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#2 Leadership Book; Dream Team; Surprise Finding; Olympic Torch
July 31, 2012

#1 Leadership Skill; 4 More; Cheating System; 3rd Edition Topgrading

"…keeping you great"


#1 Leadership Skill — hiring, period. You hire the right person and life is great for many, many years; you hire the wrong person (or not the best person) and life is less great – I'll just leave it at that! And the key is Topgrading. But what if a "C" player reads Topgrading – can they cheat the system? More below, but first…

5 Best Leadership Books — in the spirit of "it takes a village of gurus", I'm going to highlight two of the five most important leadership books ever written this week and next – precisely because they've stood the test of time and have been significantly updated. Here's a link to my summary of these five books – you master the skills in these books and you're in the top 5% of leaders.

Dramatically Updated/Improved — the first book to be extensively updated is Brad Smart's Topgrading (3rd Edition): The Proven Hiring and Promoting Method that Turbo charges Company Performance. This former doorstop of a guide has been totally rewritten and shortened by Brad, the man behind Topgrading for 35+ years. It's now truly a definitive "how to" guide for hiring which also includes 40 case studies of named companies, both large and small, who have implemented Topgrading.

Triple Hiring Success Rate — for the 40 companies highlighted, hiring performance more than tripled. Pre-Topgrading, these firms averaged just 26% high performers; after Topgrading it soared to 85% high performers. Brad has done an excellent job refining the Topgrading process and streamlining it for growth firms. As Brad notes "mis-hires are far more devastating to growth firms than to mega companies (though we'll see if Yahoo! finally made the right CEO decisions)."

Additional How-To Implementation Manual — if you go to a special link this week to order copies for your leadership team (they'll want one to refer to often) you'll also get Brad's How-To Implementation Manual and a 30-minute video summarizing his latest and most practical Topgrading tools – worth showing at a weekly or monthly management meeting.

Can "C" Players Cheat the System — Brad addresses this specific situation in one of his blog posts entitled "How A Players vs. C Players Answer Topgrading Questions. He also includes a handy chart that compares the specific responses for various questions. He also wrote an excellent piece, including a chart, that compares the competencies of high performing leaders vs. B and C leaders.

Complete Online Course— in addition, Brad has a full 12 step online course that teaches each step; links to forms you can use (like the time-saving Pre-screening Interview form); and examples of interviews. This is must training for all leaders and managers with hiring responsibilities.

Verne Harnish
Verne Harnish
Verne Harnish is founder of the world-renowned Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) and chaired for fifteen years EO’s premiere CEO program, the “Birthing of Giants” and WEO’s “Advanced Business” executive program both held at MIT. Founder and CEO of Gazelles, a global executive education and coaching company with over 150 coaching partners on six continents, Verne has spent the past three decades helping companies scale-up. The “Growth Guy” syndicated columnist, he’s also the Venture columnist for FORTUNE magazine. He’s the author of Scaling Up (Rockefeller Habits 2.0); Mastering the Rockefeller Habits; and along with the editors of Fortune, authored The Greatest Business Decisions of All Times," for which Jim Collins wrote the foreword. Verne also chairs FORTUNE Magazine’s annual Leadership and Growth Summits and serves on several boards including chairman of The Riordan Clinic and the newly launched Geoversity. He is an investor in many scale-ups. A father of four, he enjoys piano, tennis, and magic as a card-carrying member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.