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.

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.

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: 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

‘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”

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.

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.

In Focus: Driving Performance & Productivity

In Focus: Driving Performance & Productivity

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.

The Pensions Regulator

Terry Clayworth, Manager, Regulated Community Learning,looks at how The Pensions Regulator decided to use e-learning to help them address the challenge of reaching 100,000 trustees in a wide range of large and small businesses.He outlines practical lessons on

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.

Evolving L&D at McDonald’s

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.

Evolving L&D at PwC

Evolving L&D at PwC

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.

Building on Strong Foundations at the Priory Group

For the past eight years, Foundations for Growth (FfG), a blended corporate learning programme, has empowered specialist care provider Priory to deliver comprehensive and effective staff training, and to achieve outstanding business benefits.

Barnardos delivers e-learning excellence

Schedule time to TAKE PART  in the Towards Maturity Benchmark 2013 today to help you #BETHEBEST13.
This award winning case study of a top quartile performer demonstrates just how to achieve excellence on a limited budget!

Mastering live online learning

Delegates from across the private, public and not for profit sectors, joined us today in a complimentary webinar supported by REDTRAY where we discussed the results of the UK’s first research into virtual classroom training: ‘Harnessing the power of live online learning’, delivered in partnership by REDTRAY and Towards Maturity.

Tips for establishing a local champion network from the National Autistic society

The National Autistic Society (NAS) is the UK’s leading charity for people affected by autism. Today the NAS has over 19,000 members and 100 local branches – each providing a wide range of advice, information, support and specialist services to around 100,000 people. As a consequence of the range of services and support they offer, their 3,000 strong workforce is extremely diverse and has a wide geographic spread.

Delivering results – practical ideas to increase stakeholder engagement

Delivering results with learning technologies – getting there faster and smarter. The first joint Towards Maturity in association with the British Institute for Learning and Development (the BILD)- Delivering results with learning technologies – getting there faster and smarter was held on the 12th of April and led by Laura Overton. 

L&D 2020 – a guide for next decade

 We are great supporters of TJ’s research L&D 2020 that explores the ways in which the L&D profession need to operate in the future to support changing business needs more successfully

Cable & Wireless Worldwide’s – flexible learning for business advantage

Cable&Wireless Worldwide can never be accused of standing still – change seems to be second nature for the organisation and when TM last spoke with Mike Booth, their Learning Technologies Manager,  he shared how the organisation’s learning services had dramatically changed to allow them to be more nimble and responsive to the learning needs of their colleagues (you can download the original case study below)

L&D Benchmarks – is time to raise the bar?!

As a business improvement process, benchmarking has been around since the early 90’s and is now considered vital in the private and public sector as a tool to improve operational performance and enable strategic re-positioning.

Justice Academy at MoJ

Mergers and organisational re-alingnments means people find themselves working in new teams and structures. They need a common sense of purpose and a sense of belonging to something new. Learning and Development is the key enabler of this unification process.

National School of Government reaches ¼ million learners

The National School of Government faced the challenge of delivering learning on data security right across Government, all departments and many individuals. The audience were very diverse, the programme had to be suitable for all civil servants, of all grades – most senior to most junior, specialists, military, administrative and support staff.

Impact of Leadership at Hammonds Furniture

The leadership and involvement of top management in e-learning matters; in 2007 the Towards Maturity study  (page 37) showed that organisations where Directors were directly involved in e-learning estimated a 43% improvement in business impact over those where Directors were not involved.

Skills of Project Management

Classroom trainers are experienced in responding to the needs of individual learners, in being flexible, in changing content. Their skill includes having a store of responses, different exercises, different topics which enables a flexibility of content.

Building Foundations for Growth at the Priory Group

Over the past 4 years, Toward Maturity have been tracking the progress of the Priory Group’s journey with e-learning. Priory Group is one of Europe’s leading providers of independent mental health care for acute, secure, rehabilitation and specialist educational services. It depends on the skills of a huge diversity of staff ranging from clinicians to chefs, which present a daunting learning and development challenge.

