How to use this guide


This guide will walk you through the four aptitudes that make up talent optimization. Each aptitude includes three to four activities (e.g., measure what matters). Each activity is supported by actions you should take to implement talent optimization within your organization.

You can consume this guide in various ways. Read it cover-to-cover or jump in at any point that’s of particular interest to your organization. Many leaders, after completing the maturity model assessment, want to work on improving the areas they scored lowest in. It’s perfectly okay to start there. There’s no right or wrong way to consume this information. What matters is that you absorb what you read—because if you can grasp these concepts and implement them, your organization will soar to new heights.

Guide features

  • Learning objectives: The guide includes learning objectives to guide your reading and help you study for the talent optimization certification exam.
  • Hyperlinks: You’ll find hyperlinks throughout the guide so you can easily navigate from one aptitude or activity to another.