• 18 Oct 2020 1:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    20th October is Talent Transformation Day. Officially recognized by the National Day Archives, this is a day to celebrate new opportunities for the talent of tomorrow and to encourage the change to make them happen.

    We all know that 2020 has been a severely challenging year. But now we want to encourage our leaders, managers, coaches, consultants, and HR teams to think about how we can move forward. To start to imagine how we are going to build tomorrow’s organizations using new talent whilst also deploying existing talent into our changing workforces. Talent Transformation Day is all about encouraging change and adopting new ways of working so that we can improve tomorrow.

    So here at the Talent Transformation Guild, we encourage you to think about the kind of new roles we’re going to need to fill and new tools we can use to overcome the challenges created in a world that has clearly been changed forever by Covid 19. That includes encouraging people to look at new ways of recruitment, supporting talent and building their organizations and understanding how we can use new technologies such as AI and automation.


    Some of the ways that the day is being marked include:

    • Key to the day is the launch of a new book from Eric Shepherd and Joan Phaup called Talent Transformation: Develop Today’s Team for Tomorrow’s World of Work. You can order your copy today today.
    • We’ll be publishing new links to interesting articles and ideas to help people embrace the changing nature of talent. These will appear on social media throughout the day. (hashtags: #TalentDay #TalentTransformationDay).
    • The Talent Transformation Guild announcing a major virtual conference scheduled later in the year. Look out for announcements on the day to find out how you can be part of the event and to save the day!
    • Talent Transformation Day will occur every year on 20th October. This year and every year, it is all about building understanding to help leaders understand the changes and trends that are being driven by automation. It is about embracing change, not resisting it, so we can build tomorrow’s organizations.
  • 15 Sep 2020 9:24 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Miami Beach, Florida: September 15, 2020: Talent Transformation founder Eric Shepherd is to lead a new working group set up to develop recommended practices for defining competencies.

    IEEE Standards Association (IEEE SA) is a leading consensus building organization that nurtures, develops and advances global technologies. As well as being one of the founders of Talent Transformation, Eric is also an accomplished leader of international businesses and associations focused on talent, assessments, and success and has previously served on other standards committees.

    Sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society and Learning Technology Standards Committee (C/LTSC), the new working group, P1484.20.2, is tasked with designing recommended practices for defining competencies. It will support the new standard for encoding competency definitions to enable interoperability.

    Eric Shepherd is looking forward to chairing the new group. Explains Eric: “The 4th Industrial revolution requires us to develop skills for the 21st century. In the past competencies have been focused on physical and cognitive tasks but increasingly new skillsets and mindsets are required to perform new tasks. To align education systems with employment needs there needs to be an efficient method to communicate the competencies required. Having a data model is the first and an important step. The next step is to promote an understanding of the data model to working practices for the stakeholders involved. That is where IEEE P1484.20.2 fits in. This working group will provide a useful competency communications tool with a common vocabulary, and recommended practices, to help stakeholders develop and communicate competency definitions effectively and efficiently.”

    Competency-based education, training, and workforce development is today seen as essential to embrace and develop the new skills required for the future of work. A common vocabulary, and recommended practices will more easily enable people to develop and explain their competency definitions. Common, shareable competency definitions enable systems, courseware, assessments, and learning tools to interoperability reference the same competencies so that, for example, learner records can be meaningfully transported from one system to another and from one organization to another. The quality of the information in these competency definitions has an impact on competency-based education, training, and workforce development.

    Stakeholders include policymakers, educators, awarding bodies, employers, and labor unions. Contributors and consumers of this standard will include curricular designers, designers of learning content, credentials designers, learners, developers of academic and workforce competency frameworks, assessments developers, catalogers of learning content, educators, human resources professionals, and job boards, who need well-defined competency definition.

    The IEEE 1484.20.2 working group will support the activities and practices of the IEEE 1484.20.1 working group which is defining the technical standard for competency definitions data.

    About P1484.20.2 – Defining Competencies Working Group

    About the IEEE

    The IEEE is organization brings together a broad range of individuals and organizations to facilitate standards development and standards related collaboration. Established and appointed by the IEEE SA Board of Governors, the IEEE SA Standards Board encourages and coordinates the development and revision of IEEE standards. This includes approving the initiation of IEEE standards projects and to reviewing them for consensus, due process, openness, and balance.

  • 1 Sep 2020 9:11 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Miami Beach, Florida: August 31, 2020, Future of work members organization the Talent Transformation Guild has acquired all the intellectual property and assets of Assessments With A View.

