Talent Transformation Guild

Eric Shepherd

The Talent Transformation Guild provides a fascinating insight into how AI, robotics and automation will change our working environment. Enjoy lively and inspiring interviews and conversations with leaders and experts on issues related to automation, robotics, and AI that will change our world of work. Alongside interviews, we provide episodes with helpful visions from top consultants and executives to reveal their views. Provided by the Talent Transformation Guild this series is provided to help leaders and organizations understand what changes mean and how they can be prepared to meet them.

All Episodes

Psychological Safety in Virtual Meetings

May 28

8 min 6 sec

New Jobs Coming Soon

May 24

9 min 57 sec

The Future of Automation

May 13

6 min 52 sec

The Future of Post-Pandemic Leadership

May 3

6 min 31 sec


May 3

6 min 31 sec

Valuing and Building Emotional Intelligence

Apr 27

8 min 57 sec

New technologies are bringing remarkable changes to the world with the pandemic accelerating our reliance on technology. In this podcast, we discussed the job roles that are on the rise and the skills employers are likely to seek post-pandemic as we enter the 4th industrial revolution.

Apr 19

7 min 57 sec

Understanding our personalities can be a great exercise to better our lives, and understanding others' can be even more rewarding. In this podcast, we’ll talk about intrinsic personality characteristics and understand how our behaviors are entwined with so many external factors and variables.

Mar 24

10 min 29 sec

Virtual offices, augmented reality, artificial intelligence- these are only some of the revolutionary technological which have characterized the 21st-century. These innovations are transforming the labor market and how we work. To survive and thrive in this new employment landscape, one must be equipped with the most in-demand 21st-century skills. 

Mar 14

11 min 36 sec

Automation is replacing tasks previously performed by people, changing the workplace creating new ways of working for everyone” says Martin Belton.  Organizations everywhere will benefit from embracing automation. The Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum Professor Klaus Schwab believes the fourth industrial revolution will create new work opportunities and connect countless more people to the web. He says it will dramatically improve our efficiency as individuals and in business. These new technologies will impact all job roles, disciplines, and even challenge us about what it means to work. 

Feb 26

5 min 19 sec

Predictive Analytics helps organizations leapfrog their competitors. Well-informed prediction models, to inform decision-making, are essential during times of change. Assessments and analytics are increasingly used to predict employee behavior, engagement, performance, and risks of attrition. In this article, Eric Shepherd explains what predictive analytics is and how this will revolutionize our thinking.

Feb 19

9 min 37 sec

The case for workplace diversity is compelling. Organizations that encourage a more diverse workforce enjoy higher employee retention rates, innovation, and profitability. No wonder forward-looking organizations embrace diversity with genuine enthusiasm. In this podcast, Eric Shepherd reveals how you can make a more diverse work environment work for everybody.

Feb 15

7 min 39 sec

Understanding college, career, and work readiness are more important than ever in the new world of work. In this Podcast, Eric Shepherd highlights distinctions and explains why.

Feb 12

10 min 1 sec

The current pandemic has dramatically exposed the vulnerabilities of some organizations. Others meanwhile have been catapulted to success. While some organizations were quick to adapt to the new normal, others struggled to contend with the crisis. To survive the next pandemic or any future disruption, organizations must take better steps to make themselves resilient, flexible, and agile. This starts with foresight or the ability to transform an organization for the future. But what will that future organization look like? Here we'll look at how organizations' structure, processes, leadership, and workforce may evolve.

Jan 4

11 min 9 sec

Working from home has enabled thousands of people to keep doing their job well during the pandemic. But is this new world of work, tied to a single laptop, killing employee engagement, and creating ‘screen burn-out’? Martin Belton thinks so and gives you eight ideas to help keep employees healthy, happy, and engaged.

Dec 2020

9 min 50 sec

In this webcast, Martin Belton interviews authors Eric Shepherd and Joan Phaup to discover more about the visions and ideas that lay behind them writing their book, Talent Transformation: Develop Today’s Teams for Tomorrow’s World of Work. The interview reveals that the book was founded in a desire to arrive a better way of defining our knowledge, skills, and abilities. It is this that led Eric to create what is the central premise of the book, the Talent Transformation Pyramid itself. Eric and Joan explain the process they had gone through and the critical challenges they faced throughout the book writing process, which involved brainstorming sessions centered around the future of work and how it ties into the 21st-century skills required to keep up with the ever-changing demands of the industry.

Dec 2020

17 min 16 sec

Steven Forth, managing partner at the technology data company Ibbaka and an active member of the global design thinking community, explains why ‘resilience’ and ‘scenario planning’ are the new normal replacing the simple search for efficiency at today’s organizations. In this fascinating webcast, Steven explains why we are facing an increased need to develop new skills to help us be more resilient enable us to adapt to many possible futures as the likelihood of dramatic changes in markets and other worldwide issues increases. Steven goes on to explain that we are entering a fluid time in which there may be no one new normal. He reveals that there is a natural tension between resilience, adaptation and efficiency. As such. only resilient organizations are likely to survive (as opposed to purely the most efficient). He also talks about the idea of ‘Agile Scenario Planning’, where critical uncertainties come to the fore and contrasts the waterfall nature of the classic approach.

