Since 2010 Qantas Airways has benchmarked its learning strategy with Towards Maturity. This year it’s been working to improve business performance, and create a modern and engaging learning experience.
When there are so many things you could be measuring or reporting on, how do you identify L&D KPIs that the business cares about? Here’s how to turn the heads of your business leaders with metrics that matter.
As organisations turn to mobile solutions to help their staff access learning resources on the go, they will be facing the issue of whether to develop bespoke applications or simply ensure that their content can be viewed effectively via a mobile browser.
Is it me, or are we hurtling through the year at an alarming rate of knots?
Most of today’s learning leaders want to use technology to drive organisational performance. How do we leverage it more effectively to achieve results?
Here’s a quick overview of benchmarking, why you should do it and what you need to get started.
The 2016 Towards Maturity Benchmark Study has been completed. 600 L&D leaders from 48 countries took part and the feedback has been fantastic.
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 can today’s learning leaders teach us about using evidence to support performance and capability? Marnie Threapleton, Head of Advisory Services at Towards Maturity, informs us during this on-demand webinar.
Mindset, behaviour, values and the ability to reflect, change and grow are all valuable characteristics – but are they being nurtured? Kirsty Greany
Laura Overton caught up with Derek Bruce (Head of International Development, ABN AMRO) ahead of their joint session at the CIPD L&D Show, to discuss some of the key aspects affecting learners and the L&D team today, as well as how we can future-proof our learning strategies.
How do you move effectively from project to profit? Matthew Borg, Managing Partner at Acteon, helps us see how to #MakeItHappen with these 3 critical stages.
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.
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.
Laura Overton shares five areas where L&D teams can make a real impact in 2016, along with a new challenge to L&D leaders.
Laura Overton reflects on the year past and gives us a list of ‘let go!’s for the future that can’t be ignored…
If you are planning to transform learning in 2016, we’re offering a free gift to help you make the best decisions for the year ahead.
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.
Do you need to understand how your L&D team shapes up as a business function?
From a business perspective, the focus on data-driven decision making is big news. Research from MIT and IBM showed that analytics trumped intuition every time with top performers five times more likely to be using analytics than low performers.
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.
Entering for awards can provide a great opportunity to reflect on your journey so far and share your success.
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!
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.
Read 6 tips for global L&D leaders and our latest findings on learning strategy in global organisations.
Laura Overton will be speaking at the CIPD L&D show in May. Come and be challenged, inspired and equipped to lead your team into the future.
Towards Maturity’s eXchange once again welcomed Nigel Paine; independent consultant, author, conference speaker, former Head of Learning for the BBC. Here’s what he shared.
How many of us enter the New Year with great visions of increased health & fitness, as we eagerly commit to a year of workouts in the gym? Our expectations and motivation are high, as we determine to get ourselves in tip top condition.
If you want to work smart and refine your strategy this year, these great seminars will help you find the right ideas, goals and tactics to bring you success in 2015. If you missed them, check out the slides below.
Learn about a new event for the Learning Technologies 2015 exhibition in London Olympia, where delegates will gather to generate new ideas & solutions to help modernise learning at work.
Over 100 people shared practical insights at OEB Berlin – here’s what we found out.
In his recent book1 Nigel Paine looks at The Learning Challenge. We invited him to comment on the Towards Maturity 2014-15 Benchmark Report. In this guest blog, he explores 5 areas of synergy with the findings of the Towards Maturity 2014 Benchmark Report:
Nurturing great leadership skills is critical to the future success of all organisations. In a bid to save both time and money, innovative online leadership development programmes have become increasingly popular – but how effective are they?
Dr Chai Patel CBE FRCP, Chairman of HC-One, challenges business and learning leaders to take action in his foreword to the 2014-15 Benchmark Study.
Members of the Charity Learning Consortium have been using the Towards Maturity Model since 2010, as an independent framework to review their current learning practices and compare their results with their peers, both within the sector and beyond. This process not only highlighted common challenges faced amongst members, but also areas of effective practices that needed to be addressed.
It’s official – taking time out to reflect improves job performance. The Harvard Business School has just reported on new research by Francesca Gino and Gary Pisano.
Do you need practical answers for a world demanding innovation?
July 2015 – THIS REPORT HAS NOW BEEN UPDATED, PLEASE GO HERE FOR the LATEST VERSION
In this webinar, Laura Overton discusses one of the modern day challenges of today’s L&D department – how to balance the needs of business and individuals.