    The Talent Transformation Guild provides resources for professionals that are preparing for the future of work triggered by the 4th industrial revolution and accelerated by Covid-19. Members include c-level executives, human resource professionals, consultants, and coaches. Its services use the vocabulary of the Talent Transformation Pyramid as an analytic model to help leaders prepare for the future of work.

    Assessments With A View was set up to supply a directory of assessment instruments, tools, platforms, associations, events, and services alongside validated user reviews across different assessment categories. The organizations’ assets include comprehensive directories of coaching services for executives and teams, assessment development and validation services and test administration services.

    Talent Transformation Guild founder Martin Belton commented, “We’re delighted to be able to add the Assessments With A View assets to our ever-increasing list of free-to-use resources. The changes we are seeing now, driven by the current pandemic, are just a foretaste of how the future of work will look. Unsurprisingly, our CEO’s and other top executives are discovering that they need the skills and talents of dedicated experts to deal with these new challenges. These directories catalog our top coaches, assessment providers and dedicated testing services. As such, they will enable them to find just the support and service they need. This will help them manage both the cultural and technology changes that constitute the new world of work.”

    The new directories have now been incorporated into Talent Transformation’s resource area here: There are currently more than 300 references across the directories. Organizations can apply to be added to the directory by accessing the Directory Entry Request Form here:

  • 24 Jul 2020 11:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Miami Beach, Florida: July 24, 2020, The Talent Transformation Guild released the results of its latest survey revealing how employees feel about returning to the workplace. The 40-page report, entitled “Back to Work: how COIVD-19 is affecting the return to the workplace”, is available for free to its members. An executive summary is available to non-members.

    The Talent Transformation Guild provides resources for professionals that are preparing for the future of work triggered by the 4th industrial revolution and accelerated by Covid-19. Members include c-level executives, human resource professionals, consultants, and coaches.

    The report reveals new data supplied by members and followers, primarily from the USA and the UK. With detailed statistics of effects of the virus on organizations, it looks at all the big issues including working from home, artificial intelligence (AI) and automation. There are also details on the biggest winners and losers and analysis on the emotional impact of uncertainty and change.

    The respondents’ replies have been analysed by size of organizational workforce, geographic structure, the respondents’ generational group as well as their job role. The report can be accessed here:

    Some of the highlights covered include:

    • The differences in attitudes and behaviors analyzed by the respondents’ different countries, particularly the UK, USA and Brazil.
    • The report names the biggest winners and losers in the pandemic workwise, both from an organizational and an individual point of view.
    • How personal and emotional issues have affected employees working from home.
    • The severity of the challenges that organizations are facing on security and data protection issues when people are homeworking.
    • How well the organization’s management performed when faced with employees working from home.
    • Whether the virus has affected employee loyalty and engagement.
    • How well organizations adapted to the restrictions placed on it by the pandemic.
    • The expected outlook for the respondent’s organization in six months’ time.
    • How well or badly different generations adapted to the new working conditions specifically comparing the the older ‘baby boomer’ generations to their younger Gen Y and Gen Z colleagues.
    • How far interest in robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) has changed together with other technology supporting working from home solutions.
    • Thoughts on training programs and demands for future training.
    • Evident changes brought about by the pandemic since the Guild’s last survey, conducted in February. This previously revealed a significant disconnect between the way non-HR C-suite executives viewed the future of work compared to their HR and learning colleagues. The report assesses whether the advent of COVID-19 has helped to realign their views,
    • How organizations are looking to protect themselves from future pandemics, and specifically how they their propensity to adapt modern technologies.

    Both the full report and the executive summary are available here: 

  • 15 May 2020 1:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Miami Beach, Florida: May 15, 2020, The Talent Transformation Guild released today an additional resource to the Guild's website; a set of reviews and summaries of books we believe offer real help to leaders managing the challenges in the new world of work.

    As part of the launch the Guild reviewed three of its all-time favorites:

    At around 1500 words each, these pieces are an ideal 'primer' as a prelude to purchasing. The resource is free to non-members as well as members of the Guild. The Guild will add new 'Books we Love' on an ongoing basis. They are also inviting members to submit their own requests and books for review.

    Commented Guild co-founder Eric Shepherd; "The new Books we Love resource is really our way of giving a stamp of approval to our particular favourites and those of our members. Star ratings are fine but don't tell the real story of what is under the covers. By revealing more details, we hope this resource will encourage people to buy these great books and find the right one for them".

  • 2 Mar 2020 1:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Miami Beach, Florida: March 2, 2020, The Talent Transformation Guild released today its 2020 World of Work survey report which reveals that C-suite and HR executives are not aligned on major issues such as automation, Ai and talent development.