Dec 2020

37 min 8 sec

In this webcast Leslie August shares, the secrets that stop jerks, weasels, and snakes from killing motivation and inspiration. providing psychological safe environments, where individuals can focus on their work rather than be fearful of the unknown is strategic for success. Leslie will provide insights into how the bullying behaviors have morphed during Covid-19 and provide practical advice on how to create the environment for employees to be successful. Leslie uses a proven blueprint, developed from scientific research and experience, to help organizations root out and reform bullies in their workforce.

Dec 2020

33 min 34 sec

In this Webcast, Kevin Phillips, Leader of the Build Them Up Movement, explains how you can build up individuals in your organization to help them understand that they're enough, unique, beautiful, and capable. He reveals how you can enable them to take the next step in taking control and captain their own ship. Kevin also touches on the effects of COVID-19, how it's changed how we interact, and the potential issues it going to have for organizations in the future. Kevin brings over 25 years of experience across multiple business functions in small and large organizations, including non-profits and start-ups. He has an amazing track record of delivering transformational customer experiences, scaling up operations to meet market growth demand, and turning organizations around.

Nov 2020

32 min 32 sec

Paula Rizzo is an Emmy-award winning television producer, best-selling author, and a media trainer and strategist. As a former senior health producer for Fox News Channel for more than a decade, she produced segments with a range of top experts, including JJ Virgin, Jillian Michaels, and Deepak Chopra. A media veteran for nearly 20 years, she also worked in local news in New York City as a producer for WCBS, WPIX, and WLNY. She coaches experts and executives to perform better on camera and produce their own videos. She's the founder of ListProducer.com ​and the author of ​Listful Thinking: Using Lists to be More Productive, Highly Successful and Less Stressed​ and Listful Living: A List-Making Journey to a Less Stressed You. She’s also co-creator of Lights Camera Expert​ – an online course geared towards helping entrepreneurs, authors, and experts get media attention. She also teaches Become A Video Star – a virtual workshop that empowers experts to create their own compelling videos.

Oct 2020

27 min 21 sec

Manoella Farenzena is a co-founder at Reinventors that is building new ways of working for new ways of being human. Manoella is an experienced talent strategy consultant with a wide range of skills. In blending her experience with ​coaching, leadership development, people-related strategy​, ​systems change​, ​human-centered design​, ​diversity & inclusion ​and​ mindfulness​ she supports organisations, teams and individuals to wake up and grow. Organisations are a fertile ground for positive transformation in the world and Manoella is part of making this happen.

Sep 2020

35 min 46 sec

Risk profiles associated with data privacy, security, and compliance are different when employees work from home rather than when they work at the office. Employee's home networks and their devices are rarely as secure as their employer's. In this webcast, Debbie walks us through the issues and explains how we can resolve them.

Sep 2020

36 min 40 sec

In this episode, Martin Belton examines Talent Transformation’s latest survey results and concludes that the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic may not be what you are expecting. The results of the survey were surprising.   

Aug 2020

7 min 19 sec

So many of today’s job roles have been thrown into confusion because of COVID19. Many other roles are being questioned as a result of the progress of AI and automation. But a timely new report from the World Economic Forum (WEF) might just be the blueprint we are looking for in a post-pandemic world. Eric Shepherd reviews its finding.

Jul 2020

11 min 22 sec

When normality returns, we will be facing a different set of challenges and opportunities than we had back in 2019. Martin Belton takes a look at the mindsets we're going to need from a personal and a business stance.

May 2020

6 min 57 sec

As we struggle with the new normal brought to us by the coronavirus we are providing insights for leaders to better understand how they can manage themselves, manage others and manage their organizations. World renowned Hogan Assessments provides assessments that are used for recruitment and leadership development. It is a great privilege for us to have Ryne Sherman, Hogan’s Chief Science Officer,  and John Horton, lead consultant for Hogan’s Independent Consultants Network, share their wisdom on how we can better manage change.

May 2020

32 min 49 sec

Today we’re all having to come to terms with the effects and challenges of COVID-19. But one thing we have learned during this terrible epidemic is just how powerful analytics have been in the fight to contain the virus and flatten the curve.  On this webcast, we're joined by: Chris Moore, President & CEO of the workforce analytics organization ZeroedIn. I’m going to be asking Chris about how analytics will be used in the boardroom and throughout the organization during the COVID 19 outbreak and beyond. And from the leading healthcare learning provider HealthStream Gregg Loughman, Vice President & General Manager for People and Growth Solutions and Jennifer Hamrick, Product Manager of People and Growth Solutions In industries, like healthcare, the changes brought about by COVID-19 are clearly seismic. From a new world of work perspective, we’d like to know about the kind of new tools and solutions that providers are adopting and how the presence of covid-19 is accelerating or even slowing down that process. This webcast shows dashboards that HealthStream to keep stakeholders informed with powerful and useful analytics.

