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Towards Maturity Sector Benchmark Groups

Become part of a supportive community by joining the Towards Maturity Sector Benchmark  Groups™

Our Sector Benchmark Groups help like-minded peers connect and collaborate face-to-face, combining research and experience to address performance issues.

The overall aim of the benchmarking groups is to use informal and formal benchmarking in order to identify and address specific issues that relate to the sector in a focused way.

They focus on Alignment to business needs; Change management; Increasing Agility; Improving Performance and helping drive Transformation.

Sector Benchmark Groups currently include:

  • Retail
  • Finance
  • Professional Services
  • IT & Telecoms
  • Cross-sector (once per year)  

Join here to participate in our next Sector Benchmark Group meeting.


Why Have Sector Groups? 

Challenging market and economic conditions demand action that differentiates your performance and results from the norm. Experience proves that insight and learning from others' success and challenges can deliver that differentiation.

Attendance supports business impact improvement, faster, prioritised decision making on strategic and tactical activities and includes an invaluable opportunity to network and learn from sector specific colleagues who have addressed challenges in a similar environment.

In each of the wider discussions, we will consider practical hints and tips on how to get started and how to overcome common challenges.

To support you in your quest to be top performers, Towards Maturity has set up these Sector Benchmark Groups.

In each of the wider discussions, we will consider practical hints and tips on how to get started and how to overcome common challenges.

Participants will have plenty of opportunity to draw on the collective wisdom of the group and the TM team will also be able to provide practical insights from the top learning companies from beyond the sector who have participated in the Towards Maturity Benchmark Study

A follow up paper will also be available to all Group Benchmark participants from the meetings that capture the practical insights and lessons learned from the event.


Benefits of Sector Benchmarking Groups:

  • Premium Membership included for the Benchmark Centre. This online tool gives you 24/7 access to personalised benchmarking and over 200 resources.
  • 3x half-day facilitated benchmark review and networking sessions within 12 months for one delegate, to collaborate on action areas and collective issues and concerns arising from the Benchmark (value £600).
  • Access to Sector Benchmark Reports, providing sector specific insight into top quartile performance and sector wide opportunities (value £200).
  • A 10% discount on additional services from Towards Maturity (Strategic Review, Learning Landscape Audit, Enterprise Benchmarking implementations) (min. value £500).
  • Results from the current Benchmarking Study will be discussed specific to the sector as well as the wider sectors
  • Formal Benchmarking with senior-level peers – a Personalised Benchmark Report as well as comparison of performance against peers and across the wider sector that identifies action areas


Example topics identified by the sector groups to be discussed:

  • Compliance
    o    The move from measuring compliance completions to measuring performance behaviour  
    o    Input from FCA/PRA – how to convince the general council of the way forward/ challenging the regulators
  • Stakeholder engagement
    o    Engaging senior executives to support change
    o    Governance and structure
    o    Overcoming IT constraints
  • Building L&D capability
    o    What are key capabilities of L&D? e.g. commercial acumen
    o    How to develop consulting skills
    o    How to increase agility within teams and for the business
    o    Gaming Design vs. gamification
    o    Balance of in house vs. outsourced suppliers
    o    What knowledge exists within design function
  • New learning models
    o    How are they working in other sectors e.g. retail?
    o    How do academies/communities of practice work for others
    o    Social learning in the sector – opportunities and overcoming barriers
  • Learning impact
    o    How do we demonstrate value more effectively?
    o    How do we understand impact on the frontline
    o    How do we understand impact at an individual level
    o    How understand success of new models of learning
How to joinGo to the shop and purchase your membership online, or contact benchmark@towardsmaturity.org.

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