Topgrading Case Study ghSMART Named Top Consultancy

Sorry, this is a proud dad blog but… my son’s consultancy, ghSMART, recently received top rankings by Forbes (ratings by CEOs) and by Vault (ratings by employees).

ghSMART & Company was ranked #1 in the 2020 Vault study of Best Consulting Firms to Work For in the categories of client interaction, level of challenge, and overall satisfaction. The leadership advisory firm also ranked in the top 5 in the categories of selectivity, hours in the office, work/life balance, overall business outlook, internal mobility, and compensation. Sure, McKinsey was ranked #1 in the world overall, but ghSMART beat McKinsey as a best place to work on 3 factors.

ghsmart ranked number 1 in client satisfaction

Vault reported, “The employees at ghSMART that responded to our annual survey hold their colleagues in such high esteem that we’d be remiss not to highlight the firm’s culture as a crucial differentiator. While consultants at most firms are quick to lavish praise on the people they work with, hearing one ghSMART insider describe their coworkers as the ‘most accomplished, good-hearted, and enjoyable team on the planet’ speaks volumes to the caliber of talent ghSMART hires.”

About According to its website, Vault is best known for its influential rankings, ratings, and reviews on thousands of top employers. The data used to compile these rankings and reviews are collected and verified through directed surveys of active employees and enrolled students. Information about the 2020 Vault Consulting rankings is available here. All of ghSMART’s rankings are available here.

About ghSMART: ghSMART is a leadership advisory firm. Forbes named ghSMART to its list of “Best Management Consulting Firms” for the past three years. Harvard Business School has published two case studies on the firm as a pioneer in the leadership advisory business.

Geoff launched ghSMART while he was in graduate school in 1995. Geoff wanted to launch his own firm rather than become the son in Smart & Son. He and I collaborated on Topgrading theory and practice and we shared some clients in the early days. It was a pleasure to work together and I know Geoff appreciates my mentoring and guidance as he built his firm.

ghSMART published the New York Times bestseller Who: The A Method for Hiring (Smart & Street), The Wall Street Journal bestseller Power Score: Your Formula for Leadership Success (Smart, Street, and Foster), and the New York Times bestseller The CEO Next Door: The 4 Behaviors That Transform Ordinary People into World-Class Leaders (Botelho & Powell).

ghSMART, recognized as a top-of-the-line consultancy, uses Topgrading hiring methods to hire almost all A Players internally, as well as to advise client companies on hiring and developing talented teams.

You can read the ghSMART case study and dozens of others here.

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