Dr. Brad Smart is an internationally renowned management psychologist and consultant to many Global 500 companies and hundreds of entrepreneurs. Brad completed his Ph.D. in Industrial Psychology at Purdue University, entered consulting, and after two years launched his consultancy which is now Topgrading, Inc., based in the Chicago area. Dr. Smart is author of seven books and videos, including: “Topgrading: The Proven Hiring and Coaching Method that Turbocharges Company Performance (2012),” a New York Times and Wall Street Journal best seller. “Topgrading for Sales: World-Class Methods to Interview, Hire, and Coach Top Sales Representatives” (2008) by Dr. Brad Smart and Greg Alexander; “Topgrading Toolkit,” hi-def videos and books to train in the 12 Topgrading hiring steps, including demos of all the interviews by Dr. Brad Smart; “Smart Parenting: How to Raise Happy, Can-Do Kids,” by Dr. Brad Smart and Dr. Kate Mursau.
Brad is generally regarded as the world’s leading expert on hiring and promoting best practices, having conducted over 6,500 chronological Topgrading Interviews in over 200 companies. Advisor to CEOs and heads of Human Resources of leading companies, and to entrepreneurs across the globe, Brad was profiled on the front page of the Wall Street Journal and has been featured on CNN and in numerous publications including Fortune, Inc., and Chief Executive. His Topgrading Interview has been embraced as the best practice by companies including General Electric, Honeywell, Barclays, and American Heart Association. Topgrading, Inc., helps CEOs and heads of Human Resources Topgrade companies pack the team with all A players by: using the Topgrading Interview-based assessment to determine who are the A, B, and C players; coaching B players to become A players, and A players to remain A players; setting up companies of all sizes to immediately begin Topgrading using the Topgrading Online Solutions, including the Topgrading Snapshot; training managers in Topgrading hiring methods; implementing Topgrading Interview-based selection, to achieve an 80% success rate in hiring.
- Topgrading: How to Get Top Talent on the Bus
- How to Avoid Costly Mis-Hires
- How Leading Companies Triple Their Hiring Success
- Hire Dramatically Better Talent at All Levels
- Topgrading: The Most Proven Method to Hire A Players
Business, Hiring, Human resource, Employee Retention, Management, Organizational Development, Performance
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"MarineMax is a huge fan of Brad Smart’s Topgrading system. We began the process in 2002 and we’re totally convinced Topgrading has significantly improved our bottom line." - MarineMax Inc.
"At Mint.com, we have very rigorous hiring. We use a technique called Topgrading, which reveals patterns in behavior. In the history of Mint, I've only fired two people and one left voluntarily." - Mint.com
"Brad’s second opinion interviews and topgrading methodology have helped us pick the right executives, which is key to making money in private equity." - Trivest Partners, L.P.