Get on the Path to Peak Performance

Topgrading is how you hire high performers.

Great teams don't just come together; it takes the right strategy and the right process. Topgrading has been a trusted partner to CEOs and Human Resources executives for more than 40 years.

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Get on the Path to Peak Performance

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What We Do

Topgrading builds and maintains high performing teams through proven hiring, development, and promotion strategies.


Whether your company is searching for a new leader, replacing an executive team member, promoting a manager, or bringing on entry-level employees, we have the methods, training, and tools to help you hire with confidence.

Better Candidates

Our methodology and tools streamline the hiring process, narrowing your candidate pool to only those who are the best fit.

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Better Hires

Companies that use Topgrading achieve unprecedented success hiring and promoting high performers.

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Better Performance

Hundreds of CEOs and HR leaders say their companies are more successful because of Topgrading.

The State of Hiring in Business Today

Most hiring processes today are broken.

Typical interview and selection practices don’t reveal enough about a candidate to determine whether they would actually succeed in a given role. And technology hasn’t done much to improve hiring practices: Applicant tracking systems merely aggregate candidates, and bots too often screen out highly qualified candidates.


Topgrading eliminates the failures of typical interview and selection methods.

Our methods infuse each step of the process with the substantive, detailed, and uniquely accurate information essential to making excellent hiring decisions and setting up your team for long-term success.

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Why Topgrading?

Only Topgrading has dozens of case studies showing improvement in hiring from 26% to 85% high performers.

For Companies
Hire better people, grow faster, and deliver greater value to shareholders and stakeholders.

For Individuals
Everyone - from hiring managers to HR to candidates - enjoys far greater career success when they’re on a team of high performers.

Topgrading is a key strategy in our business plan that has helped generate the majority of our profits. Our growth would not have been possible without Topgrading.

Ken Griffin

CEO, Citadel

Because of Topgrading's coaching and methodology, I have been able to attract, hire, coach and retain exceptionally talented candidates. I strongly encourage you to make Topgrading an indispensable part of your leadership toolbox.

Bruce Smith

Chairman & CEO, Detroit Manufacturing Systems

The most valuable management skill a person can have is the ability to produce high-talent teams.  That’s why Topgrading's approach should be a top priority process in your organization.

Price Pritchett, Ph.D.

Chairman & CEO, Pritchett LP

Without Topgrading, E*TRADE would have gone under. Topgrading helped us survive and flourish.

Paul Idzik


We’ve been with Topgrading for 9 months now, and so far retention has been 100%, saving us a lot of money.

Milo Boyce

Manufacturing Manager, Fastco Industries

Topgrading has definitely made two companies I’ve run more profitable.

Scott Clawson

CEO, Culligan
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