History of Topgrading
“Topgrading is the definitive method for identifying top talent.”
Before relating a brief history, here is Topgrading, Inc. today: Our vision is simple: Topgrade the World (no kidding!). To realize that vision we:
1. Help organizations Topgrade. With the release of the third edition – Topgrading: The Most Proven Hiring and Promoting Method to Turbocharge Company Performance, Topgrading moves beyond showing that it is the best method for hiring. Forty case studies have CEOs of large and small companies all over the world stating clearly that Topgrading improved talent so much that they are certain the company is more successful. Indeed, the average improvement in hiring high performers for the 40 companies has been from 26% to 85%. The 3rd edition of Topgrading is dedicated to clients who ask for or launched Topgrading innovations: For example:
2. Help Not-For-Profits Topgrade. As Cass Wheeler said, when he was CEO of American Heart Association, "Topgrading saves lives." Royalties from Topgrading books (and other sources) help us contribute Topgrading tools to not-for-profits (NFPs) such as American Heart Association, Arthritis Foundation, Feed the Children, World Vision, Jane Goodall Foundation, Foodbank, Heritage Foundation, 600 schools in China, and National Academies. If you know of any NFPs with talent-oriented, A Player CEOs, encourage them to get in touch with us!
How Topgrading Evolved: A Brief History
The history of Topgrading is pretty simple. In college Brad worked in what were called personnel departments, administering hiring tests, and two things struck him – one, how shallow and superficial hiring methods were, and two, how bad the hiring results were. For most managers their worst headache was … talent!
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During the 1990s Brad and son Geoff (ghSmart, Inc.) spent long hours changing the image of the methods, which previously sounded like an interviewing book or course, into a major organizational change - a set of best practice to be driven by CEOs. The word Topgrading came into being and Geoff and Brad authored the first article on Topgrading.
Brad led a conference just for the #1 Human Resources executives of the world's largest 100 companies. These executives admitted that only about 25% of the people they hire and promote turn out to be the high performers they expected. But 75% turn out to be small to catastrophic mis-hires. The Topgraders in the room confidently reported that Topgrading methods helped them double and triple their success hiring and promoting people.
You can learn the commonsense Topgrading methods. You really can be like Jack Welch, Cass Wheeler, and thousands of managers who cured their biggest headache – talent – using Topgrading methods.
That’s what Topgrading is all about – substituting talent headaches with that glorious feeling of achieving success because you have a team 80%-90% of high performers!