What skills are needed by L&D professionals in 2017?

What skills are needed by L&D professionals in 2017?

How can you remain relevant and, more importantly, competent, when faced with an avalanche of constant change? While shifts happen slowly and incrementally within the world of L&D outside change is moving fast and this contrast creates anxiety for L&D...
How can L&D use technology to become more strategic?

How can L&D use technology to become more strategic?

The Learning Technologies show was busy this year with 100s of suppliers of technology solutions, alongside traditional L&D providers, all vying for the attention of passing visitors. But despite the hype and extravagance on show many visitors expressed doubts...
How to start and grow internal networks

How to start and grow internal networks

Networking has always been a source of real value to organisations. Networks are so much more adaptable to change than rigid structures, and technology can amplify and enable existing networks. However, if you don’t give people the reason to connect and...
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...
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...
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...
How Understanding the Science of Learning Can Help L&D

How Understanding the Science of Learning Can Help L&D

We caught up with Occupational Psychologist Gary Luffman of Think.Change! at the CIPD Conference to find out more about how applying the fundamentals of learning science could impact learner behaviour. Change. It’s a word so commonly used in the context of...
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? One area that has grabbed our...
Learning How to Learn: 37 Tips for L&D Professionals

Learning How to Learn: 37 Tips for L&D Professionals

L&D is changing so rapidly and so profoundly that no-one in the profession can afford to let their professional development slide. Here’s 37 tips from Laura Overton for keeping yourself on the cutting edge. L&D is definitely guilty of ‘cobbler’s...

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...

Our Recommended Christmas Reading 2015

Add these books to your Christmas list if you are looking for insights and inspiration to take you and your L&D strategy into 2016. Here are some last minute stocking fillers penned by our wonderful Towards Maturity Supporters for all L&D...

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...

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...

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...

Transforming L&D: How to Build the Right Skills for Success

We grapple with the continuing issue of building skills in the L&D team, offering advice on how to get started and make progress. Learning and development teams have big aspirations to transform learning and performance in their organisations, but there are big...

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...

7 Practical Tips for Building the Skills of Your L&D Team

Whether you are an individual or team of 100, one thing is clear: times are changing and the skills in our L&D teams need to evolve.  New learning models, constantly changing technology tools and an increasing demand from customers means that there is often...

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...
How Benchmarking Brought Change at FirstGroup

How Benchmarking Brought Change at FirstGroup

Do you need to understand how your L&D team shapes up as a business function? Niall Gavin, Group Head of Technology Assisted Learning at FirstGroup plc, used the Towards Maturity Benchmark to clarify the role of L&D in FirstGroup, and to gather the evidence of...
2015 Retail Sector Benchmark Report

2015 Retail Sector Benchmark Report

Retailers are improving revenue, productivity and behavioural change amongst employees as a result of adopting technology-enabled learning, but there is still more opportunity to be had. The 2015 Sector Benchmark Report for Retail is now available to download at the...

Optimising L&D Performance

Everyone is talking about it – DATA! Big data, little data, HR, talent learning analytics of every kind. You name it, somebody somewhere is counting it. But why the big fuss? From a business perspective, the focus on data-driven decision-making is big news. Research...

#BetaData: Findings from the Latest Compliance Study

At Towards Maturity, we like to create a buzz by sharing the latest findings. We thought you would be interested in these trends, taken the first participants in this year’s compliance benchmark. The study is still open for a few days and there is also...

5 Reasons not to miss the CIPD L&D show

If you are in the middle of modernising your L&D strategy, here are 5 reasons not to miss the CIPD L&D conference at Olympia next week!   13-14 May, London Olympia   The CIPD L&D show is just a week away and we’ve been scouring the agenda...
The Learner Voice: Part 2

The Learner Voice: Part 2

The Learner Voice series aims to help L&D leaders challenge their assumptions about workplace learning and to identify new opportunities to connect with and engage their staff. Direct Learner insights have been drawn from the Towards Maturity Learning Landscape...

Evolving L&D at Barnardos

Towards Maturity and the CIPD have recently launched a new report L&D Evolving Roles:Enhancing Skills that considers the future direction of L&D and the skills that they need to get there. The report included a number of detailed interviews including this one...

Evolving L&D at Mattel

Towards Maturity and the CIPD have recently launched a new report L&D Evolving Roles:Enhancing Skills that considers the future direction of L&D and the skills that they need to get there. The report included a number of detailed interviews including this one...
L&D: Evolving Roles, Enhancing Skills

L&D: Evolving Roles, Enhancing Skills

New CIPD/Towards Maturity research looks at the skills gaps that need to be addressed if L&D are to respond more effectively to change. In last year’s Modernising Learning: Delivering Results report, we see that whilst the L&D community is more ambitious than...

Creating Impact Through L&D Business Partnering

Towards Maturity Ambassador DPG launches new L&D Business Partner programme Effective L&D Business Partners will have a significant impact on both your organisation and on the credibility of the L&D profession, according to Towards Maturity Ambassador, DPG...

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