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...
Pause for thought…or hurtle on regardless?

Pause for thought…or hurtle on regardless?

Is it me, or are we hurtling through the year at an alarming rate of knots?  Big plans that were developed at the beginning of the year are still in the ‘big plans’ book. Hopes and aspirations seem to have been pushed aside, as we attempt to keep on top of...
How To Benchmark Your L&D Strategy (and Why)

How To Benchmark Your L&D Strategy (and Why)

Here’s a quick overview of benchmarking, why you should do it and what you need to get started. What is benchmarking? Benchmarking is the process of comparing your business processes and performance metrics with those of other organisations. The Towards Maturity...
Leadership and management matters, obviously

Leadership and management matters, obviously

Mindset, behaviour, values and the ability to reflect, change and grow are all valuable characteristics – but are they being nurtured? Kirsty Greany While it’s easy to slip on the rose-tinted glasses when looking at the challenges of business 20 years ago,...
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...

Why L&D need to FOCUS to move on

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. “We stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one...

Why L&D need to let go to move on!

Laura Overton reflects on the year past and gives us a list of ‘let go!’s for the future that can’t be ignored… As one year finished and a new one began, we were treated to a plethora of articles on what’s next, what’s trending and what is not...

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. The synergy of values and ethos was clear to see, with the headline of...
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...

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. It looks like the...
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...

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. The report included a number of detailed interviews including this one...

Gaining Global Buy-in: New Learning Research Insights

  Read 6 tips for global L&D leaders and our latest findings on learning strategy in global organisations.    With businesses and brands becoming more global, teams are often dispersed around the world. Because the work environment is volatile,...

Are you Equipped to Lead L&D into the Future?

  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.        The session will cover:  L&D’s place in the VUCA world and it’s role in...

Speed, Innovation, Change: How to Meet the Learning Challenge

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. Nigel set the eXchange in the context of his new book “The Learning Challenge”. He...

Brand New Event for LT15: Generate

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.  Generate – powered by Training Zone and Towards Maturity In this...

“The Learning Challenge” by Nigel Paine

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:...

New Study Launch on Leadership Development

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? Maintaining and...

How benchmarking boosts results in the charity sector

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...

Resource: How to Transform Learning

Do you need practical answers for a world demanding innovation? On 18th July, a group of L&D leaders from some of the world’s leading organisations joined LEO and Towards Maturity to identify how we can transform learning for a world demanding innovation.  In...
In-Focus: Aligning Learning to Business (2014)

In-Focus: Aligning Learning to Business (2014)

Updated Aligning Learning to Business Report July 2015 – THIS REPORT HAS NOW BEEN UPDATED, PLEASE GO HERE FOR the LATEST VERSION Original article:  Yesterday’s The CIPD/Cornerstone On Demand Learning and Development report 2014 showed that the top two...

LINE gives TM Benchmark Report 2013 a big thumbs up

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 metephors based on the Great British Bake off that it’s going to make positive reading! In John Helmar’s...

The Really Useful eLearning Instruction Manual

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. About the book Technology has revolutionised every aspect of our lives and...
New Learning Agenda – Talent:Technology:Change

New Learning Agenda – Talent:Technology:Change

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...

The LMS of “Now” and how you can leverage it

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. The LMS of “Now” have moved quickly to become a more...

Become a top learning company in 2013

It’s time to revisit your personalised benchmark report to uncover how you can accelerate business results and improve efficiency with learning technologies. The expectations from learning technologies are higher than ever this year, but achieving success across all...

Top tips for encouraging social learning at work

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...

Sector benchmarks help you build performance

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...

Boosting Business Agility – Table of Contents

Table of contents for the 2011-12 Towards Maturity Benchmark Report – Boosting Business Agility The full report, executive summary and Longitudinal data tables is now available for download at www.towardsmaturity.org/2011benchmark. The study looks at effective...

Launch of 2011-12 Towards Maturity Benchmark

Towards Maturity study reveals how businesses are increasingly investing in learning technologies to become more agile in new economic climate The UK’s largest learning technology benchmark study reveals 77% of companies believe that learning technologies will help...

Towards Maturity celebrates Macmillan Cancer support

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. Macmillan Cancer Support achieved success by staying focused, by bringing together a range...

Brightwave Interview with Laura Overton

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...

10 ideas for spring cleaning your e-learning garden

 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. So, inspired by the signs of growth in our parks and gardens, it...

How to work with external e-learning experts

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.   At some point in time, most organisations turn to external experts for an extra helping hand but...

Accelerating Performance – Launch of 2010 TM Benchmark

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....

Improve performance at Business Educa Berlin

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.  Our existing ideas need to be challenged and we need to be open to new approaches  and that is one of the...

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

First published July 2010 – Last updated Dec 2014 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...

Learning innovation in the public sector

Learning in the public sector- Cuts, Change & Collaboration Well it has been an interesting first few weeks as the new coalition government is bedding in. The message clearly is that things are going to be different moving forward as the government  takes ‘...

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. With...

33 Reasons Why e-Learning Projects Fail

Why do so many e-learning projects fail? and what can we learn from failure? Failures in the Public Sector have, in general, been well documented and the Megatrends report documents these very well; together with a list of recommendations to decrease the chance of...

Re-engineering L&D for effective performance at Xerox Europe

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...

Towards Maturity announces new partnership with Elearnity

Towards Maturity announces new partnership with Elearnity 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. Towards...

Thriving in adversity – doing more with less

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. This conference round up provides a...

L&D 2020: the future of workplace learning

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. It was clear that the role of the traditional trainer...
Towards Maturity  Benchmark for Third Sector

Towards Maturity Benchmark for Third Sector

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...

Virtual Worlds – a serious learning contender?

Virtual Worlds – A Serious Contender for Learning Are Virtual Worlds a serious contender as a corporate learning tool? The evidence shows that they are already a useful tool for Higher Education; over 80% of Higher Education institutes in the UK are users of Virtual...

Next Generation Learning at work in British Airways

  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. Learning technology not only provided efficiencies (with projects saving over 80%...

Driving Business Benefits – Sector Benchmark launched

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. Over 300 organisations took part and 7 sectors had 25 or more organisations...

Recession beating tips

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.  1. Introduce e-coaching supported by a shared working tool. Getting virtual teams to work better together speeds up...

7 Lessons on FE leadership

The Centre for Excellence in 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...

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...

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