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Why Aren’t You Committed to Topgrading?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jun 11, 2012

Friday on my return from a meeting with the bone marrow transplant program and my transplant doctor (Dr Silverman) I had time to consider commitment as my wife and I drove back to Cedar Rapids from the University of Iowa.  The numbers given us about bone marrow transplant weren’t particularly encouraging.  Only about 15% of bone marrow transplant patients make it beyond a couple of years and get into complete remission of their cancer.   Appalling!  You thought the numbers are disappointing for people lying on their resumes.

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Topics: A Players, Topgrading, The Right People

Save Time Recruiting & Hiring with Topgrading’s SnapShot

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Fri, Jun 8, 2012

If you’ve spent any time hiring and recruiting then you know that when you get a lot of candidates to sift through, disqualifying them can be a big time investment headache.  Candidates that lie on their resume have reached appalling numbers, with even the top chap at Yahoo willing to deceive. 

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Topics: People, A Players, Topgrading

Talent Management Clean House – Greg Brenneman Houston Growth Summit

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Tue, May 10, 2011

Here’s a quick list of speakers today at the Fortune Leadership Growth Summit in Houston:

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Topics: leadership, A Players, Topgrading

Run, Improve or Create Systems. Selecting the Right People

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, May 9, 2011

A common mistake in the recruiting and hiring process is to be unclear about who and what you are hiring for.  With every one of our growing clients, we recommend Topgrading methods to select the right employees.  It’s important to recognize that of the Four Decisions that impact your business growth, People are the critical first piece.  I remind you of Jim Collins words in Good to Great, “First who than what.” 

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Topics: Good to Great, Accountability, People, A Players, Topgrading, The Right People

Multipliers Are A Players – An A Player is Not Necessarily a Multiplier

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Wed, Mar 2, 2011

In my recent blog “Few Set the Bar At A Level” and newsletter “Make Your People Accountable” we discussed Topgrading and the importance of developing scorecards for each of your company positions.  This is important to raise expectations not only for new employees but your current staff as well.  A recent blog from the Sales Benchmark Index points out the value in screening for A Players by using Topgrading’s Career History form with all candidates.  Check out Does my initial application focus on 'A' players? to learn how the Career History form identifies potential A Players.

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Topics: A Players, Two Day Rockefeller Habits Workshop, Topgrading, Multipliers

Few Set the Bar at A Level

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Feb 28, 2011

It’s possibly one of the most damning statements that can be made about a person or business.  It’s the equivalent of Jim Collins, “Good is the enemy of great.”

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Topics: Accountability, A Players, Topgrading, The Power of Full Engagement, A Level

The Value of An A Player

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Jan 13, 2011

Monday evening I had the opportunity to work with a basketball official who in addition to having officiated in the Iowa High School tournament is also officiating at the college level and serves as a trainer to referees in this area.  It was a refreshing change from some of the other officials I work with, and I noticed that his professionalism and excellence made me up my game improving my overall performance.  

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Topics: A Players, Topgrading, Multipliers

Hiring Discipline – How Lucky Are You

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Nov 15, 2010

On a scale of 0 to 10 with ten being extremely lucky, how lucky are you?

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Topics: Discipline, A Players

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