Topgrading, 3rd Edition

  • by Bradford D. Smart
  • Narrated by Erik Synnestvedt
  • 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Great companies, large and small, rise or fall because of their talent: The more high performers on your team, the more successful your organization will be. Of course, that’s easier said than done. Research shows that only about 25% of all new hires turn out to be high performers. But companies that have used Brad Smart’s Topgrading system over the past two decades have boosted their hiring success rates dramatically - sometimes even to 90%.
Three huge problems account for the typical poor results in hiring: dishonesty (via deceptive résumés), incomplete information (via shallow interviews), and lack of verifiability (via biased references). Topgrading shows how to solve all three problems. Instead of hir­ing by your gut reactions to résumés and interviews, you can start using a scientifically honed process that compels candidates to be totally honest. Smart, one of the world’s foremost experts on hiring, has personally helped hundreds of companies double, triple, or even quadruple their hiring success rates. His clients have ranged from global giants to small businesses in every field imaginable. Hundreds of thousands of followers have applied the lessons and tools of the first two editions of Topgrading.
The Topgrading system makes hiring easier, faster, and more successful than any other process. And it works at every level, from the front lines to senior management. For the first time in seven years, Smart has fully revised and updated Topgrading with many new tools, techniques, and case studies.
Topgrading isn’t just about hiring and promoting - it’s also about developing talent. It enables leaders to reward their A Players, coach their Bs to become As, and weed out the Cs who are beyond improvement. Many great leaders know that Topgrading works. Find out how it can help your company gain a big competitive advantage.


What the Critics Say

“Brad helped us develop the tools to pick A-player leaders at GE.” (Jack Welch)


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Customer Reviews

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Is there anything you would change about this book?

This book has some hidden gems of knowledge for sure, but it is overly laden with blatant sales pitches for the Topgrading consulting program. The voice of the reader is annoyingly arrogant, as well. He sounds like an infomercial. I recommend buying the paper book, so you can skim to your pleasure...and be ready to pay for some online tools to actually implement the recommendations.

What could Bradford D. Smart have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

To make this book more enjoyable, Bradford Smart could have stepped off his high horse and spoken in a more relatable tone, providing information about what Topgrading is all about before touting the benefits of his program for hours.

What does Erik Synnestvedt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Nothing - just an annoying tone of voice.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?


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- M. Cohen

Very self serving

top grading is an excellent idea and practice. the 20% 9f this book that focuses on the what and how of top grading was excellent and worth the read.

the 80% of the book that was extremely self serving, self complimentary, and ego stroking of the author made the book almost unbearable at times. I had to keep telling myself to focus on the positive educational parts and to keep going despite the hours and hours of the author's endless self promotion. Greatly disappointing.
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- Timothy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-16-2012
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC