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In today’s business world, many employees are taking the reins when it comes to gaining new skills and knowledge. But what role do employers play in ensuring their employees flourish? And how does technology fit in? In a Towards Maturity analysis, sponsored by Developing People Globally, Laura Overton and Genny Dixon discuss why formal learning will remain a core component of the learning process. getAbstract recommends this summary to all HR professionals, business leaders, learning consultants and workplace educators.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why the “leaner journey” is important,
  • How to develop an effective formal training program and
  • How to help employees transfer what they’ve learned to their work.

About the Authors

Laura Overton is the managing director at Towards Maturity, where Genny Dixon, PhD, is the head of research.



According to the 70:20:10 model of learning and development, 90% of everything you learn comes from experiences and relationships – only 10% comes from courses or training. But that doesn’t mean that formal learning is dead. In fact, 76% of learners say they want to learn so they can do their jobs “better or faster.”

What matters to most people is when and how they learn: Some 88% of employees said they would prefer to study “at their own pace.” For businesses, that means adapting traditional training programs to meet the needs of the 21st-century workforce. To get the most...

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