The key to building a superior company, an increasing number of observers now agree, is the ongoing ability to recruit and retain superior personnel. In Topgrading, industrial psychologist and global consultant Bradford Smart expands upon this idea by examining in great detail exactly how today's premier organizations have assembled such top-level employees, and then showing precisely how others can do it, too. "Simply put, topgrading is the practice of packing the team with A players and clearing out the C players," Smart writes. "'A players' is defined as the top 10 percent of talent available at all salary levels--best of class. With this radical definition, you are not a topgrader until your team consists of all A players. Period." Essentially a best-practices manual for developing this outstanding personnel pool, the book is based on more than 4,000 interviews and case studies conducted by Smart at major corporations like General Electric as well as fast-growing high-tech companies and small family-owned firms. He further bolsters its effectiveness by including his extensive "Chronological In-Depth Structured Interview Guide," along with other assessment tools and hands-on strategies for assembling an ideal work team. --Howard Rothman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Topgrading is the definitive manual for becoming an A player and for recognizing those traits in others. -- Larry Bossidy, coauthor of ExecutionSee all Editorial Reviews
This is much more a marketing and enticer for the more expensive videos than a proper guide. It actually isn't a guide at all - was quite irritated by the limited detail!Published 4 months ago by Wolfgang von Loeper
Great concepts in the book but more for large corporations than the small business owner.Published 6 months ago by Brett T. Smith
This book is ridiculous. As the top rated reviewer notes, this book is more of a marketing pamphlet for the author's services. Read morePublished 6 months ago by S.T.
This is a great book but it did not arrive in time for my needs so I returned it.Published 6 months ago by Winebyrd
The idea sounds pretty powerful but this book comes across like a sales tool. Chapter five - create a score card. OK that sounds good. Sorry this chapter is TWO pages! Read morePublished 11 months ago by L. Dye
This a great book for learning how to be and to recruit A players. At the end of the day the leader must develop the managerial courage to pull the trigger when required. Read morePublished 13 months ago by William L. Mince
As a 25 year experienced HR professional I have gone from hot to cold on the practice of "Top Grading". Read morePublished 13 months ago by W Alexander Hodges