Topgrading by Bradford D. Smart Ph.D.
How Leading Companies Win by Hiring, Coaching, and Keeping the Best People, Revised and Updated Edition

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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.”

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BRAD SMART, Ph.D., is the president of Smart & Associates, Inc. A well-known industrial psychologist and consultant, he has helped hundred of companies improve their talent. Major companies that have embraced Smart's methods include General Electric, Bank of America, Barclay's, and American Heart Association. He is frequently called one of the world's foremost experts on hiring. Visit
Published April 7, 2005 by Portfolio Hardcover. 592 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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