    The new survey report reveals a host of facts about the changes you can expect at work during the forthcoming year. It looks at C-Suite, HR, and L&D executives' attitudes to issues such as AI, automation, talent management and acquisition, diversity and more.

    Explained Guild co-founder Martin Belton, "The report was compiled to give us a 'state-of-play' understanding of the key issues involved in the new world of work at the start of 2020. Surprisingly perhaps it revealed more detail than we at first imagined. Probably the biggest shock was the size of the disconnect we found between senior HR staff and their non-HR C-Suite counterparts. Their were considerable differences in their views on a wide range of topics but most notably on their attitudes to the future use of innovative technologies such as robotics and artificial intelligence (AI)."

    The 20-page report is now available to download for free here. It is the first of a range of research and reports that the Guild will be commissioning as part of its remit, on behalf of its members.

  • 14 Feb 2020 1:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Miami Beach, Florida: May 4, 2020, The Talent Transformation Guild announced today their new webcast series to offer real help to leaders managing the challenges of  the future of work.

    As part of the webcast launch the Talent Transformation provided a deep dive on the 2020 World of Work survey as well as comparing it to other industry statistical information and views to provide the full picture of the future of work. 

    Explained the Guild co-founder Eric Shepherd, "This is another series of resource that we're adding to the Guild's line-up of helpful materials aimed at supporting members and non-members alike address the real issues that are dominating the changing world of work. In the coming months, we will be talking to a number of industry leaders and experts about their experiences to get a first hand understanding of their challenges and how they are addressing them."

    In the first of the webcasts, Talent Transformation founders Martin Belton and Eric Shepherd are joined by Chris Moore of ZeroedIn, Jenny Hamrick and Greg Loughman of HealthStream as they discuss the "Seismic Changes to People Analytics.

  • 1 Feb 2020 1:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Miami Beach, Florida: February 1, 2020, The Talent Transformation Guild announced today a new podcast resource to offer real help to leaders managing the challenges in the new world of work.

    The podcasts are professionally narrated and arranged. The Guild is offering two different series of programmes. One series will feature interviews of leaders and HR operatives who reveal their challenges and solutions to the key questions inherent in the changes to the new world of work operations. The other series will be set of narrated programmes of written essays or blogs, ideal for listening to 'on the move'.

    Explained Guild co-founder Eric Shepherd, "The podcasts are just another way of enabling us to reach out to people to spread the word about the challenges and opportunities involved in the new world of work. So many of our members are exceptionally busy people who often struggle to find time to read or watch learning materials so adding the podcasts, which can be absorbed in so many different situations, is a real benefit."

    As part of the podcast launch the inaugural episode the founders, Eric Shepherd and Martin Belton, explain why they started the Talent Transformation Guild.

    All Talent Transformation podcasts are available for free on Apple, Google and Spotify platforms or direct from the Talent Transformation website.

  • 4 Oct 2019 11:50 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Miami Beach, October 4, 2019: The Talent Transformation Guild today released its first white paper on the Talent Transformation Pyramid. This open-sourced model is designed to help organizations manage talent needs for the fourth industrial revolution. Its ongoing development is supported by the Talent Transformation Guild.

    Entitled, Talent Transformation Pyramid; Leading Talent to the Top, the new white paper is available free from the Talent Transformation Guild website at

    This White Paper explains how the Talent Transformation Pyramid offers a holistic model to enable organizations to have a more strategic approach to meet Industry 4.0 challenges. It also includes powerful insights into the repercussions of the Gig Economy and the changing world of work.

    The model brings together the 12 factors that support performance and illustrates their relationship and hierarchy so that everyone can share the same map for success. Some solutions only consider around half of these factors, strangely ignoring many situational and personal issues such as personality traits, emotional intelligence, and even behaviors.

    Both the pyramid model and the white paper were produced by Eric Shepherd who is an established expert learning, assessments, and standards. Shepherd explains: “Automation has transformed the landscape of work and tasks we do. But counter-intuitively, given the fact that the 4th industrial revolution is driven by that automation, success will demand a more diverse set of social and soft skills. These include emotional intelligence, adaptability, curiosity, and creative thinking.”

    Shepherd also recognizes other factors in the changing world of work. "The Gig Economy, made possible by digital platforms, is providing more autonomy for individuals. It also gives more flexibility for organizations that only want to pay for skills when they need them. That means it’s more important than ever for us to understand and navigate the factors that support readiness and performance. Providing learning opportunities will allow better opportunities for the worker, high-skilled employees for the employers, and build commissions for the gig platforms. Our new world cherishes hard skills. But values social skills just as much. With automation being part of the problem, it can also be part of the solution. This is where the Talent Transformation Pyramid comes in.”

