Brad Smart, Author of Topgrading

Monday, May 16, 2011 - By: Chequed - Tags:

What percentage of your team are A players? If it’s not 60% or better, you’re in a position to make big improvements in your team’s performance.

Brad Smart, who worked with Jack Welch at GE to develop their talent selection tools, shares details about his approach to hiring in this latest installment in the Chequed.com HR Thought Leader Series.

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  • What are the three steps to hiring A players?
  • What’s the telltale sign of a C player?
  • How can you improve the results of reference calls?
  • How do Topgrading methods work with hourly and entry level candidates?

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About Brad Smart

As President of Smart & Associates, Brad Smart helps companies Topgrade by assessing and coaching teams, conducting Topgrading® workshops, and providing books, handbooks, and videos to help clients Topgrade on their own. The resulting improvements in company performance have been featured on the cover of The Wall Street Journal, in many Fortune articles, and on CNN.

Smart has thirty-five years in practice and has worked with dozens of major companies, including General Electric, Bank of America, and John Deere.  He earned a doctorate in organizational psychology from Purdue University and is the author of seven books and videos, including, Topgrading: How Leading Companies Win by Hiring, Coaching, and Keeping the Best People, The Smart Interviewer: Tools and Techniques for Hiring the Best, and the Topgrading Toolkit, a collection of hi-def videos and books to train in the 12 Topgrading hiring steps, including demos of all the interviews

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