Introducing e-learning to SABMiller

Over the past 20 years SABMiller has grown rapidly from its original South African base into a truly global player. Today the organisation is the world’s 2nd largest brewer, with brewing interests or major distribution agreements in over 60 countries spread across six continents.

Training Quality Standard

The Training Quality Standard: what is it? TQS helps training providers deliver learning solutions that make an impact on an employer’s business. It is an accredited Quality Mark but the real benefit is that it drives a dialogue between a provider and an employer. This was clear from a CFE event for training providers delivered in London on 28th April 2009.

NCALT – award winning e-learning

In the 2008 e-learning Awards the National Centre of Applied Learning Technologies (NCALT) achieved unprecedented success as winner of the ‘e-learning industry award for outstanding achievement – corporate’, Gold Winner for ‘Excellence in the Production of Learning Content’ and earning ‘Special Mention’ in the ‘Best e-learning project securing widespread adoption’.

Driving change at Toyota Motor Europe

Toyota Motor Europe NV/SA (TME) oversees the wholesale sales and marketing of Toyota and Lexus vehicles, parts and accessories, and Toyota’s European manufacturing and engineering operations.

Hints and tips for demonstrating value

What gets your work noticed by stakeholders and peers back at work? What helps you increase engagement? What helps secure your budget in times of turmoil? The ability to demonstrate value!

7 Lessons on FE leadership

The Centre for Excellence in Leadership has a task to transform the provision of learning through the Further Education and Skills sector.  One of their strategic projects is to help leaders in FE manage and lead the new technology agenda in learning.

Transforming Customer Service at Johnson Controls

This fascinating case study provides insight on a shared transformation plan between Johnson Controls (JCI) and Barclays Bank using QuickWins from Relay Consultants that has transformed Customer Service and driven innovation through a unique Change Management process.

More practical tips for engaging learners and managers

Our research has shown that learners and managers are the most critical stakeholders for success but are the toughest to engage. I recently took part in a workshop for the Learning and Skills group to see how we can improve engagement with these audiences and this article covers a few of the practical ideas that were discussed on the day and additional resources available.

Superquinn – new skills for Irish supermarket staff

In 2007 Irish supermarket chain Superquinn took on the challenge of implementing training via e-learning throughout its stores. As winners of best e-learning project securing widespread adoption, we look at how e-learning became such a success for the business.

Quick Introduction to Towards Maturity

The January edition of Training Journal  includes a short article revealing the main findings of the ongoing e-skillsUK study on Maturity in e-learning.  The article gives a short summary of the method and approach to the original study as well as supporting evidence outlined in the case studies and podcasts on this website; demonstrating that both theory and practice lead to the same conclusions.

10 tips for communicating with learners

Towards Maturity is all about helping each other improve the impact of technology assisted learning in the workplace. The toughest challenge is engaging staff with learning in this way, particularly with all the pressures they have on their time.

making e-learning work

This article appeared in Learning Technologies Magazine in October and is very useful for any organisation looking to improve adoption of their technology assisted learning.

Reuters (Video Short summary)

Charles Jennings took part in a recent interview with the Towards Maturity project team to look discuss how technology is being used to support the needs of the knowledge worker in the 21st century.

Reuters Interview Part 1

Charles Jennings took part in a recent interview with the Towards Maturity project team to look discuss how technology is being used to support the needs of the knowledge worker in the 21st century.

Reuters Interview Part 2

Charles Jennings took part in a recent interview with the Towards Maturity project team to look discuss how technology is being used to support the needs of the knowledge worker in the 21st century.

BT – mobile learning for field engineers

This case study looks at how BT addressed the challenges of providing and monitoring learning for 30,000 field engineers. It looks at the challenges that were addressed in meeting the needs of a dispersed audience and outlines the practicalities of using the mobile phone to provide and assess learning. BT were shortlisted in the e-learning awards 2006 for this implementation

NTL

When ntl, the UK’s leading broadband company, wanted to update its online induction programme in line with its professional, progressive, innovative image, it opted for TATA Interactive Systems’ revolutionary, intuitive interface approach which not only caters for individuals’ preferred learning styles but also gives them the responsibility and motivation for succeeding in their learning task. More details….

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