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Talent optimization  is a different way for people to understand how people fit into a broader business strategy and optimize the output and productivity of people to achieve amazing results. Every day, we offer fresh resources — from inspirational articles and news to community discussions and learning — all with the intent of increasing our collective proficiency around talent optimization. Access is free, so whether you’re just starting your journey towards understanding the importance of talent optimization or are an experienced practitioner we invite you here to join the conversation.

Below is a list of what we offer, and how to find and use it.
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Find high quality articles, research and news that impact your thinking and execution of any aspect of talent optimization here. These articles are updated weekly and contain discussion threads to enhance your understanding of these topics.

If you’ve written or come across a great article research or case study on an an aspect of talent optimization, let us know, we might feature it on the site. Email us the link to the piece you’d like us to consider here.


Join our daily discussions within the community. Each week talent optimization practitioners and enthusiast from around the world post their thoughts and questions here. Our aim is to make this a place where an authentic audience can engage with each other and hone the ability to become better talent optimizers. Since we read all comments submitted, we’ve ensured it’s also a safe place for you.

Feel free to share discussions with your team or have them scroll through all our discussions to find some that interest them.


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 and your organization.

Many of you, after completing the maturity model assessment, may 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.

You can print this guide out and share with others on your team to discuss how you might improve your approach to talent optimization. Use this material to make connections to current situations and behaviors within your teams or company.

If you find yourself have some interesting discussions, share those with the community. Your insights can be elaborate or simple, might involve the whole company or just an individual, and could employ multiple sections of the learning guide. We’re interested in hearing about how people are using talent optimization concepts in as wide a variety of work settings as possible.


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