Apr 2020

39 min 21 sec

Given the current pandemic, we wanted to invite an expert in predictive analytics and human resources to help us understand the mindsets required to work from home and leaders and their teams are going to deal with the ambiguities of a very uncertain future. Tonia Emery is an experienced human resources executive and trusted advisor to the C-Suite who is known for thinking conceptually, analytically and critically translating the corporate and competitive strategy through global corporate initiatives.

Apr 2020

34 min 58 sec

Robert Ogilvie provides insights for leaders to manage their own emotions and the emotions of others during a crisis given working from home and social distancing. Robert's focus is building emotional intelligence for leaders to improve team and self-management. With his background in cognitive psychology, psychometric assessments, experience with C level professionals, as well as being an associate certified coach Robert has helped thousands of individuals and leaders. 

Mar 2020

28 min 4 sec

C-Suite executives are used to managing organizations with the help of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and Objective and Key Results (OKR’s). But, during a crisis like we’ve never seen, these critical tools and indicators will need refreshing. In this article, I suggest new datasets that are needed to evaluate the organization’s health.

Mar 2020

6 min 38 sec

Homeworking is nothing new. But for reasons we all recognize, the concept is now being extended to new groups of employees, managers, and leaders. For all of them, this brings a new raft of responsibilities, actions, and tools to learn. Specifically, it falls on our managers and leaders to create an environment to support these new workers. Let alone ways of encouraging best practices in this new world. This is important. A poor homeworking environment will lead to a lack of motivation and understanding beyond anything we see in normal day to day office workings. In this episode, I am providing 10 easy-to-follow tips to help you provide a great homeworking ecosystem.

Mar 2020

7 min 49 sec

As well as increasing the efficiency of organizations, AI is helping us in the fight against coronavirus. As fears over the Covid-19 coronavirus continue to grow, scientists are turning to artificial intelligence to help them understand more and combat it at every level. There are three areas that AI is helping us combat Covid-19: Revealing patterns of infections to inform citizens and public policy Provide diagnosis quickly and effectively to quarantine and treat those infected Develop treatments and vaccines and then evaluate their effectiveness

Mar 2020

4 min 42 sec

In this episode, Peter Yorio explains Conversational Intelligence (CI-Q) and how important this is for the new world of work. CI-Q is based on decades of neuroscience research and explains how conversations occur on three levels. Level one communications are transactional. Level two communications are positional, and level three communications are transformational.

Mar 2020

25 min 45 sec

AI is presenting amazing new opportunities for organizations. But it also adds new layers of complication to planning, managing and engaging workforces. In this episode, we suggest that employee engagement centers can be the answer.

Feb 2020

12 min 19 sec

In this episode, we take a look at this year’s conference on capitalism. It’s easy to imagine that attendees to Davos 2020 may be losing a little sleep after the event. In addition to the eye-watering ticket prices, they were confronted with presenters scaring them to death with tales of climate disasters and humans losing jobs as they are being replaced with machines in the workplace as the Fourth Industrial Revolution powers on.

Feb 2020

6 min 59 sec

Jane Smith is a Fellow of the CIPD and has many years of experience in senior HR roles at several large organizations including SERCO (50,000 employees) and recently Heathrow (70,000 employees and contractors).

Feb 2020

31 min 57 sec

Competency models are frameworks that act as guides for governments, schools, colleges, universities, employers, students, employees, and job seekers. In this podcast, Eric Shepherd explains how these models define the behaviors and capabilities required to perform a task. 

Feb 2020

10 min 13 sec

Predicting the future is a popular pastime, especially at the start of the year. But how do we know which predictions might come true? And how can get better at it? Eric Shepherd looks into his crystal ball. "Prediction is very difficult, especially if it's about the future!" said Niels Bohr, the Nobel laureate in Physics and father of the atomic model, and social scientists seemed to agree. As if to prove Bohr's point, the eminent physicist Stephen Hawking admitted in later years that some of his early predictions about the universe were not entirely correct.

Feb 2020

7 min 43 sec

In this episode, Eric Shepherd and Martin Belton explain what they are learning about the future of work. Eric Shepherd is based in the US and is an accomplished leader of international businesses and associations focused on talent, assessments, and success. Martin Belton has provided marketing solutions to organizations supplying HR and Learning solutions throughout Europe.

Feb 2020

21 min 26 sec

In this episode, Eric Shepherd and Martin Belton explain why they started the Talent Transformation Guild. Eric Shepherd is based in the US and is an accomplished leader of international businesses and associations focused on talent, assessments, and success. Martin Belton has provided marketing solutions to organizations supplying HR and Learning solutions throughout Europe.

Feb 2020

26 min 49 sec