Topgrading: How Leading Companies Win by Hiring, Coaching, and Keeping the Best People

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Great companies don't just depend on strategies—they depend on people. The more great people on your team, the more successful your organization will be. But that's easier said than done. Statistically, half of all employment decisions result in a mishire: The wrong person winds up in the wrong job. But companies that have followed Bradford Smart's advice in Topgrading have boosted their successful hiring rate to 90 percent or better, giving them an unbeatable competitive advantage.

Now Smart has fully revised his 1999 management classic to reintroduce the topgrading concept, which works for companies large and small in any industry. The author spells out his practical approach to finding and managing A-level talent—as well as coaching B players to turn them into A players. He provides intriguing case studies drawn from more than four thousand in-depth interviews.

As Smart writes in his introduction, “All organizations, all businesses live or die mostly on their talent, and any manager who fails to topgrade is nuts, or a C player. . . . Those who, way deep down, would sooner see an organization die than nudge an incompetent person out of a job should not read this book... Topgrading is for A players and all those aspiring to be A players.”

On the web: http://www.topgrading.com/

 

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Has some checklists for only hiring A players. Geared mostly for corporates. Talks about how to integrate CEO, managers and HR. Too long and tedious Read full review

Contents

Every Managers Top Priority
3
Part
187
Having Your Cake
195
The TopgradingBased Model
246
Coaching to Fix Weaknesses
272
Part Three
307
A Bulletproof Approach
354
A Topgrading Interview Guide
431
B SelfAdministered Topgrading Interviewing Guide
486
Career History Form
502
InDepth Reference Check Guide
511
E Candidate Assessment Scorecard
518
G Sample CompetenciesManagement
527
H Sample Individual Development Plan
536
and Licensing Forms
544
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Bradford D. Smart, Ph.D., is the president of Smart & Associates, Inc., based in the Chicago area. A well-known industrial psychologist and consultant with nearly thirty-five years in practice, he has worked with dozens of major companies, including General Electric, Bank of America, and John Deere.

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