Winners! The Learning Excellence Award in Business and Academic Partnerships Goes to Notion

Personnel Today’s Learning and Development Supplier of the Year, Notion, has scooped another prestigious award at the Learning Excellence Awards for –

Learning Excellence Awards in Business and Academic Partnerships (for business benefit)

The ceremony and lunch was held on Friday 8th April 2022 in the Britannia Suite at the National Conference Centre in Birmingham with many well-known companies also finalists in the awards, such as Rolls Royce, Legal and General and Babcock International to name a few.

This award represents a winning streak for Notion who were also double award winners in last year’s Learning Excellence Awards.

The global management performance improvement consultancy has been making waves with their multi-award-winning online management development programme STAR® Manager which offers organisations an innovative and easy way to rapidly transform management performance and culture at scale.

In 2020, Notion was awarded Innovate UK funding by the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) for an extended academic research project to assess the measurable impact of their STAR® Manager programme. In this groundbreaking research, Notion’s experiential online management development was trialled across 62 different organisations in 14 sectors as a learning intervention designed to increase the adoption of Operational Coaching® behaviours that would drive team engagement and increase firm-level productivity and performance.

The results, independently evaluated by the London School of Economics (LSE), proved, to a statistically significant degree, that the STAR® Manager programme changed management behaviour, reducing the time managers spent ‘doing’ and increasing the time they spent coaching by an average of 70%, as well as organisational improvements in retention, engagement and productivity. The measurable benefits delivered within six months equated to an average 74 times learner return on investment.

Their notable work with the UK government and the London School of Economics and Political Sciences was applauded at the awards ceremony.

“A truly remarkable effort!”

Judges at the Learning Excellence Awards commented: “Knowing the value that STAR® Manager could offer, Notion elected to subject their programme to trial and independent scrutiny in a consortium with the London School of Economics and Political Sciences. Despite proceeding throughout the worst national lockdowns, business closures and furloughs, trial participants stayed on track with the full support of Notion with their STAR® Manager programme – a truly remarkable effort! What’s more, nearly two-thirds continued with their STAR® Manager journey after the formal closure of the trial.”

This brilliant partnership, which has included weekly meetings, intelligent project management and fantastic relationship-building over a period of two years, remains ongoing as Notion and LSE continue to work together in perfect partnership ahead of critical academic papers being published.

Accepting the award, Notion’s CEO, Dominic Ashley-Timms said:

“Thank you to everyone at the Learning Excellence Awards for hosting this brilliant event. We are delighted to receive this award and we thank the judges for their kind words. A special thanks must also go to LSE’s Dr Michela Tinelli and everyone who has been involved in this project. We’re really looking forward to seeing how STAR® will transform organisations in all sectors in the years ahead.”

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