a new study sponsored by SAI Global, which found that despite an environment of record regulatory enforcements and personal liability for senior executives, most organisations are still applying a check-box approach to ethics and compliance training and failing to achieve the business goals they set out. This raises serious considerations for companies as they implement their programmes, with ethics and compliance failures continuing to dominate headlines.

The 3 Needs of Corporate Learning, Part 3: L&D Team Needs

In the lead up to the launch of the 2015 Towards Maturity Benchmark Report on 5th November, we’ll be exploring three areas of need for corporate learning that have emerged from the data we’ve analysed this year. They are the needs of the business, its learners and its L&D leaders.

9 Takeaways from DevLearn 2015

We hit the ground running in Las Vegas at the end of September as we joined 2,800 L&D professionals at DevLearn for the first time. Marnie Threapleton and I started the Towards Maturity world tour in this crazy town in the middle of the desert.

The 3 Needs of Corporate Learning, Part 2: Learner Needs

In the lead up to the launch of the 2015 Towards Maturity Benchmark Report on 5th November, we’ll be exploring three areas of need for corporate learning that have emerged from the data we’ve analysed this year. They are the needs of the business, its learners and its L&D leaders.

The 3 Needs of Corporate Learning, Part 1: Business Needs

In the lead up to the launch of the 2015 Towards Maturity Benchmark Report on 5th November, we’ll be exploring three areas of need for corporate learning that have emerged from the data we’ve analysed this year. They are the needs of the business, its learners and its L&D leaders.

10 Hidden Secrets of Top Performing L&D Teams

Accelerated change, moving technologies, globally diverse audiences, increasing demand. We’ve been talking about these and other pressures that senior L&D leaders face for decades. The trouble is that the pressures are not going away. Today’s L&D leaders must align learning to needs, move quickly to improve performance, and add value. They are increasingly looking to technology to help. 

Press: Towards Maturity Announces New 70:20:10 Performance Improvement Benchmarks

Since 2003, the Towards Maturity Benchmark Study™ has provided L&D leaders with confidential, individual feedback to improve the performance of their organisation, staff and L&D team. Now, the Personalised Benchmark Report™ received by all benchmark participants will include brand new indicators to demonstrate the extent to which L&D functions are implementing the 70:20:10 framework in their organisation.

Bringing Learning to the Boardroom

Many L&D leaders today struggle to engage the C-level in their organisations, meaning that it can be difficult to get learning on the boardroom agenda. Here are crowdsourced ideas from L&D leaders on how to use evidence more effectively to bring the subject of learning into the boardroom.

GiveBackUK: An Interview with Martin Baker

How do you help the overwhelming majority of charities that have no budget whatsoever for L&D? You create free resources for them! That’s what Martin Baker is doing – he spoke to us about GivebackUK, the not for profit organisation he’s masterminded to create free, high quality video learning especially for the third sector.

What is Influencing the Future of L&D?

You are wrong if you are expecting me to start crystal-ball gazing to identify the future shape of corporate learning and development. At Towards Maturity, we’re in the privileged position of being able to share some early insights into real evidence of how L&D leaders see the future unfolding.

Why Analytics Trumps Intuition in Today’s L&D

From a business perspective, the focus on data-driven decision making is big news. Research from MIT and IBM[1] showed that analytics trumped intuition every time with top performers five times more likely to be using analytics than low performers.

Fortune Favours the Bold! How L&D Can Open New Conversations with Business

Aligning learning with business is the hot topic in learning and development. L&D leaders have got a vision for modernising learning and achieving great things, but many business leaders still think we are there to take orders for courses. Armed with new models of learning and new tools proven to the do the job, it is time to challenge their assumptions. This article explores how we can summon the courage to do it.

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