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A Simple Way to Determine Who Are Your A Players

Every leader, including you, wants to have a team of high performers, A Players. When leaders hear about Topgraders achieving 85% high performers they want to know how many As, Bs, and Cs they have. Analyses of each of their people can become very complex and confusing. What were their accountabilities? To what extent did …

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The One Blockbuster Hiring Question

If you could ask a candidate for hire only one question, for any job from entry clerk to CEO, what would be the most powerful, most revealing question? I should know — I’ve written 6 books on hiring, trained tens of thousands of managers in the most effective interviewing techniques, and I’ve conducted over 6,000 …

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The Most Important Skill for Leaders

How do I know what the most important skill for leaders to have is? I’ve assessed and coached 6,500 executives, from Vice President to CEOs, and from startups to Global 100 companies. I should know what the most important skills are and even what the most important skill for leaders is. To give you a …

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How to Fix Your Biggest Interviewing Mistake

This blog presents the most common and most serious interviewer error and shows you how to avoid it so that you can get the deepest insights into candidates for hire. We at Topgrading know a lot about interviewing. I’ve written 5 hardbound books on the subject. We have learned the most probing, revealing interview techniques …

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The High Costs of Mis-Hires Are Higher Than You Think

Do you know how much it costs you when you hire the wrong person? We have researched this topic for decades, and during all those years we’ve found that executives grossly underestimate the costs of mis-hires… until we hand them the Topgrading Cost of Mis-Hire Form and they systematically estimate the costs. Our research on …

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My Scariest Interview – He Threatened to Kill Me!

Hi, I’m Brad Smart, founder of Topgrading. This blog is mostly just to entertain you, but with one important lesson about interviewing. As a professional interviewer of candidates for top jobs, I have conducted thousands of five-hour interviews. And among those interviews a few bizarre and even scary things happened. This blog tells you one …

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Two Dozen Brief Topgrading Case Studies

We have 300 pages of detailed case studies on our site, but we’ve had a lot of requests for brief summaries of just a few. This blog shows a couple dozen – just the name of the company, their Topgrading results, and a quote or two from the CEO saying Topgrading made the company more successful. To …

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How to Interview for Culture Fit

Assessing candidates’ “culture fit” is becoming more important everywhere, and the best way to measure culture fit is the Topgrading Interview. With record lows in unemployment, you know it’s getting harder and harder to attract high performers, A Players, at all levels of companies in the US. Global clients say that as the business world …

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“Cheetah” CEOs Outperform “Lamb” CEOs

Topgrading research disputes what has become the mantra in leadership books and even Harvard Business Review, and that is that Emotional Intelligence (EI) is the most important competency for a leader. University of Chicago researchers studied 225 CEOs assessed with Topgrading methods and found that Cheetah CEOs (Extremely High in Driving Results but only High …

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#1 Management Book in UK Written by Topgraders

At Kensington Palace my son’s consultancy, ghSmart, won a most prestigious award: The Chartered Management Institute named The CEO Next Door the BEST management book of the year. The book mines 17,000 reports based on Topgrading interviews to show how managers rise to become successful CEOs. Two of Geoff’s partners accepted the award at the black-tie …

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