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3.67  ·  Rating Details  ·  333 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Great companies don’t just depend on strategies—they depend on people. The more great people on your team, the more successful your organization will be. But that’s 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 Smart’s advice in Topgrading hav ...more
ebook, 592 pages
Published April 7th 2005 by Penguin Group (USA)
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Phillip Bryant
Jul 05, 2012 Phillip Bryant rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Way too long!
Aug 24, 2012 Vickie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Didn't find this book as ground-breaking as other readers. Yes, the main concept was interesting, but it seemed like a one long promo for his childrens' consulting busineses.
Leader Summaries
Desde Leader Summaries recomendamos la lectura del libro El valor del capital humano, de Bradford Smart.
Las personas interesadas en las siguientes temáticas lo encontrarán práctico y útil: recursos humanos, atraer, motivar y retener a los empleados.
En el siguiente enlace tienes el resumen del libro El valor del capital humano, Cómo identificar a los empleados excelentes: El valor del capital humano
John Boettcher
Aug 09, 2013 John Boettcher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was good, as was the concept behind it, and the data that supports it. However, I think that the book was a bit long for what it was trying to prove, and they should have perhaps just stuck with teaching businesses how to conduct meaningful interviews and how to identify good employees and separating them from the bad.

Besides the length and a little bit of fluff in the book, I gave it 5 stars because anyone that has ever given an interview, or anyone who has ever had to write question
Book was good but not groundbreaking. The concept is sound but maybe should've been shorter in length and explained in simpler manner.
Apr 29, 2015 Phillip rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
May have had some good points... I don't know, because I didn't make it past the 2nd cd. It seemed like a giant advertisement for his company.
R.W. Clark
Catchy title in the category of management tool of the month.
May 05, 2012 Rob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: management
This book was on the shelf in my old boss's office, so I borrowed it just to see what she was reading. Thirteen years later the lessons in the the book have stuck with me.

Most of the book is about why the hiring decision is so important, and why it's important to retain top talent. The reason I still have it on my shelf though, is the great section on how to properly conduct an interview. See p. 226 "A short version of the CIDS interview."

I highly recommend it for anyone making a hiring decisi
Great system and content, yet the way it's written and structured can be very disorienting
Charlane Brady
A must read for anyone hiring anyone. It is hard to think of an organization in any field that cannot benefit from this book. After working in the hi-tech start-up industry for 10+ years (Silicon Valley + International) I agree with about 99% of this book.

Many just cannot get the people thing right.
Anthony Auston
In a nutshell, the author claims that there's little room for emotional intelligence in a high-performing organization while in the same breath saying that people are what make organizations successful. You can't have one without the other, "Smart."
Dec 20, 2012 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this for work - very interesting concept for "upping" the talent at an organization. Principles can be applied, but really needs to come from the leadership down in order to be effective.
Feb 22, 2013 Brook rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thorough if perhaps overly long. Its prescription for extended interviews helped us steer clear of some potential hires. Would that I had read it sooner!
Colin Keeley
The book has great ideas but 90% of the pages are wasted trying to convince the reader to follow the program. Should be ~100 pages.
Cris V.
Oct 21, 2013 Cris V. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book, top notch for people who want to lead HR in a different way. Highly recommended.
Jul 23, 2008 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The importance of 'A' level employees and why the 90/10 rules is always true
Kyle Elworthy
Aug 15, 2012 Kyle Elworthy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great concepts for business, moving up or out
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