Are you planning to become talent optimization certified? With a talent optimization certification in hand, you’re ready to elevate your people strategy by aligning it to your business strategy. To prepare for certification, you can either read through the content or listen to the audiobook.

Talent optimization empowers entire organizations to align their people strategy with their business strategy for maximum business results. It’s a discipline that should be understood and practiced by leaders at every level of your organization.

Depending on your role, see our recommendations below on how best to start your talent optimization journey.

You’re responsible for delivering business results. The key to high performance is to develop and lead an organization which takes full advantage of highly engaged, high-performing employees. But people decisions are difficult, and you may not have yet found a way to align your people strategy in a way that directly supports your business strategy.

We recommend: Start with the maturity model to evaluate your organization, and then head to the ultimate guide to review the 4-part discipline with a particular focus on design.

You’re the expert responsible for bringing talent optimization to your stakeholders. Your goal is to help them make people decisions that directly contribute to business performance, using a disciplined approach and compelling evidence that the path you recommend is the right one for the organization.

We recommend: Review the maturity model to evaluate your stakeholders’ current model, then focus on the diagnose aptitude in the ultimate guide to initiate their journey to talent optimization.

You’re responsible for the career development of your managers and their teams. You own the business results of your unit, and you need to connect your people to the goals and objectives that your business strategy demands.

We recommend: Review the ultimate guide with an emphasis on activities that fully align your unit’s roles, teams, and culture with your business strategy. You might find design, hire, and inspire most useful.

You’re responsible for the career development and growth of your team. You need to select, inspire, and retain your talent to deliver the results that your organization expects from you. So far, you’ve relied on your intuition, and you know people decisions are challenging; you also know that great managers are what keeps people engaged and high performing. Talent optimization will give you the confidence and skills to be a great leaders.

We recommend: Focus on the activities in the hire and inspire aptitudes in the ultimate guide.

You’re the captain of your career ship. It’s up to you to improve your self-awareness, be an effective team player, and build the skills needed to problem-solve in your organization. When you understand the big picture and are seen as a culture champion, you can take responsibility for your own growth, and you become a trusted high performer and change agent.

We recommend: Look at the ways you can contribute to your team’s dynamics and performance, and accelerate your own development by reviewing the inspire aptitude in the ultimate guide.

If you’re interested in becoming certified in talent optimization, we recommend that you start by reviewing the maturity model and making your way through the ultimate guide: