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LAS is an award-winning provider of elearning consultancy, design, development and training services in the UK and internationally. 

Established in 2005 as LearningAge Solutions, we work with some of the best known organisations in the world to boost their performance through the innovative use of learning technologies. Working in partnership with our customers, we draw on proven principles from human behaviour, how people learn and how the brain works to create impactful digital learning solutions with real return on investment.

About Tess Robinson

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Tess is a director of LAS. She has worked in a learning environment for over fifteen years. First, as a senior manager in universities, moving into digital learning seven years ago.

Keeping potential locked up: How to find the key

By Tess Robinson
Posted 19 January 2017

Why oh why is The TM benchmark report – Unlocking Potential - such depressing reading each year! So many good intentions and a stack of really, really compelling evidence on the benefits of implementing learning innovation just don’t seem to be enough for many organisations to secure the support and funding needed to propel them forwards. The gap between the Top Deck organisations, who are reaping the rewards of learning technologies in terms of agility, efficiency, performance and retention, and the rest is growing ever wider. More depressingly, budgets are remaining static and even decreasing.

There is a pressing need for organisations to be agile in the current climate. The pace of technological change, the uncertain political and economic situation in many countries and competition from smaller companies, less burdened by bureaucracy, means that many established organisations really need to up their game. Learning is no longer a ‘nice-to have’ but an essential element of survival and learning
technologies have a vital role to play in the delivery of that learning.

Yet still 2/3 of organisations surveyed by Towards Maturity are not achieving their goals in any of the five categories of learning outcomes – influencing culture, cultivating agility, boosting performance, fine-tuning processes and improving
efficiency. This needs to change!

62% of organisations report that staff lack the skills to manage their own learning. Do they? In fact the report found that 82% of learners know what learning they need and 91% are resourceful and capable of searching for information to help
them do their jobs better. Perhaps it’s time to give your people more credit for managing their own learning.

59% of L&D lack the skills to implement and manage eLearning. This is where professional networks come in. The eLearning Network (eLN) has a fabulous mentoring programme for those starting out in learning technologies. Providers, external consultants and peers in other organisations are also amazing sources of support and guidance. You don’t have to do it on your own and it doesn’t have to be expensive to get started.

58% of line managers are reluctant to encourage new ways of working, but when they do, the results can be truly transformative! Jeff Kortenbosch from AkzoNobel ran an
inspirational session on how they had transformed their learning and repositioned L&D within the organisation at OEB in December. He showed that with a little courage (and a whole load of evidence), it can be done.

The thing is: these could be exciting, transformative times for L&D. This is your moment to step into the limelight and become an essential, strategic partner within your organisations – you can be the ones who truly make the difference. We’d all love to see more organisations benefitting from learning technologies in next year’s report, instead of all these good intentions coming to nothing. Be brave, use the evidence, get support from your networks and make it happen!

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