Speaker: Dr. Brad Smart

Date: Friday, March 7
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 

General Assembly Session 5:

The Role that A, B & C Players Have in Determining Your Strategic Competitiveness


Date: Friday, March 7
Time: 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. 

Breakout Session 3:

How to Use the Basic Topgrading Principles


Speaker Bio:

Dr. Brad Smart - President, Topgrading, Inc.

Brad Smart - President, Topgrading, Inc.

Dr. Brad Smart is an internationally renowned management psychologist and consultant to many Global 500 companies. Brad completed his Ph.D. in Industrial Psychology at Purdue University, entered consulting, and after two years launched Smart & Associates, Inc., based in the Chicago area. In 2012, he changed the company name to Topgrading, Inc., and now also offers Topgrading Online Solutions along with Topgrading Professional Services. Brad is author of eight books and videos, including: 

  • Topgrading 3rd Edition: The Proven Hiring and Promoting Method That Turbocharges Company Performance
  • Topgrading: How Leading Companies Win by Hiring, Coaching, and Keeping the Best People
  • Topgrading for Sales: World-Class Methods to Interview, Hire, and Coach Top Sales Representatives, with Greg Alexander
  • The Smart Interviewer: Tools and Techniques for Hiring the Best
  • Topgrading Toolkit, hi-def videos and books to train in the 12 Topgrading hiring steps, including demos of all the interviews
  • Smart Parenting: How to Raise Happy, Can-Do Kids, with Dr. Kate Murasau

Brad is generally regarded as the world's leading expert on hiring and promoting best practices, having conducted more than 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. 

Dr. Smart's company helps CEOs and Human Resources managers Topgrade staff (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 being Topgrading using the Topgrading Online Solutions, including the Topgrading Snapshot (www.TopgradingSnapshot.com)
  • Training managers in Topgrading hiring methods
  • Implementing Topgrading Interview-based selection, to achieve an 80% (+) success rate in hiring