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“I Can’t Find Good Candidates!”

Introduction:  Despite the slowww recovery, with stubborningly high unemployment and underemployment, clients large and small complain that they just are not finding enough A Player candidates. Fortunately there ARE solutions. (This article is focused on the U.S., but many of the proposed solutions will apply throughout the world). The Problem(s):  Some researchers say there really […]

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Chat With A Topgrader: Dave Sibley, CEO, White Lodging

Brad Smart: Welcome to Dave Sibley of White Lodging. White Lodging is one of the fastest-growing, fully integrated, independent hotel, ownership, development, and management companies in the country. As a trusted partner, White Lodging consistently delivers superior hotel experiences and exceptional returns on investment among premium brand hotels across the country, making it one of […]

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HOW HR MANAGERS CAN RISE TO CEO – An Interview with Larry Washow

Meet the HR Manager who became a successful CEO: Larry Washow was COO (1998 – 2000) and then CEO and President (2000 – 2010) of Amcol, a $1.5 billion (market cap) global company in minerals, oil field services, environmental services, and transportation.  What is unusual is that Larry was an HR manager from 1977 until […]

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How NOT to Topgrade a Country (yes, Country!)

This article is just for fun.  It is the story my client told of his attempt to Topgrade his home country … by orchestrating a coup.  Seriously!  And over the years I’ve talked to dozens of citizens of his home country, and a third believe the following story, and the rest say there is probably […]

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The Easy Way to Improve Your Interviewing Skills

Most Topgrading companies conduct surveys every couple of years to provide managers feedback on how their teams view them. And a very consistent result over the years has been: Most managers are considered Only Fair or Poor as interviewers. In the hundreds of Topgrading Workshops we’ve held, we’ve asked managers to rate themselves as interviewers, and their […]

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Topgrading’s MOST Important Competency

Suppose we were sitting together on a plane and you asked, “Brad, I understand the basics of Topgrading, but what is the one thing that I could do to get the most out of Topgrading methods to turbo-boost my hiring success?” Hmmm.  I’d say, “Of 50 competencies Topgraders track on candidates for managerial jobs, Resourcefulness […]

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How to Topgrade Those Pesky Millennials

Introduction: For starters, stop referring to them as “pesky” or … spoiled, overly entitled, lazy, self-centered, lacking in loyalty, lacking in resourcefulness, afraid of accountability, hard to manage, and pesky (oops, already said that). Topgrading, Inc., clients all over the world are struggling to cope with “Millennials” — employees mainly in their twenties.  To lessen […]

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How A Players Stay in Shape

This article is sort of a “silver bullet,” with advice that has enabled hundreds of busy, high-performing A Players to exercise, get in shape, and then stay in shape … following this counter-intuitive dictum: NO PAIN, YOU GAIN!  And with all the hype about “easy” ways to get in shape and lose weight, you are skeptical.  […]

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How C Players and A Players Communicate with Top Management

Having conducted hundreds of thousands of 45-minute, confidential interviews in which senior executives are assessed by their coworkers, Topgrading Professionals have discerned a clear pattern in how those top managers assess C Players’ and A Players‘ communication skills. So we know how most executives like to be communicated with.  This short article spells out the […]

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How A Players Make Decisions

Summary: A Players 1. Learn at WARP speed 2. Analyze the heck out of everything 3. Connect the dots better than others 4. Are decisive (but sometimes hip shoot) 5. Are fanatical about executing the decision 6. Have a secret weapon – they are highly, highly resourceful!

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