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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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Chat With Successful Topgraders: Culligan International

January 9, 2014 Chat Transcript Guests: Scott Clawson, President & Chief Executive Officer at Culligan International; and Kelley Mudgett, Director of Human Resources – North America at Culligan International Moderator: Dr. Brad Smart, President & CEO, Topgrading, Inc. Summary:  Scott and Kelley’s advice to would-be Topgraders: Topgrade the whole company. Require that all Topgrading methods […]

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When to Hire and NOT Hire People With Passion

Most companies include Passion among their competencies, but some are not clear by what they mean and end up hiring people who are passionate about something that will not produce the results they want from them. Ahh, the weekend, a time to get out on the water and enjoy boating! But first, one of my […]

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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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