Last week the GoodPractice team decamped to London to launch our 2018 L&D research paper The Evolution of 70:20:10 – Will L&D Survive or Thrive? More than 100 of L&D's top movers and shakers joined us at our exclusive launch event in London’s Aldersgate to hear our MD Owen present the findings.

As well as the research launch, the day featured inspiring guest speakers, a sneak peek of our latest products plus tons of debate, discussion and fun stuff to boot. Here’s our wrap up of the main highlights.

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Fabulous finches, health warnings and the evolution of 70:20:10

Owen kicked things off with a fantastic presentation to introduce the report.

It covered our reasons for delving deeper into this topic, some important health warnings about 70:20:10, our research methodology and of course, the most interesting bits from our deep dive study of how 25 leading organisations are using 70:20:10 to drive change. We were also transported back in time to our school biology lessons, with a recap of Darwin’s theory of evolution which featured those fabulous finches. Their evolutionary history makes the perfect analogy to what we see happening with 70:20:10 today.

We caught up with Owen after his presentation to get his take on the report - watch his vox pop interview now! We’ve also made his presentation slides available on Slideshare too.

Interview with Owen Ferguson on 70:20:10

Get your copy of The Evolution of 70:20:10

If you’ve not checked out the report yet, don’t be shy! It's already been downloaded over 200 times, so grab your copy now to see what all the fuss is about. Doesn't it look good? 

The Evolution of 70:20:10 report

Evolving L&D – two great case studies

We love to showcase the great work we see happening across our industry. Peter Yarrow is Global Head of Learning and Proposition at Standard Life Aberdeen and is really pushing the boundaries of what ‘good’ looks like in financial services L&D. He took to the stage to tell us about The Leading Edge Challenge Series, a major L&D project he led to support the merger of Standard Life with Aberdeen Asset Management and drive cultural change.

We also heard from James O’Mahoney, Head of OD at premium spirits manufacturer Edrington. He explained how the business has experienced exponential growth, going from local to global in the blink of an eye. James talked about the challenges of creating a modern L&D function to support such growth whilst keeping an eye on the future. We are proud to support both these organisations as they continue to evolve their L&D practice.

Why not check out Peter’s slides to find out more about The Leading Edge project? You can also read more about our award-winning work with Edrington in our case study.

Now for something truly technical

Our Technical Director and peer-voted king of beards Jonny Anderson and was up next alongside Kirsten Wilson, Head of Product Development. They gave us an insightful presentation which explained how we go about developing and continually evolving our products at GoodPractice. Kirsten outlined a range of methods that we use to ensure end users are kept the very the core of what we do.

Lean LMS and Management 101 e-learning

As well as taking on the day’s hosting duties alongside our Marketing Director Keira Hodge, our inimitable Director of Learning and Performance Solutions James McLuckie presented a lively product showcase session. James was keen to show off Lean - our brand new LMS platform plus our updated and improved Management 101 e-learning suite. Taking inspiration from 80s film classics like Working Girl, the new modules tackle 20 essential leadership and management topics. We also think they make the perfect gift for your managers this Christmas ;) Talk to us to find out more about Management 101.

The GoodPractice podcast – live!

The GoodPractice live podcast on 70:20:10

To round off the day in style we recorded a live episode of #thegppodcast. Hosted by the one and only Ross Garner, What does 70:20:10 actually look like in practice? is available to download now. It features Owen plus special guests (& report participants) Mercy Kesenia Clement-Okooboh from Veolia Ireland and Aaron Bradley from Ashurst. We (and they!) enjoyed a glass of fizz while debating the ins and outs of 70:20:10 and taking questions from the floor.

Join the debate - #gp702010

Our event hashtag #gp702010 was trending on the day, and our Twitter page @GoodPractice was jam-packed with questions, comments and positive feedback. So far there have been over 900 tweets on the topic and over 200 downloads of the report.

Competitions and fun stuff

To keep everyone on their toes we ran a number of competitions throughout the day. Winner of 'best tweet' was Fiona McBride who scooped an Amazon Echo Dot. Runners-up for 'best tweet' were Marco Faccini and Wes Atkinson. Well done guys - we are loving your work! If you'd like to see more photos from the day, you can check out our photo gallery.

Best tweet Evolution of 70:20:10

We also ran a cool competition as part of our event invites, which asked guests to work out the common name of their animal species from its Latin name. The winner was Jo Byrne who also got an Amazon Echo. Very well done Jo! Finally, we asked guests to test their evolutionary knowledge in our online quiz. Only three people managed to get all 10 questions right, and the lucky winner was Mark Baker - well done clever clogs! Take the quiz now and see how you get on ...

Thank you

Last but by no means least we want to say a HUGE thank you to our report participants, without whom there would be no report! Thanks to everyone who came along and joined us on the day - we hope you enjoyed the event as much as we did.

Thank you from the GoodPractice team