LINE, a TM Ambassador, has given a big thumbs up to Towards Maturity’s New Learning Agenda TM Benchmark Report 2013. You know when articles use metaphors based on the Great British Bake off that it’s going to make positive reading!
Towards Maturity’s own Laura Overton is one of a number of e-learning experts to have contributed to a must-read book on e-learning, called The Really Useful eLearning Instruction Manual.
Charles Gould, Managing Director at next generation learning expert Brightwave and Ambassador of Towards Maturity, shares why benchmarking is an essential tool for the L&D profession today.
Foreword to the Towards Maturity Benchmark Report 2013, New Learning Agenda, by Peter Cheese, CEO, CIPD
10 years ago, when we gathered insights for our first report ‘Linking Learning to Business’ (1), the business challenges driving change were, on the surface, similar to today: speed of change, customer retention, revenue growth and efficiency.
In the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills Industry strategy, it recognises that there are a number of industry sectors where government action can have a real and early impact – and education is one of them.
The Personalised Benchmark Report is what sets the Towards Maturity Benchmark apart from any other L&D Survey.
In Towards Maturity’s new In-Focus Report we look at the massive importance of integrating learning into the workplace and the vital position that technology has to play in this role.
Laura Overton shares how formal benchmarking can help L&D leaders become the boost business results and improve learning engagement.
A new In-Focus Report from Towards Maturity introduces the new Towards Maturity Alignment Index to help you Be the Best in supporting workplace priorities.
With more than 20 different languages among our staff and operations in nearly 80 countries, experience has shown me that effective communication and aligned online training across borders is pivotal for business success.
The LINE event at the Royal Institute started off with a number of presentations on a subject that many predict is set to revolutionise the way the world is going to learn and communicate: m-learning!
At a recent LINE event at the Royal Institution Towards Maturity’s own Laura Overton was invited to speak on mobile learning and reflect on its impact upon organisation and strategy.
The Towards Maturity Benchmark has identified that top learning companies are finding creative ways to integrate learning into the workflow and this is having an impact on both business agility and results, but how are they doing it?
Download the new 2013-14 Towards Maturity Benchmark today from related download section at the bottom of this page. Towards Maturity are proud to launch our 2013-14 Towards Maturity Benchmark, which outlines a New Learning Agenda for business and learning leaders to share to deliver 21st century learning that supports the priorities of 21st century learners and organisations.
Driven by the rapidly changing way the people learn in the workplace today, Learning Management Systems have had to keep pace and change in their design and capability to deliver what today’s learner is asking for.
It’s time to revisit your personalised benchmark report to uncover how you can accelerate business results and improve efficiency with learning technologies.
Discover what it takes to combine e-learning and management in order to increase business responsiveness. Article written by Kelly Thomas, Global Head of Sales & Service Learning at Thomson Reuters, who has had first-hand knowledge of implementing elearning solutions.
Sitting down with Wallace and Gromit, the kids, and lots of Easter chocolate offers a great opportunity to put pen to paper for the Towards Maturity newsletter. Though nowadays it’s rarely pen to paper – more like fingers to keypad, which is just another example of how technology quickly becomes deeply embedded in everyday activities.
A group of 17 industry experts, including eight CEOs recently attended benchmarking research company, Towards Maturity’s Ambassador meeting to discuss trends influencing successful learning technology adoption, which will help shape the 2012 benchmark study.
Spotlight – the new Sector Benchmarks, announced by Towards Maturity in January 2012 – have been launched in response to widespread demand for an analysis that drills deeper into the practical issues within individual business sectors. Industries covered in the initial tranche of ‘Spotlight’ reports include:
Think Differently- Share this Infographic of key findings from Boosting Business Agility, the 2011-12 Towards Maturity Benchmark to help you win the hearts and minds of decision makers in your business.
A review of new learning Scenarios developed at Online Educa Berlin 2011
Towards Maturity study reveals how businesses are increasingly investing in learning technologies to become more agile in new economic climate
Table of contents for the 2011-12 Towards Maturity Benchmark Report – Boosting Business Agility
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You don’t need a large team to develop an interactive, user focused learning environment. Neither do you need to create resources if appropriate generic content already exists.
