Welcome to Topgrading Case Studies !!
This is a unique educational tool in which named executives of named companies explain how they tripled their success hiring and promoting everyone from entry level employees to senior executive jobs. These case studies will be refreshed, updated, and revised … indefinitely, so they always remain current. This will allow you to access this area periodically to better understand how these executives are using Topgrading today to positively impact the success of their organizations.
In my soon to be released book, Topgrading, the 3rd Edition, 40 case studies demonstrate the success that these organizations are experiencing in hiring not just “ok” performers, but true high performers in positions ranging from entry level jobs to CEO.
Also, instead of advice from the author of the three editions of Topgrading (that would be me), every case study offers advice to would-be Topgraders from the executives actually tripled their success picking high performers. At the end of this introduction, I'll also offer you some suggestions regarding ways you can further your Topgrading education.
HOW TO USE THIS RESOURCE1. If you are not familiar with Topgrading, click [ HERE ] to download the free 80-page ebook, Topgrading 201.
2. Glance through the MASTER CHART. At a glance you’ll see all 40 case studies published in Topgrading – 3rd Edition. This “glance” will make it clear that Topgrading is for every organzation on the planet. At a little more than a glance you’ll see CEO quotes stating that Topgrading made their business more successful, and then highlights, including their success stats.
3. Then read the long case studies of companies you’re most interested in. But you might be very interested in reading many other case studies. For example, if your company is small and fast growth, you’ll probably gravitate to similar company cases. But if you want to dramatically improve hiring at entry levels, you’ll be interested in the details of how some large companies did it.
HOW COMPANIES BECAME, REMAIN, AND BECOME INCLUDED AS CASE STUDIESHOW THE INITIAL COMPANIES BECAME CASE STUDIES:
To prepare for Topgrading – 3rd Edition, I sent an email to our list of subscribers to Topgrading Tips, and asked for companies to call me if they had achieved 75% high performers hired and/or promoted … throughout the company or at least a major segments (all management, or whatever).
For every case study, the agreement was this: the CEO and I had to agree on what is in the case study; otherwise it didn’t become one. I was interested in the statistics. I wanted to be certain that the before and after Topgrading statistics were accurate. Although I wanted the most successful Topgrading companies to tell their story, and said “75% high performers hired and/or promoted was the threshold, I permitted some exceptions – an A Player head of a function Topgrading without the total company; one of 800 franchises of a caregiver company – one that took care of my ageing mother – dramatically improving hiring success; and some other special circumstances.
Also, a couple of companies were allowed to remain anonymous because they didn't want their competitors to be alerted to the competitive advantage that Topgrading has given them. The “26% - 85%” improvement is without weighting companies by size – it’s the simple mean average of the statistics in the Master Chart.
REMAINING A CASE STUDY:
As long as the CEO and I want the case included in this website, it will be. As always, I just want to know that the data on improvement in hiring and promoting are accurate. After that, companies are free to create case studies that burnish their recruitment brand.
How to become a case study: It’s simple – use Topgrading methods and honestly, for real, show improvement to at least 75% high performers hired and/or promoted throughout the company or in a significant part of the company. Why 75%? Because every company achieving 75% success is not satisfied; they’re going for 90% success.
You’ll read in many case studies just how well they are doing in the 12 Topgrading steps. As they do better in more of the steps, their success will improve, and no doubt they will want to edit their case study. Good for them!
HOW YOU CAN BECOME A CASE STUDY:
If you feel your organization qualifies and would like your results to appear here, please click [ HERE ] and express your interest and we'll contact you promptly.
CONTINUING YOUR TOPGRADING EDUCTION:
Reading the methods used and the advice of dozens of CEOs and heads of HR who tripled their success picking top performers is a practical way to learn. Ok, maybe their advice is more valuable than mine. But having conducted 6,500 Topgrading interviews and worked with hundreds of companies, I’ve paid attention to and learned from clients – to whom I dedicated Topgrading – 3rd Edition. So, under the assumption that I might have learned a lot from clients, visit the Topgrading Shop and learn more about our 2-DAY TOPGRADING WORKSHOPS, THE TOPGRADING WORKBOOK (used in our 2-day workshops), and in the NEW TOPGRADING TOOLKIT (including 7 hours of DVDs thoroughly explaining and demonstrating all 12 steps.
Here's to your Topgrading Success,
Dr. Bradford Smart, PhD