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Chat With A Topgrader: World Emblem, Inc.

Welcome to Chat With A Topgrader featuring World Emblem, Inc. Brad Smart:  About 30 of you are totally new to Topgrading and, again, you come from all sorts of different organizations.  We have quite a few of you from various fields on the line today — technology, consulting, healthcare, various forms of manufacturing, travel, a […]

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Topgrading Costs and ROI

We at Topgrading, Inc. might be a bit biased, but we believe there has never been a human resources or talent method that has so consistently demonstrated anything close to the effectiveness and sky-high ROIs of Topgrading. Summary: In this article you will see that with typical costs implementing Topgrading, and with very conservative estimates, […]

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Pilgrim Topgraders

Happy Thanksgiving!  How’s this for an idea:  If the Pilgrims had not been Topgraders, had they not elected an A Player leader, their Plymouth Colony would have failed and the Dutch, French, or Spanish would have taken over the New World.  No America.  No Thanksgiving.  Think about that this week as you enjoy your turkey […]

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Six Keys to Becoming a Happy A Player

The Topgrading Professionals at Topgrading, Inc., have asked tens of thousands of executives: How would you live your life or manage your career differently, if you could start over?  This is an indirect way of asking, “What might you have done differently in order to become a happier person? We’ve heard the same responses again […]

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Topgrading “CliffsNotes”

Below is your “One-Minute Topgrader” summary for your reference as you begin to Topgrade your organization from top to bottom. 1.  Measure your baseline.  Estimate percent high performers you’ve hired and/or promoted, and use the Cost of Mis-Hires Form to estimate the cost of a bad choice and the number of hours wasted (by everyone, not […]

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Topgrading the Government: BusinessWeek Features Geoff Smart

Government needs A Player business leaders! I’m the proud dad of Geoff, who has a large company that uses Topgrading methods and who has done pro bono work in government. With only 8% of national and state government leaders having business experience, that simple fact tells a LOT about why government is so dysfunctional. Geoff’s Leadocracy is a New […]

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How A Players Can Fail

We were featured as the cover article in an issue of Workforce Management. The article quotes leading executives (including Jack Welch) who say Topgrading methods are the best for picking the top talent available for all jobs. But, you know that! Click here to read the article. The article continues to spark questions such as, […]

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Take the Hiring Best Practices Test (for CEOs, Human Resources, and all Hiring Managers)

Having assessed or coached more than 600 CEOs and as many heads of HR, plus another 6,000 hiring managers, I have amassed incredible intel on hiring best practices. The most successful heads of HR and CEOs I’ve interviewed cite eight success steps in helping their teams hire almost all high performers. You won’t be surprised […]

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Topgrading Is Most Crucial in a Sluggish Economy

During the past 40 years I’ve observed talent management practices in up markets and down markets, and have concluded two important points I’ll discuss in this issue: Almost all companies talk a good talent game, but most admit they over hire and tolerate mediocre talent in up markets; and A down or sluggish economy is […]

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Intuition Can Save or Kill Your Hiring Success!

Summary: Most hiring decisions are made intuitively, in only four minutes — with 75% of those hires resulting in costly mis-hires. Those who follow Topgrading disciplines enjoy 80%+ excellent hires. By following Topgrading disciplines, Topgraders do trust their intuition … but only AFTER gathering a huge amount of candidate information. Background: Intuition as a basis […]

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