Towards Maturity’s workplace learning expert Laura Overton has appealed to Learning and Development (L&D) professionals to re-assess current orthodoxies and seize opportunities for learners to connect, share and communicate with each other in the latest instalment of Brightwave’s ‘What a difference’ video series.
We invest a lot of time and money into our learning technologies but are often disappointed that our ideas and projects just don’t take root and get embedded into the organisations we support.
Despite indications that the economy is slowly recovering, the pressure to add value, justify cost and deliver results for L&D teams appears to be increasing on a daily basis.
Here are some of the key points from a seminar that we first delivered at Learning Technologies 2011 to over 130 people looking at at 3 simple steps to delivering results with learning technologies. We hope you will find useful in your journey with learning technologies. The session draws on the findings of the 2010-11 Towards Maturity Benchmark.
Looking for external experts to support you in your journey with learning technologies? Take a look at this independant checklist to help you get best value.
Towards Maturity, in association with the Learning and Skills Group – the professional membership arm of the Learning Technologies Conference, has lifted the lid on the learning technologies and how they are used to discover what the future holds.
We are at a stage where innovative thinking isn’t just about being fashionably ahead of the curve, it is becoming a necessity for survival.
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)
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.
Learning in the public sector- Cuts, Change & Collaboration
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.
Why do so many e-learning projects fail? and what can we learn from failure?
In many areas, but particularly for professional sales people, Xerox had always had a great reputation for developing the best people and their training programme was envied by many, but there was an increased belief internally that perhaps they were living off that hard-earned reputation and that while the world around them had changed, perhaps the approach to learning and development hadn’t.
New partnership to provide L&D departments with resources and toolkits to improve the impact of learning technologies in large organisations was announced at Learning Technologies 2010 today.
Elnet, the e-learning network of Australasia, launched a new journal on the 22nd of December 09, Impact – Journal of Applied Research in Workplace E-learning.
Winner of the silver award in the e-learning Awards for 2009, this case study explores how Boots UK overcame some enormous challenges in adopting e-learning throughout the organisation, and the many benefits that this new approach to learning has brought.
We are pleased to include the story of how Ford has met the training needs of their pan-European network of dealers as part of Towards Maturity’s Evidence for Change programme.
The Institute of IT Training’s National Conference and Exhibition attracted nearly 200 learning and development professionals hungry to network and gather ideas to help them thrive in times of adversity and deliver more with less.
The aim of the L&D 2020 project is to explore how Learning & Development in organisations might change over the next five to ten years, particularly focusing on the implications for L&D professionals.
The importance of skills in Third Sector organisations, together with their need to improve efficiency in the current economic climate has meant that a significant number of charities, not for profit and voluntary organisations are turning to learning technology to help deliver more skills but with less resources.
Brightwave are a leading provider of engaging e-learning and have been an active supporter and invaluable contributor via our Community of Excellence to the Towards Maturity project since our inception, primarily by providing employer-based success stories.
Kineo have established themselves as one of the leaders in the field of e-learning and are an active supporter and invaluable contributor via our Community of Excellence to the Towards Maturity project, primarily by providing employer-based success stories.
Shortlisted for ‘Blended Learning Solution of the Year’ at the WOLCE Awards in November 2008, receiving a ‘Special Mention Commendation’ at the e-learning awards 2008 for “Excellence in the production of learning content” and now the winner of the UK National Training Award, this case study provides a fascinating insight into a complex blended learning programme dealing with sensitive subject matter, large scale implementation with many first time users.
Are Virtual Worlds a serious contender as a corporate learning tool?
Our latest interview with Wendy Stubbs, Learning Innovation Manager at British Airways looks at the learning journeys that both she and BA have been taking over the last decade.
How are learning and development budgets fairing at the moment?
Individuals with responsibility for implementing learning technologies in their own workplace were invited to participate in the Towards Maturity Benchmark between October and November 2008.
Next Generation Learning @ Work interview with Charles Jennings discusses Thomson Reuters Global Learning Strategy
We were thrilled to talk to Charles Jennings , winner of the outstanding contribution to the learning Industry at Wolce this year just before Christmas.
How can learning technologies help organisations to manage change?
With job cuts perhaps on the way and a drive to cut costs here are eight ways trainers can preserve the one and deliver the other.
“One of the biggest business turnarounds attempted in British Industry in the last 50 years” is how the Sunday Times described Cable&Wireless.