Topgrading How Leading Companies Win by Hiring, Coaching and Keeping the Best People

ISBN-10: 1591840813
ISBN-13: 9781591840817
Edition: 2005 (Revised)
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Description: Great companies dont just depend on strategiesthey depend on people. The more great people on your team, the more successful your organization will be. But thats easier said than done. Statistically, half of all employment decisions result in a  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/7/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 416
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 1.892
Language: English

Great companies dont just depend on strategiesthey depend on people. The more great people on your team, the more successful your organization will be. But thats 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 Smarts advice in Topgradinghave 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 talentas 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... Topgradingis for A players and all those aspiring to be A players.

Preface : what's new in topgrading
Introduction : talent wins
Topgrading : every manager's top priority
The financial and career costs of not topgrading
Hiring and promoting talent : the topgrading platinum standard
Redeploying chronic B and C players : a moral approach
Topgrading case studies : A players, no excuses
Obstacles to topgrading, and how A players overcome them : a review of major topgrading principles in part one
Becoming an A player : having your cake and eating it too
Fixing weaknesses in each of fifty competencies : the straightest path to success
Coaching 101 : the topgrading-based model
Case studies : coaching to fix weaknesses
Your most powerful tool : the topgrading interview guide
Avoiding legal problems : a "bulletproof" approach to safe hiring, managing, and firing practices
Epilogue : topgrading in the future
Topgrading interview guide
Self-administered topgrading interviewing guide
Career history form
In-depth reference check guide
Candidate assessment scorecard
Interviewer feedback form
Sample competencies - management
Sample individual development plan
Cost of mis-hires form
Topgraders - contact information for consulting and licensing forms

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