The Talent Transformation Guild provides analysis and consulting services to professionals to help them prepare for the future of work. Covid-19 has accelerated the 4th industrial revolution, and timely analysis of human resources, engagement, automation, and upskilling requirements is now essential.

The Guild provides its services to leaders and stakeholders that include C-Suite executives, human resources and talent management professionals, coaches, and consultants. Our goal is to help them manage the constantly changing human resource landscape, driven by the effects of the global pandemic and the use of automation. Our services use the vocabulary of the Talent Transformation Pyramid as an analytic model to help leaders understand, learn, and take action, to prepare for the new world of work.

The Guild develops and promotes best practices using research, surveys, interviews, webcasts, webinars, podcasts, articles, white papers, and reports to improve individuals' talents for the benefit of themselves and their organizations.

Vision and Mission Statement

The Guild provides analysis and consulting services to enable stimulating 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.

With more working from home, 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.

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.

The Guild encourages its members, be they individuals or corporations, to contribute to the development of the Pyramid, maintaining it as a creative-commons tool, to constantly improve the way individuals and organisations can apply it to their talent and performance operations.


The Talent Transformation Pyramid (CC) is a model specifically designed to enable HR and talent professionals to better evaluate an organisation's talent with respect to the demands of the new world of work. 

The Pyramid is a holistic model that assists organizations in positioning a more strategic approach to defining competencies for this 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.

The Talent Transformation Pyramid also brings a vocabulary and framework to be both a diagnostic and performance optimization tool. this makes an ideal model for the Guild by  bringing greater clarity and direction to harvest and expose actionable data. This clarity can be used to optimize and sustain individual performance and organizational effectiveness as we move through these exciting times of change. 

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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.

Martin Belton has provided marketing solutions to organizations supplying HR and Learning solutions throughout Europe. After working with some of the UK’s leading PR Consultancies, he joined Questionmark where he was Sales and Marketing Director working alongside Talent Transformation’s co-founder Eric Shepherd. He was also Sales & Marketing Director at Kallidus (formerly e2train) for seven years before working as a marketing consultant to organizations supplying talent and learning systems including Netex and Saba. Most recently Martin has organized the eLearning Network Annual conference and exhibition.

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