Resource Reviews You Can Use: Topgrading

Posted by Chuck Kocher
On October 18, 2011

A theme you’ll hear me return to time and again is that business success is all about the people. Nothing can make or break a company faster than having the right (or the wrong) people in key positions. The quality of your talent (your people) is your most important business asset.

As business people we know this instinctively. We probably believe this—at least on an intellectual level. When it comes down to doing something about the quality of our people, however, we often stumble. It’s easier to fix supply chains and cash flow. There are programs that can help you with quality control. But fixing your people problems? That’s tough stuff! We all need help with that.

There’s a resource that I’ve found extremely valuable in helping companies develop the kind of talent they need to be successful, great companies. Topgrading: How Leading Companies Win by Hiring, Coaching, and Keeping the Best People is a wonderful resource that walks you through what you need to know (and do) to hire “A-level” talent, weed out “C-level” workers, and motivate and move your “B-level” players to “A-level” performance.

Here are just a few of the vital topics this terrific resource tackles:

  • Obstacles to Topgrading: How to Overcome Them
  • The Astronomical Costs of Mis-Hires: Company Killers and Career Derailers
  • Firing C Players: Is It Immoral?
  • Recruitment Best Practices: How to Avoid Mis-Hires
  • Case Studies: How to Topgrade
  • Becoming an A Player: Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too
  • Fixing Your Weaknesses: The Straight Path to Success
  • Case Studies: Coaching to Fix Weaknesses

Avoiding Legal Problems: A “Bulletproof Approach”

Getting the right people in the right place is too important to leave to chance. It’s hard work, but it pays huge dividends. And doing nothing doesn’t fix the problem. This book does a great job of presenting the urgency of fixing your people problems, and then giving you the tools you need to make it happen.

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