    The white paper references data from the World Economic Forum, a strong advocate for upskilling with individuals and organizations seeking to develop new skills and new ways of working. Other key references include McKinsey and Deloitte’s report on preparing tomorrow’s workforce for the fourth industrial revolution.

    The paper has been made available by the Talent Transformation Guild, an organization established to connect HR professionals, coaches, and consultants via webinars, articles, conferences. It also oversees and promotes the development of the open-source Talent

    Transformation Pyramid (CC) framework. You can find out more about the benefits of the Guild here: If you are interested in sponsoring the Guild, email us at For general membership inquiries, email: Alternatively, you can call directly via +1-305-305-7535

  • 1 Oct 2019 11:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Las Vegas, October 1, 2019. The Talent Transformation Guild was launched today at HR Tech in Las Vegas. The Guild’s mission is to support professionals preparing for the reskilling and upskilling activities being triggered by the 4th industrial revolution.

    The Guild is supporting a new open-source model, the Talent Transformation Pyramid, that has been specifically designed to deal with the complexities of new work environments. The model was developed by co-founder Eric Shepherd based after months of research and interviews with numerous leaders and executives. The research revealed that the current models for managing and developing workforce talent were out-dated and inadequate to deal with Industry 4.0 requirements. The model provides a vocabulary, framework, and description of factors that support performance, readiness, behaviors, and capabilities.

    “Automation will have profound impact on how we work together to achieve results. Just with other revolutions, the fourth industrial revolution, will change the way that we work, live, and play. As tasks are replaced by automation new tasks will appear and new skills will need to be developed. Sharing a common vocabulary and framework will help us have meaningful discussions to develop workforce talent, teams and organizations,” Co-founder Eric Shepherd explained. “This new era both requires and enables us to create better ways to develop our own talents and to work with others. And it requires that we shake off traditional and linear thinking to embrace new skills and new ways of working.”

    The Guild, supported by the Talent Transformation Pyramid, will help leaders and executives address these new challenges by promoting more strategic thinking and focus on an organization's readiness to perform.


The Talent Transformation Guild provides resources for professionals that are preparing for upskilling being triggered by 4th industrial revolution and accelerated by Covid-19. Members include c-level executives, human resource professionals, consultants, and coaches. As a member-driven organization it promotes best practices via webcasts, webinars, podcasts, articles, white papers, research and conversations to improve and make the best of the talents of individuals for the benefit of themselves and the organisations they work for.

The Guild enable stimulating and meaningful discussions to help professionals prepare for talent transformations at individual, team and organizational levels. The Guild supports the Talent Transformation Pyramid, an open source model, designed specifically to recognize the widest possible range of talent influencers and skills. To date many decision-makers are caught in traditional, linear thinking and immediate concerns to consider this. The Talent Transformation Pyramid enables you to address the challenge by promoting more strategic thinking with a focus on an organization’s readiness to perform.


According to the World Economic Forum, new and emerging technologies are affecting our lives in ways that indicate we are at the beginning of a Fourth Industrial Revolution. This new era will build and extend the impact of digitization in new and unimaginable ways. The Fourth Industrial Revolution can be described as the advent of “cyber-physical systems” involving new capabilities for people and machines. This will see new ways for technology to become embedded within societies and even our bodies.

With process automation, robotic automation, the internet of things the nature of work will change. Some analysts predict that more than 40% of tasks currently performed by humans will be delegated to machines. This does not mean that 40% of people will be put out of work but it does mean that most workers will have to upskill. HR experts are predicting this will dramatically change the landscape of our workforce.

About the Founders

Eric Shepherd  is an accomplished leader of international businesses and associations focused on talent, assessments, and success. Eric recently stepped away from a CEO role where he worked to build a SaaS company into a multi-million-dollar international assessment software business. Eric has also led industry and standards initiatives to promote best practices for assessments, learning, and interoperability. He currently serves as Chair of the IEEE P1484.20.2 working group developing Recommended Practice for Defining Competencies. Eric has previously served on Boards and working groups for:

  • HR Open Standards that defines interoperability standards for HR technology.
  • Association of Test Publishers and the European Association of Test Publishers that represents providers of tests and assessment tools.
  • The IEEE P1484.20.1 Standard for Learning Technology—Data Model for Reusable Competency Definitions working group.
  • IMS which defines interoperability standards for educational technology. 

Eric was instrumental in developing the IMS QTI interoperability standard and assisted with the US Department of Defense Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) initiative to define the Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) and the Aviation Industry Computer-Based Training Committee (AICC) to define launch and track standards for Learning Management Systems.

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