There is a revolution going on in learning, not just in the UK but worldwide. The competitive global economy demands that learning be lifelong; informal, reaching out to adults where they live and work, delivered on portable communication devices as well as being offered formally in colleges and universities.
Beyond Standards was established to serve this ever-changing, ever-growing set of demands. Performance that was once good enough is no longer sufficient for organisations to survive, let alone prosper. Only services that are outstanding – that go beyond compliance with standards – will succeed.
Continuous self-criticism, comparison with the best and performance enhancement, are the characteristics of top learning organisations. This applies equally to organisations which help other people to learn – public-sector, private-sector and third-sector – and to organisations which themselves need to learn in order to keep up with the pace of change in their markets in services or manufacturing.